Closure to move ahead

Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 11:27 AM.

What was the probable cause that provided authorization for a county commissioner to secretly record a conversation with a trusted campaign advisor and one of his last allies in the county?

These are important questions in this context. What evidence fueled this investigation?

This was, to say the least, an incredibly contentious campaign season in Gulf County.

But regardless of what one’s view of tactics might have been there is an important distinction.

Citizens Improving Gulf County is an organization of private citizens, exercising their constitutional rights to speak against, with volume if desired, and assemble against their government.

These are fundamental First Amendment rights, guaranteed under state and federal constitutions exercised by private citizens.

Their targets were publically-paid elected officials. That is part of the equation when running for office, when putting name on ballot, the criticism and dissent from voters who disagree with your policies.

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