Heather Vernillo, Nurse Practitioner and small business owner in Pinellas County Florida, is sounding the career politician alarm. The more time Pinellas County commissioners serve as public servants, they care less and less about county residents WHILE earning $104,000 plus perks every year. Ever wonder why California has problems now?
Let's breakdown Heather's concern about public servants serving forever.
It only takes looking at national people serving in Congress for 20, 30, and 40 years. Mr. Let's Go Brandon has worked in government for 47 years and just look at our country today. Nancy Pelosi and Mitch Connell have become filthy rich as public servants.
Specifically, what's the harm in serving for 20, 30 or 40 years as a public servant?
The simple answer is long-term public service invites corruption and puts local and state residents and U.S. citizens interests far down the totem pole.
Serving for 20, 30 or 40 years gives public servants a sense of entitlement, as if they own the local area, the city, the county, the state or their district. There are no kings and queens in the United States of America. Yet, these public officials began to feel local areas, counties, states or districts are under their jurisdictions...and all the financial gains, too.
The most serious impact of staying in office too long is these public officials look for corporate incentives for getting access to government contracts or consumer dollars.
Mitch McConnell has been in office too long and this article shows what happens when personal greed is more important than Americans' Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. Here's Mitch McConnell's wife.
Maybe now, you can understand Pinellas County residents' and Heather Vernillo's concerns about County Commissioners staying in office past two terms.
The 8 Years Is Enough group in Pinellas County has their own reasons for starting a referendum to keep limit local politicians to two terms. Local elected officials silenced Pinellas County voters' voices by filing multiple lawsuits.
Twenty-six years ago in 1996, a group of Pinellas County citizens called Eight is Enough collected the required 48,000 voter petitions to get a question on the November ballot for voter consideration that asked in part: Do you support 8 Year term limits for Pinellas County Commissioners?
The voters spoke and it passed by a whopping 73%! A Mandate!
However, the legal battle was launched immediately by the powerful Pinellas political establishment who filed multiple lawsuits, lost 2 times and yet continued to file new lawsuits.
This battle lasted for years, effectively destroying the citizens’ victory, but not their intent.
Ever since Pinellas County Commissioners have carried on as if it never happened while the citizens wait for justice.
Heather and I encourage Pinellas County residents to move this referendum forward.
Heather Vernillo, County Commissioner Candidate D-4
Rick, Campaign Consultant, California Resident, Tampa Bay Native