Patterson and Detert’s Future Political Plans Exemplify A Corrupt Political Process in Sarasota

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PATTERSON AND DETERT’S FUTURE POLITICAL PLANS EXEMPLIFY A CORRUPT POLITICAL PROCESS IN SARASOTA

 PART I

 By Jon Susce

If ever there was ever an example of how corrupt the political process has become in Sarasota, it is the future political plans of both Nancy Detert and Nora Patterson, who are running for political office in 2016.  It would be laughable if it wasn’t so disgraceful and scandalous, how two career political hacks like Detert and Patterson are making a mockery of the local political process.

If anyone wanted to witness an example of how a group of career political hacks are making a mockery out the local political process, one only needed to be at Marina Jacks not long ago, when Detert endorsed her political soul mate, Nora Patterson, who should be  under indictment instead of running for the Florida State Senate.

MOCKERY OF VOTERS TERM LIMIT LEGISLATION
DETERT

Both Patterson and her fellow political hack Detert are making a mockery out of the desires of Sarasota County voters who voted to end the reign of career politicians like Patterson and Detert by passing term limit legislation.

Incredibly, the 73 year-old Patterson is planning on extending her 24 year career for another six years as a political hack for the Florida Senate and the 72 year-old Detert is replicating  Patterson’s contempt for the local political process.

For example, Detert appears to care about little more than her ability to collect public sector checks for another eight years,  extending her political hack career to 32 years, by means of clinching a seat on the Sarasota County Commission.

In the case of Patterson’s bid to sip at the trough until she is 81— she was run out of the Sarasota County Commission kicking and screaming due to term limit restrictions two years ago— Patterson plans on making a mockery of local term limit legislation by running for the Florida State Senate.

Patterson intends to add 6 more years in Tallahassee to the 24 years she has already accumulated, shuffling along as a lackey for local and state multimillionaire developers like Neal and Benderson, who have a documented history of stuffing politicians like Patterson into their pockets.

DETERT— PATTERSON’S SOUL MATE AND FELLOW POLITICAL HACK
As for Detert, she initiated her career as a political hack when she served two terms as a Sarasota School Board LATVALA WITH NEGRONmember before serving 4 terms for a total of  eight years as a Florida State Representative. Having reached her term limit as a State Representative, Detert found no reason to get off the public trough, so she decided to run for the Florida State Senate, was elected and has served until again reaching term limit.

As a State Senator, Detert played up a progressive, environmentally friendly image as her public face, and because the macho men who run local and state politics needed someone two faced like Detert to give them some cover with environmentally conscious and progressive women, Detert got their “good housekeeping seal of approval.”

Once in the State Senate, Detert hooked-up with Jack Latvala, another longstanding career political hack out of Pinellas County. Latvala became one of Detert’s favorites and when Latvala recently began his campaign to become the ultimate of Florida Senate hack politicians as President of the Senate, Detert hitched her star to him.

But when it became apparent to Detert that Latvala was a loser in his race against  Negron, and at the same time knowing that her hiatus on the public dole in Tallahassee would expire due to term limits; she was not looking forward to being cast aside by Negron for backing Latvala.  So she looked around for a good opportunity to further extend her career as a politician and longstanding political hack.

DETERT TO REPLACE CHRISTINE  “THE CROOKED ARGUS POLITICAL HACK” ROBINSON

Detert needed to find a safe political office to increase her public sector pension by another 8 years for a total of 32 years, and also  to continue all the public freebies that go along with being a career political hack. She decided to run for a seat on the Sarasota County Commission, a public office that amounts to a hack politician’s political plum, being vacated due to term limit by  Christine “The Crooked Argus Politician Hack” Robinson.

All Detert had to do to get the approval of “Godfather Neal” was to hire Eric “The Prince of Dark PAC Money” Robinson, the DOCUMENTED “bag man” for Neal and his cronies, and husband of the “Crooked Argus Hack”, Christine Robinson.  Once Detert symbolically kissed the ring of the Godfather by hiring “The Prince of Dark PAC Money”, the only other candidate for the county commission seat, Jim Blucher pulled out the race and Detert is running unopposed.

Blucher stated that Neal, Benderson and others, who had originally pledged him financial support, reneged.  Once Detert entered the race their support for him evaporated.  Neal sealed the deal for Detert by contributing eighteen $200 contributions to Detert’s campaign.

DETERT AND $7.2 MILLION SWEETHEART DEAL FOR ANGELOS

PETER ANGELOS

By the way, another disturbing campaign contribution was found in in Detert’s recent campaign finance report, a contribution from John Angelos, who is the COO of the Baltimore Orioles and son of the owner, Peter Angelos.

The Angelos’ are recipients of a sweetheart deal which made Sarasota the spring training location for the Orioles, which Detert sheparded by leading the lobbying in the State Senate, procuring $7.2 million for the Angelos’ spring trading site in Sarasota.

The Angelos’ have a reputation in their home state of Maryland similar to local individuals like Neal and Benderson, who stuff politicians into their pockets, but in the case of Peter Angelos, he buys and sells state and national Democratic politicians.

TAMBURELLOS DETERT’S CONNECTION  TO ORIOLES “SPORTS TEAM EXECUTIVES”

Nicholas

Detert also received two, $200 contributions from Nicholas and Trista Tamburello, who are listed in Detert’s campaign finance report with John Angelos as ”Sports Team Executives” of the Baltimore Orioles. In addition there is another $200 contribution from a corporation called “CAMDEN COTTON BALL COMPANY, INC”, which is a entity that has Nicholas Tamburello in charge of the Orioles concessions, both with Orioles ballpark operations in Sarasota and Baltimore.

Also, according to Broward County Sheriff  records, Trista Tamburello was arrested in Broward County on five felony charges of resisting arrest with violence and in possession of illicit drugs such as xanax  and oxycodone SEE ATTACHMENT

PATTERSON SOLD HER VOTES FOR CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS

It’s incredible that Nora Patterson has, with the help of a corrupt criminal justice system, evaded indictment for various illegal criminal activities and is running for the Florida State Senate.

It’s amazing and absurd that Detert’s soul mate, Patterson should even contemplate running for political office considering what Henry Rodriguez revealed under oath in the multi-million dollar civil lawsuit brought by Hugh Culverhouse Jr. and filed against Rodriguez and Randy Benderson.

For example, Rodriguez stated UNDER OATH that he and Patterson acted illegally by passing information on an upcoming Sarasota County Commission meeting. Rodriguez further stated UNDER OATH that Patterson would vote for a resolution that would be financially favorable to himself and Benderson in return for a campaign contribution to Patterson’s re-election campaign for Sarasota County Commissioner in 2010.

Patterson’s sale of her vote and the passing of inside information concerning how Sarasota County officials would vote on projects upcoming before the Commission, in trade for political contributions, is not an isolated incident.

For example, there is an email exchange between former Commissioner Patterson; Mary Slapp, Executive Director of the Gulf Coast Builders Exchange; Paul Blackketter, who is a disgraced Benderson employee; and Brenda Carleton, a supporter of Benderson’s $70 million public/private partnership rowing park, which gives clear evidence that Patterson committed another criminal  act.

SERIOUS DOCUMENTED CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

THE PATTERSONS

Not only was Patterson’s passing of inside information in order to receive campaign contribution a serious legal issue, Patterson has serious conflict of interest legal issues.

For example, there are documented examples revealing that John Patterson, the local political rainmaker, attorney husband of Nora Patterson, gained financially as the result of votes on projects backed by Nora Patterson, while she was serving as a Sarasota City and County Commissioner. Those projects included, among others, the Sarasota County Sally Port project, the Sarasota County BOB Building, the Foxfire project, The Fruitville Initiative, and Marina Jacks to name a few.

Isn’t it ironic that Patterson’s fellow political hack, Detert endorsed Patterson at Marina Jacks?  John Patterson made hundreds of thousands of dollars representing Marina Jacks, getting sweetheart deals for his client, as Nora Patterson sat on the Sarasota City Commission.

JOHN PATTERSON USES NORA PATTERSON FOR FINANCIAL GAIN

Ever since John Patterson began his law practice in Sarasota, the Pattersons’ have been plying his trade as nothing more than a political rainmaker.  John Patterson has spun a web over the years, connecting himself to the local economic and political leaders like Detert, who with the assistance of his wife, Commissioner Nora Patterson have procured sweetheart deals for his clients.

This web of connections has protected the Patterson’s from being exposed as the center of a nefarious political system, which has engulfed Sarasota. Even the felony arrest of Bob Waechter, a long time close personal friend and business ally of the Patterson’s, has not touched this duo.

THE PATTERSONS CONNECTION WITH WAECHTER

CONVICTED FELON WAECHTER

Waechter’s close ties to Detert’s soul mates, John and Nora Patterson, are more than just acting as a political operative. Beginning in 2002, John Patterson’s signature was found on Waechter’s Articles of Organization filed with the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations. Until Waechter’s recent arrest for election fraud, John Patterson was the registered agent for various Watcher managed LLC’s. The Pattersons have had no problem with the fact that Waechter is well known as the area’s most devious and vicious political operative.

Beginning in 2002, John Patterson was involved with the following Waechter managed LLC’s: R & J 7600 LLC, R & J Wingate Plaza LLC, 1200 Ogden Industrial LLC, R & J Storcom LLC, and R & J Center Court LLC. R & J 7600 LCC involves property in which John Patterson has a 33% financial interest. R & J LLC is another Waechter managed LLC with John Patterson’s financial involvement.

WAECHTER PLACED NORA PATTERSON IN THE POCKETS OF THE GODFATHER

Consider this:  In Patterson’s re-election campaign for the Sarasota County Commission in 2010, a PAC put together by Waechter called SARASOTA DEMANDS ACCOUNTABILITY, raised $42,000 and documented:

  • $5,000 from Pat Neal
  • $5,000 from Gary Kompothecras
  • $5,000 from Bob Waechter
  •  $5,000 from Carlos Beruff
  •  $5,000 from Randy Benderson
  •  $1,000 apiece from Sen. Mike Bennett, Henry Rodriguez and Eric Robinson

WAECHTER IS LOCAL MASTER OF DIRTY POLITICAL TRICKS

Waechter managed PAC, SARASOTA DEMANDS ACCOUNTIBILITY not only raised money for Patterson’s re-election, but was also responsible for “Dirty Tricks” tactics, sending out flyers and making robo calls described as “mud-slinging”, and referenced in the media as, “Slimy, Awful, Misleading and Untrue.” The address of the SARASOTA DEMANDS ACCOUNTABILITY PAC on file with the Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections website in 2010, listed the registered agent and only officer as Bob Waechter.

PATTERSON DISCARDS FRIENDS AND ALLIES LIKE GARBAGE

RAMIREZ

The most despicable act by Nora Patterson, and a test of her true character, occurred when she had no problem having her political operative, Waechter throw her “friend” and political ally, Lourdes Ramirez  “under the bus” in order to preserve her own political ambitions.  Waechter was arrested and convicted of political fraud over this matter, which amounted to falsified, subversive maneuvers he attempted, to destroy the political career of Ramirez.

PATTERSON CRIMINALLY BULLET PROOF 

BRODSKY WITH TEAM PATTERSONDoes any logical person believe investigation of Nora Patterson, any other Sarasota County official or those who manage and finance their campaigns, will ever be implemented for criminal activity when you have Pat “The Godfather” Neal controlling the committee that recommends the Judges for the local 12th District Judicial Circuit?

Likewise does any logical person believe that any type of criminal investigation or indictments will be KNIGHTforthcoming, having to do with Nora Patterson’s activities or those of other local hack politicians, from the local State Attorney’s Office, headed up by Ed Brodsky? Especially since Brodsky’s political campaigns are financed by Neal and his cronies, and managed by political operatives like Bob Waechter, Mac Stevenson and Eric “The  Prince of Dark Money” Robinson?

Furthermore does anybody who can walk and chew gum at the same time believe that Sarasota County Sheriff, Tom Knight, whose campaigns are also financed by Neal and his cronies, and managed by Waechter, Stevenson and Robinson, will investigate corrupt local politicians like Patterson?

NORA PATTERSON SOLD OUT “TREE HUGGERS”

In the 2010 Patterson re-election there is an email from Patterson supporter, Henry Rodriguez who contributed to Waechter’s PAC for Patterson:

From: Henry Rodriguez, sent Saturday, October 24,  2009 10:30:10 GMT: To: Nora Patterson CC: N46545@AOL.COM  (Waechter’s email)  Subject: RE: Baby Grand Tree ordinance

Nora, There is a sleeping giant out there of people that have had enough of the Ann Kaplan’s and the CONA’s running things.

These regulations are strangling us and private property proponents. Ask your husband. I am concerned that the anger toward what Obama is doing on the National scene is going to explode here in Sarasota if we do not stop these private property assaults. Thank you for your concern, Henry

In the same Patterson re-election campaign there was an email from another contributor to Waechter’s PAC for Patterson, Gary Kompothecras:

Subject: RE: Re: From:  Nora Patterson  To: “‘gary@pgllc.com‘” <gary@pgllc.com> Date: 11-29-2009 7:07 pm

It’s pretty obnoxious for folks to stand on your land and lecture you while you are trying to photograph your family. I don’t blame you for being angry.

What Patterson was referencing in her email to Kompothecras is that she understood that Gary K. had a “problem” with the public causing “intrusions,” by walking on the beach in front of his Siesta Key “trophy house”—a beach  which is on public propriety.

NEAL MANIPULATES SO-CALLED PROGRESSIVE WOMEN POLITICIANS
It’s simply amazing how Neal and his multimillionaire developer “wise guys,” who control Sarasota County Government, use so called various “progressive” women candidates like Detert, Patterson and others as their political lackeys.

For years Detert’s political soul mate, Patterson has scammed the so-called local  “progressive,” organizations in both political parties, acting as though she were not the pockets of good ol’ boys like Pat “The Godfather” Neal, Beruff, Benderson, Rodriguez, Kompothecras and a few others.

These are the same good ol’ boys that have established major urban sprawl in the area and are documented major polluters of the local environment, all the while pumping campaign contributions to hack politicians like Detert and Patterson.

PATTERSON & DETERT PROMOTE CORPORATE WELFARE

Blackwater

A picture that speaks a thousand words about who and what Detert truly represents is the picture shown here of Detert walking together with Neal, and Florida Governor Rick Scott while touring the Benderson rowing park scam.

This was after Detert went along with Scott, granting another $10 million in public money to Benderson’s corporate welfare program.  This 10 million dollar “free lunch” to Benderson came after Patterson had previously voted, as a Sarasota County Commissioner, over $25 million in funding for Benderson’s “Scam on the lake”.

RINO’S & DINO’S HAVE A LOT IN COMMON POLITICALLY

What is scandalous is that Republican Detert is running unchallenged by Democratic opposition, which is not surprising considering that for years, the local Democratic Party led by Christine Jennings, Rita Ferrandino, Keith Fitzgerald and a few other Democrats in Name Only (DINO’S), have no problem in failing to put up a candidate to oppose Republicans in Name Only (RINO’S) like Patterson and Detert.

PATTERSON RUNNING FOR POLITICAL OFFICE AND NOT INDICTED IS SHAMEFUL

Again, it is indeed shameful that Detert’s political hack soul mate, Nora Patterson can avoid any criminal investigation by local law enforcement agencies, and at the same time both incredible, and contemptible that she is free to run for the Florida State Senate.

But what can one expect when you have local Judges being appointed through the recommendation of “The Godfather” Pat Neal; the Sarasota County Sheriff and the local 12th District Judicial States Attorney political campaigns essentially managed by individuals like Waechter, Mac Stevenson, and Eric Robinson, and financed by multimillionaire developers like Neal, Benderson, Beruff and a few other major developers, who have politicians like Patterson in their pockets.

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