Why? Because the citizens who petitioned their government followed the rules.
But Boyd, Brummer, Martinez and Thompson didn't care.
Some of the biggest business interests in town — including Walt Disney World and Orlando's chamber of commerce conglomerate — told them to keep the issue off last year's ballot. And the commissioners dutifully followed orders, denying the citizens their spot on the ballot with a 4-3 vote.
These four cast the improper vote just moments after the county's own attorney told them they had "no authority" to mess around with the language of the ballot provision.
You have to figure the savvy lobbyists knew they were asking the commissioners to do wrong as well. But what did they care? They just played the politicians for fools.
And it's costing you plenty — as the county's legal bills continue to mount.
Remember, the vote to keep sick time off last year's ballot was just the beginning of this mess. There are also the deleted and lost text messages — which involve Mayor Teresa Jacobs and her chief of staff. That is also unseemly, but a state investigation into that is not yet complete.
The judges have, however, ruled on the vote itself.
And even though they clearly concluded that the commissioners did wrong and improperly denied their own citizens a vote, there are no signs of remorse.
I asked Boyd, Brummer and Thompson if any of them had even any regret for the way they thumbed their nose at both their constituents and the charter they swore to uphold. (Martinez already has left office.)
Not a one of them said they did. In fact, the only one who responded was Boyd, who stood behind his actions, saying he believed he was looking out for the greater economic good and still had no regrets.
And that's why a change is in order.
You see, we can disagree over policy issues in this community.
But you can't decide to break the rules to win — even if you believe you're serving some greater good.
And if you don't get that, you shouldn't be there at all.
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