Saturday, May 21, 2016

BIG SUGAR MONEY IS TOXIC: Just ask Ken Pruitt. By Geniusofdespair

Adam Locke: the Lone Candidate for St. Lucie County Property Appraiser with Ken Pruitt Dropping Out
Admitting he has no chance to win, Ken Pruitt, who has been a lobbyist for Big Sugar (Florida Crystals), has dropped out of the Property Appraiser race against Adam Locke. Pruitt has been the Property Appraiser for 6 years and he was the former President of the Florida Senate. Certainly he was a force to be reckoned with, but Big Sugar has done him in.

One of the reasons Adam Locke decided to run is because he is worried about the potential decrease in property values of the houses that line the waterfront of St. Lucie County. The dumping of polluted sugar water from Lake Okeechobee to the coast is destroying the pristine St. Lucie water bodies and, thus, hurting tourism,  jobs and property values. Locke has been campaigning on fairness for all homeowners while Ken Pruitt was taking money from polluters. Pruitt saw he was in a losing battle with Adam Locke.
Ken Pruitt

Pruitt angered the Treasure Coast Newspapers when he refused to discuss whether he would keep his "lucrative lobbying business" or give it up and be a full-time county property appraiser. Pruitt's sugar client was a big beef of the newspapers' editorials.

Anyway, at the moment Locke has the Property Appraiser post locked up. This is an example of how toxic sugar money is to a politician. The environment will win on this one. Let's hope other candidates with sugar ties go down the drain.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great results...I know the EYEONMIAMI had a bit to do with that one. Congratulations!

cyndi said...

Thank you for the great piece. Adios Ken and don't let the door hit you in the butt. Looking forward to see what Adam will do! This is great news.

Anonymous said...

Great News! People are starting to notice what their candidates are doing and that is going to hurt the candidates chances of winning! An informed electorate is what we need.

Anonymous said...

Don't cry for Ken Pruitt. Cry for Floridians who elected a governor, Jeb Bush, who enlisted Ken Pruitt to do his legwork in the state legislature wrecking Florida water quality law.

Anonymous said...

It's encouraging to see voters begin to wake up. I'm not sure exactly how a Property Appraiser can affect change with Big Sugar though.

sportsfan said...

Its a start! Work up the chain and get rid of any politician regardless of political affiliation, that takes money from big sugar, or who doesn't support clean water and the enviroment

Geniusofdespair said...

A property appraiser is an elected position. We want good people in all elected positions. The P A is tasked with keeping property values from falling and thus can participate in the dialogue about anything that negatively effects the property values in the community. He or she can also use the bully pulpit.

Anonymous said...

We need to remove Big a Sugar politicians from every post at every level, local state and federal and replace them with qualified local professionals like Adam Locke who will work for the best interests of the people. Adam stepped up yo run for Property Appraiser because he has a wealth of experience in that area and is well-qualified for the position. We need other qualified people to step up and run for all of the other offices so that Big Sugar loses its strangle-hold on Florida.

George Andreassi said...

Thanks for the recognition EYEONMIAMI! Here is the latest on Former Florida Senate President turned lobbyist Ken Pruitt -- who is a former Miami resident:
http://www.tcpalm.com/news/politics/elections/local/st-lucie-county-property-appraiser-ken-pruitt-moonlights-as-lobbyist-for-indian-river-county-2e42b27-380675681.html