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John Pollinger’s GOP Ballot Status In Question Over Dual Registration

| May 4, 2012

John Pollinger, denied a run for sheriff as a Republican, will run as an independent. (© FlaglerLive)

Last Updated: Friday, April 4, 8:25 a.m.

Update: Just before midnight Thursday, Pollinger sent the following email, suggesting he will seek to stay on the GOP ballot and invite a legal challenge rather than be booted off: “We have been in constant contact with a number of individuals, legal and otherwise all evening by phone. I was never comfortable with the opinion put forth by Ms. Weeks to the State Division of Elections. Independent of Ms. Weeks synopsis of the events, I sent an email to the State Division of Elections. Mr. Holland now states Ms. Weeks has no authority to remove me from the ballot and “must qualify” me as a candidate. As I asserted all along, I believe I have done nothing wrong and based upon this latest “reference” as Mr. Holland notes, I will challenge any attempt by Ms. Weeks to remove me from the ballot. Thank you for your interest and patience on the phone. As you can imagine, it’s been a hectic day.”

Pollinger was basing his conclusion on an email from Gary Holland, an attorney at the Department of State, who wrote: Whether you are ineligible to be a qualified candidate would depend upon the particular facts as determined ultimately by a court. So, if you believe, based upon the facts, that you were not a member of another party during the applicable 365-day period and that you can truthfully execute the oath form, then it would be up to someone to challenge your qualifications as a candidate in a court of competent jurisdiction after the Supervisor of Elections qualifies you to have you removed from the ballot.”

John Pollinger, the Republican candidate for Flagler County Sheriff who’d rapidly built a following and a well-funded campaign, was booted off the election ballot today because of registration issue that, according to a Florida Division of Elections interpretation of Florida law, can keep him from running as a Republican. Pollinger now vows to run as an independent, upending the coming Republican primary and almost certainly creating a closely contested three-way race that will likely split the Republican vote in November.

Until today, Pollinger was one of three Republicans, including incumbent Don Fleming, vying for the Republican nomination in the August primary. Ex-Sheriff Jim Manfre and Karl Tozzi are running as Democrats. Janet McDonald is running as a write-in candidate. Noise about Pollinger’s registration status dates back to his announcement for the sheriff’s race in January.

Flagler County Supervisor of Elections Kimberle Weeks told Pollinger of the registration problem Wednesday, after receiving a letter by an unidentified person raising the issue against Pollinger’s eligibility. Weeks would not disclose the identity of the sender of the document, prompting a public record request from Pollinger. Weeks invited Pollinger to submit his documentation as a Republican. “The documentation I had was a registration card signed by her. I believed that was all that was necessary,” Pollinger said. It had been signed in September 2010, after he’d moved from one part of Palm Coast to another, though his original registration was August 2009, as a Republican.

That did not settle the issue, because he had been registered as a Democrat in New Jersey for most of his adult life.

Florida law “requires the candidate to swear/affirm that he ‘has not been a registered member of any other political party for 365 days before the beginning of qualifying,’” Gary Holland, an assistant attorney with the Florida Department of State, which oversees elections supervisor, wrote Weeks today, in reply to Weeks’s query about Pollinger’s status. “He cannot truthfully make such a statement,” Holland continued, referring to Pollinger, “because he was a registered member of the Democratic Party during the 365-day period. Because of that, he is illegible [Holland meant to write ineligible] to qualify for the nomination as a candidate of any political party. His options at qualifying would be to qualify as a NPA candidate, a write-in candidate, or not qualify.”

That’s what Pollinger had decided to do by Thurdsay afternoon: run as an independent, and gather the 1,000 petitions necessary to do so in a blitz Friday, with his “Pollinger Posse”—as he calls his supporters—beginning the day at Bunnell’s Donut Stop and fanning out from there.

“My first reaction was, if this is what the citizens want from Flagler County, they can have it, but that was about a 30-second self-pity mode,” Pollinger said late this afternoon. “Then I realized the citizens of Flagler County have no idea what’s being done here. I need to tell the people about what’s being done, and the small group of people who are attempting to manipulate the ballot, and it’s not right. Selfishly, yes, it is about my candidacy, but the greater issue here is, are a small group of anonymous people going to manipulate who’s on the ballot in November, and I’m not going to allow that to happen. I don’t believe the citizens of Flagler County would allow that to happen. The politics in this county has to change.”

He added: “I understand that to run with no party affiliation is a great risk, but I believe in the people of Flagler County, I believe in my message, and I believe I have a solid chance to win.”

Pollinger, 59, an ex-police chief, moved from New Jersey to Palm Coast, buying a house in Grand Haven two and a half years ago. He was a registered Democrat in New Jersey since his youth. He registered as a Republican in August 2009. Local Republicans raised issues with his registration history, contesting the legitimacy of his Republican credentials and referring to the New Jersey registration as proof that Pollinger was breaking the law by running as a Republican locally, because he’d never officially scrapped his New Jersey registration.

Pollinger doesn’t dispute that the New Jersey registration was not officially ended. But, like most people in similar circumstances, he was under the impression that by registering under a different party affiliation in a new state, his previous registration would automatically be voided. Most people, in fact, never void their previous registrations under the same assumptions.

“It’s my belief that when you move from one state to another and you establish your domicile and obtain your Florida registration and you register as a voter, it negates any previous action you had taken as a driver in another state,” Pollinger said, “as far as your license, or as a voter of any other state. It’s a reasonable belief. Furthermore, that when I declared a party affiliation, August of 2009, I believe that negates my previous declaration of no party affiliation. At no time did anybody ever tell me that I had to contact my state, my previous residence, and take myself off the voting rolls.”

Local Republicans had made clear to Pollinger that they would contest his eligibility as a Republican. “There was this core group of individuals looking for something on me that started this campaign that I’m a closet Democrat,” he said, without specifying names. Pollinger had himself taken off the New Jersey voter rolls in January 2012, the same month he announced his candidacy for sheriff on the grounds of the county administration building. “Then I went to this inquisition meeting within the Republican organization, and outlined the steps I had gone through,” Pollinger said. “I also said if you want to look at my contributions to John McCain, check on the Internet. If you want to see my autographed copies from Rudy Giuliani, my autographed copies of George Bush, Ronald Reagan a letter from Nancy Reagan thanking me for attending her husband’s funeral—what else do you want me to do other than slice my wrist and bleed red on this table? Which of course I refused to do.” (Pollinger did, in fact, donate a total of $1,000, in four increments, to the McCain presidential campaign between January 31 and June 3, 2008.)

But ignorance of the law (see below) is no defense—if, in fact, the Department of State’s interpretation of the law would prevail in court. Pollinger claims it wouldn’t, because documented registration in Florida would be the operative question. But he has no time, nor has he found a lawyer versed in election law, to make the argument before the looming qualifying deadline Monday.

“I don’t know why there’s so much anger toward my candidacy,” Pollinger said, “when all I’ve ever done is I’ve told the sheriff and I’ve told Ray Stevens and I’ve told Jim Manfre and I’ve told Karl Tozzi that I just believe every candidate should just lay out their qualifications and their plans and hopes for Flagler County and let the voters decide. It’s that simple. I’m not attacking anybody.”

The Florida Law Relating to Candidates’ Registration and Oaths

99.021 Form of candidate oath.—

(1)(a)1. Each candidate, whether a party candidate, a candidate with no party affiliation, or a write-in candidate, in order to qualify for nomination or election to any office other than a judicial office as defined in chapter 105 or a federal office, shall take and subscribe to an oath or affirmation in writing. A copy of the oath or affirmation shall be made available to the candidate by the officer before whom such candidate seeks to qualify and shall be substantially in the following form:State of Florida

County of

Before me, an officer authorized to administer oaths, personally appeared   (please print name as you wish it to appear on the ballot)  , to me well known, who, being sworn, says that he or she is a candidate for the office of  ; that he or she is a qualified elector of   County, Florida; that he or she is qualified under the Constitution and the laws of Florida to hold the office to which he or she desires to be nominated or elected; that he or she has qualified for no other public office in the state, the term of which office or any part thereof runs concurrent with that of the office he or she seeks; that he or she has resigned from any office from which he or she is required to resign pursuant to s. 99.012, Florida Statutes; and that he or she will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Florida.

(Signature of candidate)

(Address)

Sworn to and subscribed before me this   day of  ,   (year)  , at   County, Florida.

(Signature and title of officer administering oath)

2. Each candidate for federal office, whether a party candidate, a candidate with no party affiliation, or a write-in candidate, in order to qualify for nomination or election to office shall take and subscribe to an oath or affirmation in writing. A copy of the oath or affirmation shall be made available to the candidate by the officer before whom such candidate seeks to qualify and shall be substantially in the following form:State of Florida

County of

Before me, an officer authorized to administer oaths, personally appeared   (please print name as you wish it to appear on the ballot)  , to me well known, who, being sworn, says that he or she is a candidate for the office of  ; that he or she is qualified under the Constitution and laws of the United States to hold the office to which he or she desires to be nominated or elected; that he or she has qualified for no other public office in the state, the term of which office or any part thereof runs concurrent with that of the office he or she seeks; and that he or she will support the Constitution of the United States.

(Signature of candidate)

(Address)

Sworn to and subscribed before me this   day of  ,   (year)  , at   County, Florida.

(Signature and title of officer administering oath)

(b) In addition, any person seeking to qualify for nomination as a candidate of any political party shall, at the time of subscribing to the oath or affirmation, state in writing:

1. The party of which the person is a member.
2. That the person has not been a registered member of any other political party for 365 days before the beginning of qualifying preceding the general election for which the person seeks to qualify.
3. That the person has paid the assessment levied against him or her, if any, as a candidate for said office by the executive committee of the party of which he or she is a member.
(c) The officer before whom such person qualifies shall certify the name of such person to the supervisor of elections in each county affected by such candidacy so that the name of such person may be printed on the ballot. Each person seeking election as a write-in candidate shall subscribe to the oath prescribed in this section in order to be entitled to have write-in ballots cast for him or her counted.
(2) The provisions of subsection (1) relating to the oath required of candidates, and the form of oath prescribed, shall apply with equal force and effect to, and shall be the oath required of, a candidate for election to a political party executive committee office, as provided by law. The requirements set forth in this section shall also apply to any person filling a vacancy on a political party executive committee.
(3) This section does not apply to a person who seeks to qualify for election pursuant to ss. 103.021 and 103.101.
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109 Responses for “John Pollinger’s GOP Ballot Status In Question Over Dual Registration”

  1. FL informed voter says:

    This seemed like a witch hunt from struggling candidates to take out the front runner because they were scared. Everyone deserves to be on the ballot and let the most qualified person win. In my opinion, I respect John Pollinger for not quitting and vowing to stay in the race. He is obviously committed to this county and the job he seeks. Good for him.

    • MAG says:

      It seems that some are very intimidated that Mr. Pollinger has a strong campaign and many volunteers. My heavens they all come out and really support him. They are everywhere with T-Shirts that say Pollinger for Flagler County Sheriff. I even see lots of cars with bumper stickers supporting Pollinger.
      The people of Flagler County have witnessed Pollinger working hard, meeting voters, attending Meet and Greets. People are yearning for a candidate like John Pollinger. I am so proud to support his campaign.

  2. Ralph says:

    Pollinger should be grateful Supervisor Weeks acted swiftly allowing him the opportunity to run as an NPA, and still be able to get petitions rather than force him to pay the hefty filing fee to run for Sheriff. The paperwork filed with her office did not reflect the identity of the filer, and all paperwork filed was said to have been shared with Pollinger; therefore, a public records request by Pollinger would be of no value to obtain the filers information. Supervisor Weeks stated she notified Pollinger of the papers being filed with the elections office the very day they were filed. In fact, it has been said the supervisor called Pollinger in the late evening from her home because she was not able to reach him before the close of business on Wednesday. That is certainly going above and beyond.

  3. PalmCoast says:

    I am not for Pollinger BUT I have to agree with Pollinger here about if you registrar as a voter in a new state and you take up residency in that new state and have a new drivers licence in that new state ALL should automatically be voided from the prior state. This was a cheap shot by who ever pulled this stunt!

    • deana says:

      Stunt? I think the attempted stunt was being pulled by Pollinger! He knew back in Jaunary that he had signed a false statement. Now I just have to look at him in the same light as Fleming. Both of them went to great lengths to deceive the voters of Flagler County. That’s three of them off my list…Fleming trying to hide expensive gifts, Pollinger knowingly signing documents that he knows are false, Tozzi a carpetbagger living in Ormond and running for Sheriff in Flager and now McDonald who is a massage therapist. This place is a joke!

      Let’s get serious people, stop pointing fingers at who blew in your candidate. Look for an ethical candidate that can control the crime and be a good administrator. Just because the candidate is your drinking buddy doesn’t mean they’ll be a good police manager and steward of your money. It’s time to think of the Sheriff’s Office as a business and not a frat house!

      • Dan Bozza says:

        You got that right ,Deana. And that goes for the school board too. It is absolute insanity for a multi- million dollar corporation whose product happens to be education, although one would hardly know it from their results, with several million dollar plus subsidiaries ie: Curriculum, equipment and supplies, maintenance, transportation and food services to mention just five, and the whole thing is run by former 3rd, 4th and 5th grade teachers who have no authority because the unions are in charge of it all.

        Welcome, you have just entered the twilight zone!!

        • Liana G says:

          You need more ‘likes’. This whole system just needs to implode and start over from scratch. A clean slate and fresh faces.

  4. deana says:

    What is going on in Flagler? Do these guys all just do their own thing and hope no one will find out? First Fleming now Pollinger. These are people who are supposed to enforce the law and we’ve already found two of them ignoring it!

  5. B.Claire says:

    Wonder…Is this a Mitt Romney ‘Severe Conservative’ flip to the right.

    And if so why?…about a 50/50 dem/rep county.

    Oh…since moving here…have realized that it does appear that it’s about a 90/10 split on http://www.bedgunsafe.com/ ownership. ‘Don’t need no stinkin’ commie democrat tellin’ me what to do with my arsenal’

    Sad…this County needs more than a nudge in the other direction to join the 21st Century.

  6. palmcoaster says:

    I would not give my vote to an unknown almost “just arrival in this county”. That is what “the people” did 8 years ago and look what we still endure at the present time.

  7. Angie says:

    This was in my email this morning http://pollingercantqualify.weebly.com/

  8. Hank Reardon says:

    What a tangled web we weave when we practice NJ deceit. “…the small group of people who are attempting to manipulate the ballot”? As a registered Democrat in New Jersey since his youth and someone who wants to be Flagler’ chief law enforcement officer and doesn’t even check the Florida election law before signing a false oath does not speak well of Mr. Pollinger’s qualifications. What a novel concept that both Republicans and Democrats select their candidate in primaries and the winners of the primaries contend for in the general election – sound like ballot manipulation?-. If as Flagler Live contends “will likely split the Republican vote in November” by an NPA who has been a registered Democrat in New Jersey since his youth, is simply an indictment of the local Republican Party and the corrupt nature of Flagler/PC politics.

    Who is John Galt?

    • The Honest One says:

      Hank Reardon, you could not have written this any better. Very Well Done……..

    • Lisa M says:

      I have lived here more than four years, switched my drivers license and voter registration immediately. I never thought that there was a possibility that my NY voter registration could stay open.
      The candidate, that is backed by The Researcher, should try to run on their qualifications. Perhaps they are lacking in that area?
      Hank, I read, Atlas Shrugged, and I just don’t see the connection.

  9. Maryjoe says:

    “Pollinger had himself taken off the New Jersey voter rolls in January 2012″ I don’t understand..if he knew he had to do that and did it, then why is he acting all surprised as if this is a last minute kind of thing?

  10. Linda H. says:

    Mr. Pollinger, I am stunned. I did not know about this law until this morning. But I am going to stick with what I said earlier this week, that all candidates running for any office must know the elections laws, even the Sheriff.

    We must certainly be able to expect that from a candidate for our top law enforcement officer. Please don’t blame this situation on others; it was YOUR responsibility to know this.

    • Spoton says:

      Totally agree, he wants to run, be a representative of the people of the county, ? He can’t even figure out the election laws – how is he going to be effective with our citzens and the laws of our county?
      Don’t think he is qualified at all – just because you want something does not mean it will happen.
      Also as far as a well funded campaign… most of it is his own person funds.. check it out.

  11. palmcoaster says:

    Florida elections law reads:
    “So, if you believe, based upon the facts, that you were not a member of another party during the applicable 365-day period and that you can truthfully execute the oath form, then it would be up to someone to challenge your qualifications as a candidate in a court of competent jurisdiction after the Supervisor of Elections qualifies you to have you removed from the ballot.”
    “Florida law requires the candidate to swear/affirm that he ‘has not been a registered member of any other political party for 365 days before the beginning of qualifying,’” Gary Holland, an assistant attorney with the Florida Department of State, which oversees elections supervisor, wrote Weeks today, in reply to Weeks’s query about Pollinger’s status. “He cannot truthfully make such a statement,” Holland continued, referring to Pollinger”.

    I was as leery of this candidate as, I was of the one that won in 2005 by a small margin against, “unfairly witch hunted and good Sheriff Jim Manfre, then”
    My appreciation to our SOE Mrs Weeks for a prompt and well done job regarding this issue.

    • Angie says:

      Please cite your reference to the law, PalmCoaster, so that others may read what you are reading.

      From what I am reading, this is not what the law says at all, but Mr. Holland telling Mr. Pollinger what his options are from what Mr. Pollinger “believes”. What Mr. Pollinger “believes” may be very different from what the law states.

    • Angie says:

      Sorry, PalmCoaster!!! I misread your post. It’s one of those fast and furious days. You have correctly stated the law that I have read too.

      And Kim Weeks has done an excellent job in bringing this promptly to Mr. Pollinger. It’s really unfair of him to attack her the way he did with his charge the hill,…”She can’t take me off the ballot!” stance. No, her job is not to play judge & jury with candidates. But as a former cop, why is it so hard for Mr. Pollinger to understand the law? Anyone who reads the evidence submitted to Kim Weeks can see very plainly that he was still registered in New Jersey as a Democrat while being registered in FL as a Republican. According to the Division of Elections, it happens all the time. Tons of people are registered in 2 states. As long as they don’t vote in both states there’s not a problem. Unless of course you want to run for office. Then you have to sever your ties to all other political parties for 365 days before the qualification of that election. It’s known as the Charlie Crist law.

  12. Dan Bozza says:

    There is a lot more about John Pollinger then he wants you to know! Check out his former county newspaper in Monmouth County NJ and do a search for John Pollinger and read all about his difficulties with his superior and the men he supervised at the web site that follows and do a search for John Pollinger!
    The Asbury Park Press NJ | New Jersey News | APP.com http://www.app.com/
    The home page for Monmouth County NJ

    • Spoton says:

      You are right, funny you don’t read or hear about that in our local papers? Wonder who they support?

    • sunshine says:

      Trouble with his superior? Chief Pollinger followed an order issued by the Attorney General of NJ and the township administrator was under the misconception that he outranked the state AG.

      Trouble with his men? A few thought they could do what they want and not be accountable to anyone got a rude awakening and found out a real Chief was in town and they did not like it to much.

      While you are reading that paper be sure to read about all of the programs Chief Pollinger started to better serve the community.

    • sunshine says:

      Trouble with his superior? Chief Pollinger followed an order issued by the Attorney General of NJ and the township administrator was under the misconception that he outranked the state AG.
      Trouble with his men? A few thought they could do what they want and not be accountable to anyone got a rude awakening and found out a real Chief was in town and they did not like it to much.
      While you are reading that paper be sure to read about all of the programs Chief Pollinger started to better serve the community.

  13. David says:

    I think any body that runs for a county or state held office in our county or state must re a full time resident of our county or state for at least 5 years. Two years is to soon to get involved in politics in our county or state.

    • Linda H. says:

      Not a bad idea, David. It seems to be “the thing” to do….retire as an elected Democrat official from up north and move to Palm Coast, change your voter registration to Republican and run again. We have several here who have done that.

      Not a bad double retirement. And pretty easy to do. The local Republicans support you because they think you are a Republican and the local Democrats support you because they know you are not.

      Works like a charm, keeps a lock on Palm Coast Politics, and guarantees a nice second retirement and in some cases like the Sheriff’s race, a six figure income.

      Not bad.

      • David says:

        Thanks Linda H. I just feel that this gentleman only been here 2 years, and he hasn’t had time to get acclimated to our county, our culture, our people or our life style. Things are far more different here than where he he came from. I wouldn’t go to where he came from and say I want to be your Sheriff, until I lived their for about 5 or 10 years. He needs to get “street smart” with Flagler County and know how this county operates.

      • Lisa M says:

        Linda,
        The Chief of Police in Middletown, is not an elected position.

        • Anonymous says:

          No it isn’t he worked up the ranks of the Police Department to get where he was. He was a great Chief – just ask the people of Middletown.

          • peopleofmiddletown says:

            Go ahead, put him on the ballot and see the real dirt that comes out. Elect him and watch him screw up your county like he did with the Ocean Grove Police Department. He single handedly had them disbanded.

            • sunshine says:

              The only reason that PD was disbanded was the Supreme Court of NJ found that as a Methodist Retreat Camp they did not qualify to have a PD.

  14. Robert Lewis says:

    Ladies and Gentlemen -

    I am outright stunned at what I have read through out the past week. It does not matter if you like or dislike John Pollinger or any of the candidates running for office, they still have a right to be on the ballot. The way you get out your message is with a winning campaign. Coca-Cola did not become a great soda company because they ran campaigns saying ,”Pepsi-Cola is a fake cola” (you get the example. They are a great product because of the quality of its product.

    To me this seems like a personal vendetta against an individual because of a motivated political agenda. I am offended as an American that the process of Freedom to vote for who I believe will serve the best. My choice and the choice of countless others are being suffocated because of an agenda. Democrat-Republican-Liberal- Conservative – It does not matter the party affiliation, we are all Americans. The actions being taken to eliminate the opposition is no different scare tactics being done in 3rd world countries. Is this America or are we under the rule of a dictatorship?

    I give those behind the effort a well thought out effort, but at the same time it really angers me at how they are manipulating the process. The days of political bosses in Flagler County are alive and doing well.

    Folks, we are the land of the free because of the home of the brave. Millions of brave men and women have laid down their lives so that we may engage in the right to vote, freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. It is an insult upon the very foundation upon which our great nation was built upon. It is a sad day for the American election process when it is manipulated for personal political gain.

    C’mon folks let’s do this the right way. Run an honorable and clean campaign. Tell me why you are the better candidate, not why the other guy stinks. Be a true American and support our right to vote and for whom to vote for.

    I tend to take the side of the under dog and right now my heart is with Mr. Pollinger and his family as he is being tested. My prayers are with him and any candidate that must deal with such an occasion because of the power of the political machine.

    • Linda H. says:

      Mr. Lewis, don’t you mean “the power of the law?”

    • Anonymous says:

      Thank you Mr. Lewis. Just because he has only lived in Palm Coast for a few years – doesn’t mean he would not be an asset to the County. Check out his website – Chiefs of Police from all over the Country back him, FBI agents back him, residents of Middletown, N.J. back him. He has always been a fair and honest person. He never asked his “Officers” to do anything he wouldn’t do himself and that was even midnight patrols. I don’t always believe everything I read – two sides to every story – but it would appear to me that many people fear of loosing their employement. It also would be very hard for me to believe that every public official – or person running for office knows 10% of every law that is on the books.

  15. rose duncan says:

    This is simply an attack on the political freedom of voting, this is a personal vendetta. For those of you who took the time to speak with John and got to know him, then you know he is the right man for the job, Let’s not make the same mistake again having the wrong Sheriff. I stand behind John 1000%. He is the right man for the job. Do you people like how our City is right now? I don’t and I think we need a change for the good and John is the man to do it.

  16. bridget says:

    With due RESPECT for JOHN POLLINGER, he is a man of his word and I respect that he is vowing to continue in the race for Sheriff of Flagler County. It’s an honor to be part of his support team…

  17. Ralph Belcher says:

    Smells eminating from the Republican Club rift/situation are waifting our way, voters.

    Seems someone’s cluster of grapes are a bit too tart for their taste.

    In the interest of safety of all our fellow citizens, I urge you to please don appropriate eye protection. There’s a lot of mud being slung round.

  18. patty says:

    Good or bad, after 8 years an incumbent must go. We have term limits for presidents, we should have the same for all offices and even if terms limits are not required by law, we should use our common sense and vote out incumbents after 8 years. Just saying, about no one in particular.

  19. palmcoaster says:

    Nowhere near the unfair attack aimed at Sheriff Jim Manfre in 2004. Deceiving enough to make him narrowly loose his re-election to Donald Fleming.

    • Dontbesoparanoid says:

      Names on the ballot for the 2004 election for Sheriff:
      George Bertish, R
      Donald Fleming, R
      Thomas Hutson, D
      (I) Jim Manfre, D

      The then incumbent Manfre, did not lose his re-election to Fleming. He lost in the Primary to Hutson. Fleming then defeated Hutson. Let’s stick with facts.

      [Quite right DBSP: stick to the facts--and please don't lecture our commenters about what they may or may not say, because it's getting tiresome to have to delete all that finger-wagging from you. You're not the cop here. Thanks.--FL]

      • Dontbesoparanoid says:

        Thank you FlaglerLive..I see it’s ok for a select few but not for me when it comes to pointing out the obvious.
        You’ve had something against my postings since I started making them. I have seen people torn apart and called numerous names in the comments on your website.
        The poster Norton Smitty being the biggest offender without a peep from you. I only correct misinformation and when I have to correct the same poster over and over politely asking that they educate themselves on the subject, and they continue to post erroneous information, I call it as I see it.

        [Dontbesoparanoid, the irony of your handle says it all. You should live up to it. Your comments have to be edited on occasion not because you correct the record--for which we've recognized you on occasion--but because you're rude, you're condescending as hell, and you think you run this comment section. We don't have time to edit the rudeness of repeat offenders, so from now on any leanings that way will simply keep your entire comment from going live. As for Norton Smitty: If you were as witty and wrote as well as he does, you'd get the leeway he does. You're not, and you don't. You're a shill for the sheriff's office, and that's fine, but you're also dishonest by playing spokesman for a public agency, on our dime, while hiding your name. This sort of reply should have been sent to you privately, by email, but your stealth act keeps you from providing that non-publishable email. So please: spare us the whining, and spare us the cop act.--FL]

      • deana says:

        Obviously palmcoaster is referring to the unfair attacks on Sheriff Manfre by Fleming right before the primary. He managed to work everyone up into a frenzy. Do you read the Palm Coast Observer? Fleming has been advertising and welcoming race car fans and bikers to Flagler County. Who is paying for those welcome ads? I’m sure that money is coming out of the office budget and not his personal account. Ahhh, last time I checked I didn’t see any race car fans spending any money up here! And the bikers, they passed thru Flagler getting to Ormond and Daytona! I understand there is a big horserace this weekend, maybe we’ll see him welcome them too!

        • spoton says:

          Money spent – maybe the business and companys’ that advertize in the paper – isn’t that how it works – and I do think the bikers spend money in Flagler – look at all your bars and eating palces – I see them parked – Oh maybe they just use the rest/room????

        • dontbesoparanoid says:

          Not out of the “office budget” The money comes from federal community policing grants. As far as race fans or bikers not spending monty here, check our local hotels during those times. There’s a reason our local Walmart carries BikeWeek and Biketoberfest tee shirts. Those staying in our local hotels shop for food and necessities for their stay as well as eat and drink at our local establishments. Ever hear of the White Eagle or the Black Cloud? Or any eatery along A1A in our county? Messages made to target the people who roll in to town in attempts to keep them from falling victim to crime while visiting our county makes sense and is the responsible thing to do. We should not want those who visit here to go home with a story about their horrible stay.

          • deana says:

            I find it interesting in Volusia County and in Daytona Beach which is the mecca of motorcycles we do not see the Volusia Sheriff or Daytona Chief welcoming anyone through office funds or grants. Isn’t that why we have a Chamber of Commerce? Why is Fleming the only one with his picture in the paper if itsn’t for publicity sake?

            • dontbesoparanoid says:

              Didn’t know the Chamber of Commerce issued public service announcements on crime prevention and safety.

  20. Sally says:

    Keep up the fight to win.

  21. palmcoaster says:

    @ Angie. No problem I understand your frustration that rivals with my own, regarding some candidates running for office here, taking oath knowingly doing wrong and trying to blame the innocent in this case Mrs Weeks. Do some think we are all that gullible?
    @ Don Bozza. I could not find anythink in the NJ Newspaper link you provided. Probably you referred to an old record news? Can you locate that for us?

    • Dan Bozza says:

      Sorry for the delay Palmcoaster! The web address I gave previously will get you to APP.COM(the Asbury Park Press website) You then need to click on the empty search box to get to the option for archives. If it doesn’t work type in the name John Pollinger and you should get a drop down menu for archives. Then select the tab for advanced search, scroll the screen down a little and put in your search dates. I used Sep 1, 2001 because that’s when a lot of problems with his subordinates developed.

      Unfortunately a lot of this reporting has been removed because Pollinger was involved in a messy lawsuit with subordinates and he had the records sealed. The suit was about disciplining his subordinates for going over to NY to help in the attempted rescue efforts after Sep 1, 2001. At first he had given permission and then withdrew it. Officers were then going to NY on their days off, on their own time. He ordered them to stop! When they refused he disciplined them and thus the law suit.

      Their are 12 other reports listed in the time period I used. Several of them are about Pollinger’s several on again off again retirements/forced leaves, including one that indicates he angrily threw the keys to his squad car on the desk and said he quit as he stormed off.

      The record clearly shows the man had serious issues with his superior, the County Supervisor, but also with the subordinates he was responsible for!

      • deana says:

        Yes, I also saw the stories about how he refused to allow his men to go to help out after 9/11. The entire country was sending people there to help and he disciplined his troops for going. That’s crazy! Then when his officers went on their on time, he disciplined them for not listening to him. Since when does your boss tell you what you can or can not do on your own day off.

        Flagler deputies, better watch out for this guy!

        • sunshine says:

          You are grossly misinformed. On September 11, 2001, Chief Pollinger dispatched 25 officers to NYC to assist NYPD. On September 12, 2001, The Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, Colonel Dunbar, who was also in charge of the Office of Emergency Management for NJ ordered that no municipalities in NJ send officers to NYC. Many officers wanted to go but were ordered to follow the directive issued by the Superintendent of the NJ State Police. Some did go on their own time, without authorization and disobeyed an order issued by Col. Dunbar and Chief Pollinger.

      • sunshine says:

        You are grossly misinformed. On September 11, 2001, Chief Pollinger dispatched 25 officers to NYC to assist NYPD. On September 12, 2001, The Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, Colonel Dunbar, who was also in charge of the Office of Emergency Management for NJ ordered that no municipalities in NJ send officers to NYC. Many officers wanted to go but were ordered to follow the directive issued by the Superintendent of the NJ State Police. Some did go on their own time, without authorization and disobeyed an order issued by Col. Dunbar and Chief Pollinger.

  22. ANNA LOHLE says:

    you know ? It sounds to me like someone was digging for some dirt to sling at Pollinger and couldn’t find anything worse then his party selection , he is not about mud slingging or dirty pool . He is about fixing whats wrong with flagler county law enforement .This is a witch hunt plain and simple . he has voted in flagler as a republican since 2009. they didn’t turn away his vote because he didn’t unregister in NJ . I never unregistered in NY . I thought once you register your car,got a flagler lic.and registered to vote ,the last state you lived in would not not matter any more .THIS IS AMERICA FOLKS ! YOU HAVE RIGHTS HERE AND CHANGING PARTIES IS ONE OF THEM .AND RUNNING FOR OFFICE IS ANOTHER .. JOHN POLLINGER IS A WELL QUALIFIED CANDIDATE RUNNING A CLEAN CAMPAIGN THE ONLY BURNING AT THE STEAK WILL BE THE DAY POLLINGER WINS THE ELECTION AT MY HOUSE ON MY BBQ

    • deana says:

      Too bad he can’t read what he signs. The law says if you change your party you can not run for office for 365 days. That prevents candidates from jumping from party to party to run against a specific person.

    • Linda H. says:

      Anna, the difference is that Mr. Pollinger was asked to sign a statement to the effect that he was not registered in another party within the past (what is it, 365 days?). He should have checked that former registration. He has known it still existed since January.

      But instead, he perjured himself. This can be a third degree felony. Ms. Weeks tried to help him and he attacked her.

      You are not being asked to sign that statement unless you are running for office. There is a difference here, a BIG difference. A candidate for Sheriff knows better and if he does not, then he is not someone you want to place in the office of Sheriff.

      Interesting that so many see nothing wrong with this. And discouraging.

      • ANNA says:

        Linda H ,
        He has voted in this state as a republican for three years ! do you think its better to elect someone who might participate in cover ups and freebees and who knows what else , this is no purgury its a shame. This a cheap shot to take him off the ballot. . I’m glad it didn’t work

        • Linda H. says:

          Anna, it is the LAW. The same law he is supposed to be upholding and enforcing. Please don’t accuse anyone of dirty tricks here.

          I don’t think anybody was trying to take him off the ballot. Did anybody say that, other than Mr. Pollinger? I don’t believe so. We need a sheriff who will uphold that law and live by it. He doesn’t get to pick and choose which ones he likes and which ones he doesn’t, even if he is your favorite candidate.

          I think Ms. Weeks went out of her way to notify him as quickly as possible so he would have time to make a decision about whether or not he wants to run as an NPA.

          There are many candidates in this race. As I stated before, we need to vet them all. Now is the time to find these things out, not after the election.

          • Lisa M says:

            Linda,
            If you have been voting here in Florida, since 2008, would you feel the need to check with your previous state to verify that your voter registration is closed out? Why are you looking at this as some sneaky end run? Has anyone ever heard John Pollinger say anything negative about any of his opponents’?
            Time for the other candidates to get their message out. Good luck to all.

            • Linda H. says:

              I’ve seen John Pollinger actively campaign against a couple of Republican candidates, not any of the current candidates.

              He openly supported Jason DeLorenzo against Dennis Cross. Not very “Republican’ I would say.

              • Lisa M says:

                Where or when did anyone hear or see John actively campaign for Jason?
                Did you know that Dennis Cross lost his re election bid for Grand Haven CDD board by 67 %? I have always been a Republican, but would never, ever vote Dennis Cross!

                • Linda H. says:

                  I watched him one evening at the Italian American Club. I was sitting right next to them.

                  I don’t have a problem with him doing any of this, but not as a Republican. Can’t have officers on the club board campaigning for Democrats. That is not ok with the rest of the organization.

            • Linda H. says:

              Lisa, unless you are voting in both states (a felony), then you have not committed a crime. That is not what is happening here…

              But if I was signing CANDIDATE OATH FORMS, I certainly would make every effort to make certain I was doing it all correctly within the law, even if I had to have an attorney look everything over.

              Wouldn’t you? He has known about that existing registration since January. I am not familiar with this law, so I cannot comment on it beyond that.

  23. The Honest One says:

    This is for all the FLAGLER COUNTY VOTERS out there. You all can see the honesty with the SOE Kimberly Weeks. It did not matter what party Mr. Pollinger was with. She did what her conscience told her to do. She tried to get Mr. Pollinger up until late that evening and she did not wait until the next day to call him, she called him from her home that evening. All the negativity that has been around this county since she was voted into office surely shows what she is really about. HONESTY ! ! ! ! REMEMBER HER IN NOVEMBER. VOTE FOR KIMBERLY WEEKS FOR SOE….

  24. Biker says:

    I believe FS 119 requires Weeks to make that letter available. I do not believe the letter she describes, falls within any of the exceptions delineated by FS 119. Flagler live should acquire a copy of that letter. Just cuirous if it was a member of another candidates camp.

  25. palmcoaster says:

    @Honest One and Deana. I could only give you a “One Like” only to you both otherwise I would have given you dozens. You both really see it , like it is! My vote for top law enforcement constitutional official will be for Jim Manfre in this coming elections. An honest, experienced law enforcement and exceptional family man as well. I do not care for his party affiliation as is his integrity and honesty what we need for Sheriff and he have always resided in our county since he moved to Florida, for many years. He knows very well the inside and outside of law enforcement needed and that we are paying up front, to serve us all.
    We have very good, professional and dedicated deputies serving us all, they just lack the right exemplary, commendable leadership.

  26. Joe A. says:

    Let’s make no mistake here. The voters of Flagler County have not spoken. All the comments here is a well orchestrated effort from Ray Stevens and his campaign team. They are the ones speaking out.

    Just because they are loudly does not mean they are speaking for everyone. It is obvious the politically machine is trying to put a choke on Mr.Pollinger because he refuses to stoop their level.

    What I find interesting is those who claim to hardcore republicans are trying to make friends with Kim Weeks. Are the super republicans actually agreeing with a Democrat?

  27. notasenior says:

    Case law makes it clear that you can be registered in more than one place (the voter should not be penalized because of the incompetance of the registrar of voter) but you can’t vote in more than one location. So if the candidate did not vote in NJ since 2009 then he should not be denied access to the ballot (even though he is a republican)

  28. tulip says:

    So why wasn’t the information about being registered as something different in another state given to the candidates by the SOE? If the SOE claims they didn’t know about it, than we certainly can’t blame the candidate for not knowing it.

    There are certain people who are trying to manipulate some of these races—shame on them, and isn’t it too bad that these people are so afraid their opponent is going to win that they have to stoop to this level .

    I’m not planning on voting for Mr Pollinger, but I do think he’s being treated unfairly and probably had no idea about this law, shouldn’t be expected to—it should be up to the SOE to let them know, just like it let’s the candidates know all the other rules and regulations of running for office.

    • Linda H. says:

      Tulip, it is on the form Mr. Pollinger will have to sign. right there in black and white. It asks him if he has been registered in any other party during the past 365 days and I do not know how he responded or IF he has responded yet.

      If he says no, then he perjures himself. It can be a 3rd degree felony to lie about this. It is amazing to me that so many are blaming the law and not the candidate.

      People, do you not know that when you registered to vote here you were asked a similar question about where you were registered previously? I do not know how he answered that question, either, but we need to find out before the election.

      I would advise you to read this article and the comments very carefully, then do your own research. Don’t let anybody tell you know to vote; KNOW by your own research.

      Joe A, I’d say there is a great deal of choking going on by both parties. I think the voters are smart enough to figure this all out by themselves. If he’s telling the truth, he’ll be fine. If he is not, then best we find out before the election. Fair enough?

    • Betty says:

      Why did Pollinger not volunteer the information and ask the SOE if it was a problem. Seems like Pollinger kept it quiet is why others felt the need to expose him.

    • TC says:

      If candidate Pollinger didn’t volunteer the information how was anyone to know he was registered in another state? He had to cancel his car insurance, vehicle tags , drivers license and mail delivery but he didn’t know to cancel his voter registration?

  29. GK says:

    Can someone explain why we even vote to elect a Sheriff? Why aren’t they hired just like police chiefs. I for one don’t like the political shake ups that occur when a new sheriff comes into office–promotions/demotions based on support or lack of it. Hire a person based on their ability and not their political affiliation.

    • Biker says:

      Thumbs up on this one. We should be doing a nationwide search for real candidites with real verifiable credentials. We should not be hiring the top lawenforcement officer in the county based upon a popularity contest. A popularity contest that is mostly based upon highly inflated credentials and misinformation.

    • Lisa M says:

      I agree GK. The Sheriff is there to uphold the law, should never be political!

  30. SSDD says:

    So all of you people that are bashing Mr. Pollinger for not knowing about it, or trying to deceive people, all I can say is REALLY??? I looked at that weebly website that someone posted. So right there, that is someone who is out to get someone and hide behind it to not get found out. This was someone who was digging to find out information to try and discredit Mr. Pollinger and make him look bad in front of the people. Take a look at it. Look at the last time he voted there. It was the November 2007 election. So when the 90% of you talking shit moved from where you lived before you got here, you took care of closing everything out up there before registering down here right??? No you probably just forgot about it and after the required time, usually 2 presidential elections or 8 years you fell of the books. I blame the Supervisor of Elections for this mishap. It should of been caught by her if a background check was done to see if the candidate is even able to qualify for an election.
    But like I said before, when you have an axe to grind, you’ll do whatever it takes to get your competition to somehow get taken out of the equation.

  31. Carolyn says:

    I am very annoyed that people who are good people and honest people that want to be elected to do a very hard job are faced with this kind of cheap shots. People have died for us, all of us, to have the right to go on a ballet and change parties as long as they tell the people what their stand is on a lot of issues, and how they would change things.
    I personally think if they went into the other candidates personal issues they would find a lot more of really bad things to talk about. My opinion is the others are running a little scared right now because we finally have someone who really can change things around in our county, and Mr. Pollinger is the one that can do this.!!! Don’t kid yourselves there is a lot more going on in this county than you know.
    Go Mr. Pollinger, Give them a run for their money. Lets show them what you are made of.
    Why don’t the few people that want to find something wrong with him have the nerve to talk to him Directly, and he’ll tell you the things he did up north and why. There are programs he put into service that saved lives. Call him directly and he would meet with you or talk to you on the phone, That’s what kind of man he is. HE HIDES NOTHING!

  32. Think first, act second says:

    I don’t have a dog in this fight. I can see the opinions of both sides, but I just have a question.
    When does a law quit becoming the law that we all must live by? Is there a waiver somewhere in Florida Statutes that give us the right to pick out the laws we want to obey and ignore those that we don’t like?

  33. fedup says:

    Hey Anna, simply put POLLINGER LIED, and he got caught……. don’t CHOKE ON YOUR STEAK … HAD MY VOTE …BUT NOT ANYMORE

  34. gatorfan1 says:

    cheap shot,but having said that,this gentleman and whoever else throws their hat in the ring stands an excellent chance. mr. fleming is going to have serious issues with this hit and run case in c section and now this selective memory thing with the hammock dune membership that he’s “forgotten” about. the list grows and grows.

    • spoton says:

      gatorfan 1 – I see taking phone calls from the citzens of Flagler County is illegal? and using a free membership card that he pays for all his meals etc is a crime? but Pollinger lying on his voters registration is not? Something is not right I think we can figure out what is the more important item – you think…..

  35. palmcoaster says:

    @Carolyn & SSDD. Polinger simply LIED!
    I will not vote for someone recently arrived here, taking an oath & lying, for a position to be representing the law, if elected. Hello..?

  36. gatorfan1 says:

    @ palmcoaster and fedup:….news flash…THEY ALL LIE!!…Pick your poison.

  37. palmcoaster says:

    @Thinkfirst. You sound like a new arrival as well…Got to learn the laws of Florida before taking your oath. Not quiet like NY,NJ, PA, CT or Massachussets. If all would be the same, would be very boring! Don’t you agree? Besides the fact that if would not be for it laws, Florida is muuuuch better!! Kudos for Dixie and the Gators! No wonder we all head here. Wether lying or telling the truth!

  38. palmcoaster says:

    @Joe A. Regarding hard core Republicans making nice with Kim Weeks or any other Democrats. Well when you have a good constitutional officer doesn’t matter the party! As you could see hard core Tea Party Governor Rick Scott rated Flagler County SOE Mrs Kemberle Weeks a Democrat, among the best.
    And yes I am still a Republican but …with common sense! I do not give a r… a…about parties any longer but about the integrity, character and honesty of the ones running for office to represent us “The People”, to really give us the services we pay up front for, to repair our economy, to promote job creation, to stop the gouging at the pump, to stop attacking womens rights and equality and minorities, to support education, the elderly, the middle class, the poor and stop the war machine and instead spend those war trillions on us, Americans first. If in your eyes all my goals wished make me unwordy of still be, a registered Rep, then I am sure ready to give it up!

  39. BW says:

    I have to say the behavior regarding this “issue” with Pollinger and the “issues” with Flemming’s membership card are not the finest hour for local political people. Seriously? These are the petty issues and childish games to play when we are talking about electing a Sheriff? Shame on those behind these petty attacks.

    @PalmCoaster, I agree with you in regards to a lot of what you said . . . except for Weeks. She needs to go. Not because of her political party affiliation but because she is not one who conducts herself with integrity in my opinion. She needs to go.

  40. ric says:

    This guy sound as bad as the guy in office now.. Any other canidates ( and don’t say Manfre ) ??

  41. Whats up says:

    How long has Mr. Pollinger been a resident of Flagler County?

    • FRANK DILIBERTO says:

      Pollinger was involved in a messy lawsuit with subordinates and he had the records sealed. The suit was about disciplining his subordinates for going over to NY to help in the attempted rescue efforts after Sep 1, 2001. At first he had given permission and then withdrew it. Officers were then going to NY on their days off, on their own time. He ordered them to stop! When they refused he disciplined them and thus the law suit. NOT WHAT WE NEED IN FLAGLER COUNTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • sunshine says:

        On September 11, 2001, Chief Pollinger dispatched 25 officers to NYC to assist NYPD. On September 12, 2001,

        The Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, Colonel Dunbar, who was also in charge of the Office of Emergency Management for NJ ordered that no municipalities in NJ send officers to NYC.

        Many officers wanted to go but were ordered to follow the directive issued by the Superintendent of the NJ State Police. Some did go on their own time, without authorization and disobeyed an order issued by Col. Dunbar and Chief Pollinger.

        Police Officers are expected to follow orders, especially in a time of national crisis.

        While you’re reading the newspaper find out what Chief Pollinger did for the 37 families in Middletown who lost relatives that day.

  42. palmcoaster says:

    Some historical facts to be aware of, before choosing a candidate:

    Sheriff Fleming in Flagler County, FL:
    http://www.flpba.org/news/news.php?article=9

    Next, same McGuire as above, engineered cruzade against Sheriff Jim Manfre:
    FLAGLER, Fla. — Flagler County authorities were looking Wednesday for the former Flagler County Commissioner, Pat McGuire, now executive director of the Coastal Florida Police Benevolent Association, which represents Flagler deputies and officers.
    The PBA’s Pat McGuire has led the charge against state attorney John Tanner by criticizing Tanner’s investigation of Flagler County Corrections deputies.
    Tuesday night, WESH 2 confirmed McGuire is the subject of an on-going criminal investigation involving allegations of sexual molestation.
    Flagler officials said Tuesday that they received information that led them to conduct a wellness check on McGuire. The criminal investigation into the molestation charges ensued.
    http://www.wesh.com/news/10665769/detail.html

    Pollinger in Middletown, NJ:
    http://ind.gmnews.com/news/2004-11-16/Front_Page/001.html

  43. PJ says:

    You all don’t see the problem at hand.

    Weeks allowed him on the ballot before she checked his time of residence.

    Weeks did it again and you bet you ass she notified Pollinger ASAP because she knew she made another mistake.

    I’m not on any candidate side in this article but a mistake like this is costly for all involved and would affect the board of elections budget.

    Nice work Weeks PLEASE keep up the great work……………….It would help if you quit there is a savings right there!!!

    • Linda H. says:

      Weeks hasn’t made a move without her boss in Tallahasee. On the one hand, Mr. Pollinger and his attorney are accusing her of going outside her jurisdiction. She has not done that. She is following the instructions of her superiors in the state offices.

      This man KNEW his previous registration was still active. If he is not thorough enough to read the election laws, I don’t want him as Sheriff and I don’t believe I am alone.

  44. tulip says:

    According to today’s NJ , it seems that Pollinger is allowed to remain on the ballot, and the lawyer asked Weeks to make that fact known to Pollinger and Weeks refused to do it—what’s with that?

  45. palmcoaster says:

    @Linda H. You are correct ! SOE follows state orders. Also you are not alone, I do not want him neither further more I would not even touch him with a ten foot pole.
    @Tulip…What is up with that?…well what is up is that SOE Mrs Weeks boss is in Tallahassee and is not exactly named Chiumento! As I believe.

  46. palmcoaster says:

    @PJ …Weeks checking his time of residence …? After the man takes an oath …she is supposed to go and investigate if he is perjuring himself regarding his oath? Do you really know what to Take An Oath means? Maybe you expect the SOE budget pay for a private investigator to proof the Oath was not perjury and maybe later Mrs Weeks be accused of the right of privacy act, violation also? Pleaaase.

    • Gone for now says:

      Perhaps the people so concerned about voter registration in another state would take the time to check on other candidates and current electees to see if they are legal.

  47. deana says:

    Here we are over a month after this story broke and the only defense is “wha wha wha they don’t like me, they don’t want me, they’re picking on me” and the big bully is a woman who was just doing her job. Why can’t these people just grow up and admit they made a mistake and let the chips fall where they may!

  48. Carolyn says:

    This goes for the few people, or I should say ” the dogs that won’t let go of a bone.” Let’s get on with the election. A Sheriffs election should not be judged on your political points anyway. The law is the law no matter what state. It has nothing to do with your political thoughts. Let’s stop spending time and energy and get down to business. I mean the business of driving without licences, drug driving, drugs, Violence in the home and lets keep our children safe. That’s what the Sheriff should judged on and not which party he is affiliated with.
    Get off the computer and get involved with your community, instead of poison comments.!!! Let’s have this election without ” MUD. ” Go Pollinger, show us what you are made of.

  49. MAG says:

    Mr. Pollinger we love you. The volunteers are growing for his campaign. Thank so much for your making most of Flagler readers angy. Now they are more passionate to vote for Pollinger.

  50. deana says:

    Carolyn,
    You are right, the law is the law…and all candidates should obey it. And, we are getting down to business! You are hurt, you have been deceived, we understand that. Campaign volunteers but their heart and soul into their work but you are not seeing the bigger picture. A candidate that does not obey the law will be an incumbent that does not obey the laws. The problem is we have two candidates for sheriff that think they are above the law. What we have now in the Sheriff’s Office is a leader who has set a very poor example for his employees. He has given away supervisory positions to friends who are ineffective because they have no idea what they are doing. The organizational chart is upside down…all chiefs and no indians! This leads to more crime. Sorry but your candidate has the same bad track record in New Jersey. Temper tantrums, throwing his keys, walking out of commission meetings, the whole lawsuit thing, and on and on and on…we need a professional. We need someone who will lead the Sherff’s Office. Someone our deputies can be proud of. There is no mud being thrown here…we just see a clearer picture.

    • Carolyn says:

      Give me a brake! Have you never lost your temper??? I think so. About people feeling they were lied to, Get your FACTS in order we were there in Jersey we know exactly what happened. So the way you are trying me make people feel that Mr. Pollinger is anything like any other Candidate you are wrong wrong wrong.!!!
      Why don’t you call him and TALK TO HIM AND SEE FOR YOURSELF. His background speaks for himself, thoughtful and kind things he does for people that no one knows about. His back ground in law enforcement and the kind of person he is, is not based on Democrat or Republican it’s based on being a person and always doing the right thing when no one is watching.!!!!!

  51. Brenda Bomar says:

    . I just have a few words to say in response to some of the comments made here. The Chief of Police of Middletown as someone stated was not an “elected position” It was EARNED! Working your way up the ranks and taking tests by written and oral. To the person who made comments regarding the 911 incident. You don’t know all the facts – If you read All the newspapers you would know that the requests came from NY – no more Volunteers unless we request them. That included law enforcement. To the person who thinks that when you move to a new State at that point you should know every law that is on the books – my comment to you Do you thing everyone running for office or in office knows every law on the books? Even Judges have to hit the law books ever now and then. To all of you of Flagler County – there are always disgruntled subordinates – read the Candidates web site and endorsements – Chiefs of Police have endorsed John Pollinger, former co-workers (police officers) FBI agents, residents of the Township of Middletown – His record speaks for its self – A fair and honest “COP” that was never off duty, was respectfull of all and listened to both sides of the story before making a decision. I suggest that the people of Flagler County do the same. Electing John Pollinger will not be a mistake – taking him off the ballot – will be.

    • deana says:

      How wonderful that you have taken the time to support your family member…the name is Brenda Pollinger Bomar, right? You obviously have an emotional attachment to this candidate. But your post makes the point some of us have tried to make. Mr. Pollinger is a nice guy, we do not dispute that. The fact is he signed a document stating he had not changed parties within the past 365 days. You just can’t do that. There are two reasons for this event…he either lied or he can’t read…which is it?
      The other point you make is how can anyone be expected to know all the laws of a new state. I would expect someone who wants to be the chief law enforcement officer of a county to know the law. If he doesn’t, perhaps he needs to be a resident of that state a bit longer.
      But no matter what state you come from there is one rule that is the same everywhere and that is you just can’t try to pull the wool over people’s eyes and then blame everyone else for your mistake. He has lost credability in the eyes of many. He should be man enough to own up to his mistake and try again next time.

  52. ANNA says:

    YOU KNOW , I THINK YOUR ALL MAKING A MOUNTAIN OUT OF A MOLE HILL. I COULDN’T CARE LESS ABOUT WHAT HIS PARTY WAS IN NJ . .WEEKS IS JUST AS AT FAULT AS ANY ONE .POLLINGER WAS NOT A POLITITION IN NJ HE WAS THE CHIEF POLICE .,THAT WAS A TITLE THAT HE EARNED NOT VOTED INTO. WE SHOULD BE HAPPY TO HAVE SUCH A QUALIFIED CANDIDATE. WHO I AM PROUD TO SUPPORT .AND HE HIS NOT MY BROTHER LETS STOP THE MUD SLIGING AND GET ON WITH A CLEAN CAMPAIGN ! AND MAY THE BEST MAN WIN .!

  53. palmcoaster says:

    Totally agree with Deana and I couldn’t say it any better than you do.

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