From the Orlando Sentinel:
Orange County mayoral candidate Matthew Falconer owes $64,000 in delinquent property taxes to Osceola and Lee counties, records show, but the commercial real-estate investor said Friday he was unaware of any unpaid tax bills...
The properties in question are a Vine Street strip mall in Kissimmee assessed at $1.7 million in 2009, with $42,853 in taxes owed, and vacant land in Fort Myers assessed at $1.1 million, with $21,122 owed in 2009 taxes.
Falconer, who has campaigned on the promise of fiscal conservatism, drew fire from opponent Teresa Jacobs, who asked if he is "really running because he cares about public service or because he needs a job?"
The article also discusses a PAC called "Concerned Citizens of Orange County," which is backing Bill Segal and attacking Teresa Jacobs and Linda Stewart. This group has been sending out attack mailers, and a robocall which I received today that falsely called Jacobs a lobbyist.
I strongly disagree with the statements by Segal's spokesman, Josh Wilson, attempting to defend their false attack on Jacobs. Wilson justifies calling Jacobs a lobbyist because her employer "touted [her] political skills" on its website, saying, "[i]f a lobbyist is not one who uses political skills, then who does?"
What a moron. Josh, words have meaning. You can't just decide to make up your own definitions. "Lobbyist" is a specific term with a specific legal meaning. Teresa Jacobs is not, and has never been, a lobbyist for FDOT (as Falconer has falsely claimed), her current employer (as Segal's backers are now falsely claiming), or anyone else either. Josh, you apparently think you have political skills, are you a lobbyist?
Let's be clear. Teresa Jacobs has never been a lobbyist. She's also never been a Olympic synchronized swimmer or a ninja or a pomegranate whatever other silly things one could imagine.
It really says a lot about Teresa Jacobs' opponents that the only way they can attack her is to misrepresent her positions, distort her record, or just make up flat out lies. Every day this campaign goes on just further cements my opinion that Teresa Jacobs is hands-down the best choice to represent my hometown community as our Orange County Mayor.