A few years ago, John Morgan decided to leave Florida Justice. Along with Mr. Morgan, a number of other people went with him. Some said they would return to the organization as soon as some changes were made. Of course, Mr. Morgan still isn’t with Florida Justice.
Today, while some people had hoped that things would change, it hasn’t. In fact, some might even say that it has become worse. With today’s financial filings coming out, this can be easily confirmed.
In the race for State House in District 42, Florida Justice decided to give money to Mike Horner, a Republican who is absolutely in the tank with the Florida Chamber, AIF and everyone that, supposedly, Florida Justice opposes. Back in the day, the Florida Trial Lawyers really did show that they cared about the issues. Now, they are making decisions that make absolutely no sense whatsoever. Florida Justice has done the same in House District 63 where Florida Justice is backing Republican Shawn Harrison over Democrat Mark Danish.
Still, we should have seen this move coming from a mile away. When Florida Justice had Republican Albert Balido as their political director, many Democrats could already see the writing on the wall. And after Balido left the political director position, there might have been a ray of sunlight.
Florida Justice PAC’s director now is Steve Schale. Considered a hero by some Democrats for bringing the Florida House Democrats to a amazing 34.17% of control of the House (yes, I am being sarcastic) as well as somehow letting Obama under-perform in Florida compared to the national average by 5%, some of us thought that things would change at Florida Justice.
Instead, they seem to be throwing money at Republicans as if they don’t care. So, what needs to be asked of Florida Justice is, bluntly, “what the hell does Florida Justice stand for”? They obviously don’t want to put money behind people that will support their issues, that is for certain.
But there seems to be some myth in the Florida Justice circles that if they start throwing money at Republicans that somehow they will vote with Florida Justice on the issues. Guess what FJA….not going to happen! Sorry Florida Justice, but you will always be outspent by the Florida Chamber, AIF and every single business that they can get to contribute to the Republican campaigns that actually seek to kill any legislation that you support.
I hoped that with Schale being the director of Florida Justice PAC that things would change. But as we now can see, it hasn’t changed. Florida Justice is a sell out. John Morgan was right. And while the unions continue to strongly support Democrats, Florida Justice has become the Benedict Arnold of Florida politics.
Florida Justice is on the brink of becoming the most obsolete organization in Tallahassee. Those Democrats that seek support from trial lawyers are now doing it more on an individual basis instead of going to Florida Justice for support. And the people that Florida Justice is throwing money to, like Republicans, will vote against their legislation most of the time.
So, again, the question must be asked….”what the hell is the use of Florida Justice”? Yeah, I can’t find it either.