Here you will find information about the issues affecting Floridians (Issues), a comprehensive list of progressive groups in the state (Progressive Organizations), information on how to be an activist (How To), the most information on Florida elections and politicians anywhere on the web and other information.Included among those politicians is Florida's new Lt. Governor, Jeff Kottkamp. On May 8, 2007, The FPC reported
the Jeff Kottkamp page on the FPC Wiki was edited to remove negative information. This was done by someone using an IP address registered to the Florida Department of Management Services, either an employee or a contractor with access to a state computer.The information deleted was a reference to this item:
State settled suit filed by ex-Kottkamp aide: A one-time aide to Charlie Crist’s running mate, Rep. Jeff Kottkamp, was paid $50,000 by the Legislature in settlement of a discrimination suit.Now comes the really fun part. In a story breaking today on the FPC website Crystal Armstrong of the state Department of Management Services Enterprise Information Technology Services is quoted as saying the modifications to the FPC Wiki
were made from the computer of Larry Ringers who works for the Lt. Governor.
A. “Larry” Ringers, is the Chief of Staff to Lt. Governor Kottkamp. Two questions come to my mind. First, this appears to be a violation of state policy on computer use that includes this:
ANY EMPLOYEE FOUND TO HAVE PARTICIPATED IN THESE ACTIVITIES WILL BE SUBJECT TO SEVERE DISCIPLINARY ACTION UP TO AND INCLUDING DISMISSAL FOR A FIRST OFFENSE.The second question is, what is so sensitive about the deleted information about this discrimination complaint that would lead Mr. Ringers to take this action?
Stay tuned. This appears to be the tip of the iceberg.