Escambia County

And Touart may have tried to get Valentino back

November 6, 2012

In 2010, Commissioner Gene Valentino was indicted for soliciting campaign funds from his commissioner’s office. His supporters believed that his opponent in the GOP primary, George Touart, was behind the allegations. Our paper could find no proof that Touart had anything to with it. However, Touart did use the pending trial as campaign fodder, telling the paper several times that Valentino was unstable and he was confident that the commissioner would be convicted and removed from office before the August primary.

Instead, the judge dismissed the charges days before the primary. Despite spending $65,302 on his campaign, Touart placed last in the four-person race with only 595 votes. He spent about $109.75 per vote he got. Valentino narrowly beat newcomer Karen Sindel, 1,812-1,660.

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  • Jacqueline November 6, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Rick,

    County workers are saying that Touart is already coming to work at the courthouse?? Why would that be if he doesn’t start until December? Are they trying to get him entrenched before any new commissioners get in and have other ideas? (Note to new commissioners: we don’t want this!)

    Will he try and go to the upcoming commissioners conference in Sarasota, too? Watching …

  • jeeperman November 6, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    “seamlessly” is Velvet Val’s code for………….
    he knows who is who in the local GOB network.

  • Jacqueline November 6, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Seems like they will work “seamlessly” together with such a history, huh? lol
    And who was he soliciting funds from again … the catfish developers??
    Ah, I see…
    And who made the allegations? getting his information from whom?
    This county administration reads like an espionage intrigue novel … you never know who is on which side!
    How can any real work get done?

  • RTDavis November 6, 2012 at 11:38 am

    As a longtime observer of Escambia/Pensacola politics–not forgetting the good old days not so long ago when money was being transferred in gumbo pots–I continue to wonder why the same names keep appearing in positions of power in local government. Where is the new blood?

    And why is the search for someone new (i.e., Touart’s replacement) limited to a “regional search”? Perhaps it is time to look beyond the increasingly shallow and stagnate genetic pool of locals.