Jimmy Is Sandbagging!
Conner Took Contributions from CEMEX and Out of State Mining PAC
Lake County Commissioner District 3 Jimmy Conner is sandbagging the people of Lake County and he is a political hypocrite. Conner is trying to sandbag the voters in Lake County with a political diversion by creating an issue on sand mines that does not exist. First, none of the candidates in last Thursday’s County Commissioner Candidate Forum voiced support for a sand mine in Lake County and everyone was in unison advocating for protection of neighboring property owners. Conner would have heard that, had he not skipped the forum by playing sick.
In fact, most citizens in Lake County have no idea what he is talking about in regards to sand mines. Conner is a liberal tax-and-spend career politician who is desperately trying create a political diversion, which takes the focus off of his crummy record of raising property taxes 13.8%, reducing garbage service for homeowners, voting for the highest impact fees, shaking down Lake County vendors, and creating an anti-business environment. In addition, Conner’s bullying tactics of women and county employees has grown old with most voters.
This is Why Conner is a Political Hypocrite:
Conner is a political hypocrite because he accuses others of being influenced by mining special interests, but he is the one who has actually taken their money. In his official Campaign Treasurer’s Reports recorded at the Lake County Supervisor of Elections Office, Conner has reported contributions from CEMEX, VulcanMaterials PAC, and C & C Peat.
On November 30, 2011, Conner accepted a $500 check from CEMEX. Now he rails against them as a Mexican company to stir up bitterness. On November 18, 2011, Conner accepted a $500 check from VulcanMaterials PAC, which is based in Birmingham, Alabama, and is the political arm of Vulcan Materials, which does mining to produce concrete materials. Maybe the reason why Conner is not supporting these companies now is they are no longer sending him dollars or pesos.
According to his Campaign Treasurer’s Report, Conner also took a donation from C & C Peat on October 15, 2012, and they are listed as a mining company. We are not sure what product they are mining, but obviously Conner had no problems with companies mining all kind of raw materials in Lake County as long as his campaign contributions were flowing.
These are the obvious campaign contributions from mining interests. Most of the time, when Conner approaches Lake County vendors for campaign contributions, he asks for company contributions as well as contributions from employees. If you look through Conner’s Campaign Treasurers Reports, there is a plethora of various companies and individuals with close ties to heavy construction.
The hard evidence is in Conner’s campaign records—he supported mining in Lake County, as long as the companies were donating dollars or pesos to his campaign. That makes him a hypocrite!
Don’t be fooled by Conner’s Tavares two-step. The truth is when the money ran out, Conner’s support ran out. We have reason to believe that Conner asked the sand mining industry for campaign contributions this year. Why? Because this is his MO—shake down vendors and those with business in front of the Lake County Commission and then punish them if they dare say no.
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