Is there something wrong with elected officials meeting with people?

Why is it that leaders of the far-left progressive movement in Tallahassee so often find themselves criticizing – or even belittling – members of the African American community?

Of course, you’ll recall the purported mastermind of the local radical progressive movement, Max Herrle, calling sitting County Commissioner Nick Maddox a “dumb little bastard” in a text to Commissioner Kristin Dozier. Maddox found that to be racist, as do most. Dozier, who is running for mayor, had an opportunity to text back an admonition to Herrle, but did not.

Herrle also sent mocking texts about two more African American commissioners – Curtis Richardson and Dianne Williams-Cox. The latter he later attacked with tens of thousands of PAC dollars, only to see Williams-Cox destroy Herrle-supported candidate Adner Marcelin by the biggest margin of all contested city and county races.

Now we find that Dozier and progressive Commissioner Jack Porter – who clearly are taking their marching orders from Herrle — don’t like it that a group of influential African American leaders met with the mayor at his residence to discuss solutions to gun violence.

We can’t figure out what they don’t like other than it was African Americans participating in the political process?

WFSU reported on the meeting, which included: Dailey’s chief of staff, an assistant sheriff with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, the executive director of the Council on the Status of Men and Boys, the executive director of the Children’s Services Council, a community leader who was one of Dailey’s primary opponents, and another candidate who lost a county commissioner primary, as well as others in the non-profit sector.

So far, all who have been identified as attending the meeting are African American.

Dozier doesn’t like that the audience was “hand-picked” by Dailey. Is there some other way to invite key leaders to your house to discuss important issues? Perhaps have a drawing?

Maybe what Dozier doesn’t like is that a key constituency – which progressives have notoriously taken for granted and, in this community, treated with disrespect – spent quality time with her opponents talking about a vital issue.

Meanwhile, here’s what Porter had to say: “Elected officials coming into meetings with preconceived notions about what is going to happen is a bad way to serve the public,” said Porter. “And it’s things like this that explain why people struggle so much to trust their government.”  

This is embarrassing.

Porter is honestly suggesting that commissioners shouldn’t come into meetings with some idea of what is going to happen and how they might vote? Somebody needs a basic civics class.

Porter – and Dozier – have accused the mayor and meeting attendees of working out how gun violence dollars would be allocated. But Pastor Rudy Ferguson, who attended the meeting, recently said that discussions involved “nothing direct or indirect about dedicating funding to anyone in the room.”

The irony is that Dailey and others have been oft-criticized for being out of touch and not listening. Then, when they take the time to invite people into their home to listen, they are accused of … whatever it is Dozier and Porter are saying was wrong with this.

Meanwhile, Dozier and Porter have yet to publicly chastise Herrle for his obviously racist comments about a sitting commissioner.

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