Sunday, October 7, 2012

Republican Incumbent Ford Endorses Democrat Sitton for Brevard Property Appraiser


BREVARD COUNTY, Florida --The Charlie Sitton for Brevard County Property Appraiser campaign announced that 5-term Republican incumbent Jim Ford is supporting the Democratic candidate Charlie Sitton who is running against Republican candidate Dana Blickley.  Blickley won the Republican Primary by a landslide, beating Ford 44% to 30%.  A third candidate, Jason Steele finished the race in last place with 25%.

Charlie Sitton

In a statement released by Ford, he cites his reasons for this cross-party endorsements, in part due to, “Blickley’s association as a right-wing extremist Republican candidate,” and “Sitton’s professional & management experience in the office is superior to Blickley.”  Charlie Sitton states, “I am honored to have the personal support and public endorsement from a person who has been doing this job for the past 25 years and knows what it takes to be a professional Property Appraiser and a responsible steward for the citizen’s of Brevard.” 



Dana Blickley


Blickley said in response to the endorsement, "Many voters have already rendered their opinion of Jim Ford and of his judgment.  I would not expect anything different from him."









Jim Ford’s official statement is included below in its entirety. The Sitton campaign says that, "This endorsement comes on the heels of other cross-party endorsements where moderate Republicans or Independents, like former Governor Charlie Crist, are endorsing  Democratic candidates because they feel Republican candidates are too far right and have extremist views or opinions."





FORD ENDORSEMENT:


As your property appraiser for 25 years, I am supporting Charlie Sitton to be my successor. Dana Blickley said she would support Charlie Sitton if I won the republican nomination in the primary election. That is her testament to Charlie Sittons’ qualifications to be your property appraiser. Both Dana Blickley and Charlie Sitton worked for me for 20 + years. Charlie Sitton managed many more people than Blickley and has the steady even handed temperament needed to be a fair and conscientious public servant. Charlie holds an American Society of Appraisers, Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) designation and was trained in the mass appraisal process by the International Association of Assessing Officers. He is a person of integrity and knows how to value property.


Blickley, on the other hand, was forced to resign or be fired from my office in 2006 due to misconduct. It would be wrong for voters to return her to this office whereby she can take retribution against numerous deputies who revealed and confirmed her inappropriate conduct in an internal investigation. Most of those deputies are terrified of that possibility.


Blickley also made false, reckless accusations and lost a lawsuit that unnecessarily cost hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal expenses to defend the office on behalf of the taxpayers.

Jim Ford

Blickley is a member of the right wing Titusville Patriots, a local Tea Party organization and was endorsed by the Tea Party. As such, she should have little general election appeal to mainstream republican voters and democrats alike. Her Primary Election victory, with less than a majority of the vote and in the absence of a run-off election, is certainly no republican mandate. Some mainstream republicans, like Charlie Crist have even left the Republican Party to be able to express their intellectual independence and escape a rigid right wing agenda.


Sitton can be counted on to maintain realistic, accurate property valuations. Blickley has said that current assessed values are too low. Higher valuations would mean higher property taxes.


Sitton will preserve and protect an office of professionals who are extremely competent and have served you well for many years. In fact, that was my primary motivation for seeking a seventh term of office.


Thank you for your confidence for over 25 years of public service. For  those who have supported me, I ask that you trust my endorsement of Charlie Sitton as the best person to lead this office for the next four years.

15 comments:

  1. Charlie received endorsement from ousted, double dipper Jim Ford. Dana has received endorsements by Brevard County Firefighters, Bill Mick, The Ronald Reagan Republican Club, Business Voice of East Central Florida, Home Builders & Contractors Association of Brevard and the Space Coast Realtors, Inc.

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    1. Do these endorsements portray her working ethics? Do your research. Are you Republican? Do you believe in the core values of Christianity? Do you believe in someone allowed to have alcohol during work functions? Do you believe in sexual harassment in the workplace? Google Dana's own name and see what you come up with and tell me she supports conservative values.

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    2. I am a christian. I am a Republican. I know Dana personally. I know Charlie personally. I know people tell untruths when faced with the potential of losing their job such as those interviewed for the Grogan report. I know that several recanted their testimony from the Grogan report. Do some research on those that were interviewed for this scam of a report. People in glass houses shouldn't cast stones.

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  2. Charlie Sitton welcomed this endorsement. That's the reason you do not want to vote for him. How can a thinking man permit another manipulative, washed-up political screwball to use his campaign as a sounding board for sour grapes? Kiss of death.

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    1. Charlie welcomed Jim's endorsement, just as he does Dana's when she publicly confessed she would back Charlie if she lost the election.

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    2. As you may recall, Ford dumped Sitton. It was not the other way around. Ford dumped Blickley. It was not the other way around. Ford is primarily concerned with the staff he kept on board, the staff that kept him floating for his 20 hour work weeks for so many years, the staff that spoon fed him information which he was too lazy to assemble himself, the staff that sculpted the office to their own liking to promote their own self-serving interests. Sitton would leave them in place so he could continue with the Ford lifestyle. Blickley will level the place and rebuild it. She will have no choice. Sitton would do nothing of the kind and simply hide in the ivory tower like Ford did.

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  3. Interesting. I'm pretty sure Charlie was one of the employees that was fired by Ford after state investigators appeared at the appraisers office. Politics makes for starnge bedfellows.

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    1. He was. Interesting how no one is asking how much HE cost the taxpayers with his settlement.

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    2. Every one should complete research properly, as dana was also fired from
      the appraisers office.... you should google Dana's name and see what
      appears www.stopdanablickley.com, along with a lawsuit (very un
      christian like!) is one of the first google searches..... try and google
      Charlie's name you find a basket ball player.

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  4. This sour grapes actibm Ford justifies the Republicans voting this Rino our of office this summer. He raised our
    assessments every year... The liberal tax&spend mantra. now lets clean out the county commission.

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    1. I agree, read this: http://www.stopdanablickley.com/

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    2. Whoever built this website is despicable. If you are going to tell a story, tell the whole story.

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  5. This is only a public endorsement for Dana Blickley, our next Brevard County Property Appraiser. Ford doesn't respect Charlie Sitton, he fired him. Charlie doesn't have admiration for Ford, he sued him. Enough said.

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    1. All i can say as being the Republican that I am is I do not want a woman
      in office that has continued Sexual harrassment charges.... real good
      republican values, Charlie seems to be the more concertive choice even
      though he is a democrat!!!!!

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    2. So this means you think Jim Ford has done a good job the last several years? This means that although Charlie Sitton came to a settlement agreement with Jim Ford and now is in bed with him, that's OK? This means you are OK with Charlie running the office status quo, because, after all the current administration supports him and he is proud of it, so that means he must agree with the Jim Ford conducts business.

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