Escambia County

Buzz: Valentino wants King to beat May for District 3

November 2, 2012

I’ve have heard from several sources that Commissioner Gene Valentino has been pushing Hugh King over Lumon May for the District 3. He has tried to discourage people from making campaign contributions to May.

Why? Because May could cause him problems, especially if Steve Barry is also elected. The power on the county commission will shift away from Valentino and Wilson Robertson. George Touart’s hands on the county purse strings and personnel, as the interim county administrator, become very tenuous (Remember he is an at-will employee, no contract). If a Grover Robinson-May-Barry alliance forms, Valentino won’t have the votes to steer the RESTORE millions to his pet projects.

I’ve also heard that Valentino and Touart have been working behind the scenes for Packy Mitchell to hedge their bets if King doesn’t win. I’m not as confident about this rumor because I have only recently heard it.

The Valentino-King link is solid –have got three solid sources. Two of which are the ones who told me two weeks ago that the fix was in for Touart to be the interim county administrator.

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  • nogovernmenthandouthere November 6, 2012 at 1:00 am

    I am more concerned with Janet Holley whumping Mike Whitehead and sending him back to the gob network for additional training on how to treat a lady.

  • L.Laird November 3, 2012 at 11:04 am

    VOTERS OF DISTRICT 3 & 5. Please VOTE for & tell your friends (Republican & Democrats & Independents” to VOTE FOR LUMON MAY AND STEVEN BARRY. Both young men believe in honesty and truthfulness….Neither one of them would support a person with any type of Unethical history, nor will they be brought and paid for by a few GOB’s. They both believe in truth and justice, and will work hard for everyone in the entire county.

  • Jethro November 2, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    I thought to myself “what is Valentino smoking?” when I heard he voted to hire back Touert. If he’s been hanging out with Hugh King, I guess maybe I know the answer! Lord help us if those two nut jobs are on the BOCC at the same time.

  • Ames November 2, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Perhaps Gene should find a large trac of land and name it Gene’s County and his GOBs can invest in their own personal interests’ there.

  • escambiamom November 2, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Barry didn’t enter the race until White dropped out.
    Are you sure that you don’t have the Touart/Valentino/District 5 alliance backwards? I have heard that White and Barry are friends but I don’t know!

    I wanted Archer in. I was pretty confident that he wouldn’t cave to pressure.
    I think I am betting on Packy Mitchell this time. If he messes up than we’ll turn the heat on him.

  • George Hawthorne November 2, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Bill – I have to agree with you. No way will Hugh King beat Lumon, the citizens of District 3 are looking forward and not behind. Lumon is the only candidate with a clearly defined jobs policy and economic development strategy.

  • Bill November 2, 2012 at 9:15 am

    NOT GOING TO HAPPEN GENE. May will win hands down- Thank God!