Mystery Pen Pal Mailer Continues
This Group is Targeting Jimmy and His Campaign Contributors
This weekend, another political mailer sponsored by Citizens Speaking Out Committee, Inc. denouncing Lake County Commissioner Jimmy Conner as a “Career Politician” who has a “Pay-To-Play Agenda” was stuffed in the mailboxes of Lake County voters. The group who sent this mailer is a mystery—our group, Citizens for Better Government, L.L.C., is not working with this group nor do we have any knowledge of who is behind this group. Whoever is funding this group must really despise Conner and they have a lot of money.
In this mailer, Citizens Speaking Out Committee, Inc. targets not only Conner but his campaign contributors as they try to link favors from Conner in return for contributions. Last week, our group was informed by a local political activist that an independent investigation is underway into Conner’s campaign contributions and they believe a corruption charge could be established. This new mailer, along with the information our group received last week, suggests to us that contributors to Conner’s political campaign are under scrutiny by multiple sources.
The Reason Why Conner is Being Targeted
There is a lot of effort and money being spent to vote out Commissioner Conner and some Lake County residents may be wondering why. In September 2014, Conner crammed through (with the help of Commissioners Welton Cadwell and Sean Parks) a 13.8 percent property tax millage rate increase, which was a slap in the face to every local business and homeowner struggling to survive the Great Recession. People were really angry because the Lake County Establishment, which is made up of Commissioners Conner, Cadwell, and Parks, took money out of their pockets for government employee raises and pet projects. It was government greed at its worst.
During the final meeting in which the tax increase was approved, Conner was particularly smug and condescending to an overflow crowd, which included many prominent local business people. In fact, a number of these business people made public pronouncements they would do all they could to oust Conner. It appears Conner’s “tax-raising chickens have come home to roost.” So it should be no surprise that the most hated public official in Lake County is Conner and that money is flowing to a “mystery pen pal” to get rid of him.
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