OMG Jerry Swiacki, campaign finance violations – how could you?? What are we talking about here?? Millions? Thousands? Many hundreds?? Wait a second here as I read a bit more…Oh, the printer left off that little disclaimer line in your ad? Your volunteer finance person used the wrong three letter code?? Not once, but a few times??? Really! And you may have (conjecture here) gone seven bucks over a campaign contribution limit? Horrors. Truly horrors appropriate for the Halloween season.
The horrors, however, are not these truly minute infractions of campaign legalese and fine print. Of course, if there were errors, they should be corrected, regardless of how small in scale. The horror is that someone would apparently spend hours and hours of their time to track down these tiniest of infractions so that they could malign a truly good guy who has done nothing but work to improve community life on our beautiful Marco Island. Think about the pettiness and the level of hatred that would drive someone to invest apparently hours of his or her life to get the goods on Jerry. And this is all they could come up with?
I was already a supporter and now am even more convinced to do whatever I can to insure Mr. Swiacki’s election. He is the kind of open, honest and transparent guy that I want engaged in leadership here. He is the kind of guy who will lead our struggling City Council to more civic minded and transparent collaboration. He is not the kind of guy who scurries into a hole to waste precious life digging up dirt on others.
Citizens of Marco should be tuned into anyone who comes out in support of these egregious (kidding) complaints that have been filed against Jerry. If we want to truly see an end to the pettiness, they and whomever they support are probably not the types who will bring us to a higher level of civic discourse. In time we will know who invested time and effort to uncover the alleged wrong doings. Once the Florida Elections Commission makes a determination, the identity can be disclosed by a Public Records Request. Let the guessing games begin.
Kathleen H. Reynolds