Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Curry's Merger Proposal Is about Power, Not Kids

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Curry's Merger Proposal Is about Power, Not Kids

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Byline: Ron Littlepage

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These two men - Gov. Rick Scott and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam - will likely be asking for your vote next year.

Scott, term limited as governor, is eyeing the U.S. Senate seat held by Bill Nelson, and Putnam wants to take Scott's place in the Governor's Office.

When you vote next year, you will do well to remember how both men responded to the blindingly ignorant tweets and statements of President Donald Trump last week that undercut the very foundation of this nation.

Putnam, who had already wedded himself to Trump in his young campaign, took the cowardly way out while other Republicans heavily criticized the president's remarks.

"I can only control what I say," Putnam said when asked about Trump's response to Charlottesville.

As for our governor, Scott dined with Trump during the turmoil of Trump's bad behavior. A Scott spokesman said Charlottesville didn't come up.

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Let's be upfront about what's happening with Mayor Lenny Curry's proposal to do away with the Jacksonville Children's Commission and Jacksonville Journey and replace them with a new program called Kids Hope Alliance.

It's a straight-up power play.

That became even more obvious last week when an audit of the Children's Commission, which Curry had called for last December, was released.

The audit said the commission was doing a good job and achieving good results for the city's children.

Why Curry pulled the plug on the commission two weeks before the release of an audit he had requested remains unanswered.

But it's clear what his proposal will do.

The legislation creating the Children's Commission called for an "autonomous" board.

Under his plan, Curry would appoint the seven members of the new group's

board and be able to remove them at will.

Curry would also select the board's chair, and he would have the final say on who the group's chief executive officer will be.

When Mayor Alvin Brown proposed basically the same thing, he was sliced and diced by City Council members after they recovered from a case of the vapors. …

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