Observations and musings on Jacksonville Politics


Yep, that’s right.  It was party time earlier tonight.  And we all know how much Matt Shirk and Angela Corey enjoy a good party.  Wonder if Nelson Cuba was there to guard the door?  Oh, I guess he didn’t have to guard the door – this party was by invitation only.  Ohhhhh, rats!  And I missed it!

Oh, to be a fly on the wall. This evening, from 5-7 p.m. at the Ivy Ultra Bar in downtown Jacksonville, The Law Office of Duke Fagan is sponsoring a meet and greet for the lawyers on staff at both the State Attorney’s and the Public Defender’s office. And it’s OPEN BAR! WOOOOOO!

A press release reads:

“The new year has brought many changes. The Nation has a new President and the Fourth Judicial Circuit has a new State Attorney and a new Public Defender. Along with the executive changes in both offices there has been a consequent change in legal staff. There are new faces in old position and “old” faces in new positions. Thus, it is a good time to bring together both sides of the government funded criminal justice bar to meet the new faces and to renew relationships with the “old” faces.

The Fourth Judicial Circuit of Florida has always been known for professionalism and collegiality among the members of its bar. In furtherance of that spirit, The Law Office of Duke Fagan is sponsoring a social hour for the Public Defenders and the State Attorneys of the Fourth Judicial Circuit. An open bar, hors d’oeuvres, and live music will be provided.

This event is by invitation only … All lawyers employed in the Office of the State Attorney and in the Office of the Public  Defender for the Fourth Judicial Circuit have been invited. ”

I love how they put “old” in quotes in the first paragraph, like people might get confused and think they were talking about the elderly. And, really, considering what good friends Angela Corey and Matt Shirk are, we’re relatively sure the two offices will get along just fine sans cocktail hour. [FLOG]


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  1. gatorblue says:

    I wonder if JSO will watch the parking lot for inebriated attorneys piling into their cars for the drive home?

  2. EllieMae says:

    nah they met with him later at that favorite hang out on the northeast corner of university and phillips. just like old times.

  3. Riding4TheBrand says:

    Hey g8rluvr what is your problem with Nelson Cuba? I notice that a lot of your posts seem to fixate on him.

  4. g8rluvr says:

    Well, I guess if you consider mentioning Nelson in 6 posts (4 of which were mine) out of a total of 377 posts fixated, then you should go ahead and just color me guilty. 😉

  5. Riding4TheBrand says:

    I don’t profess to have read 377 articles but I have seen 3 where Nelson Cuba was mentioned and they were all your posts. Sorry if I offended you by asking but I was just wondering what your beef with him was, to which you didn’t answer. And so be it I really don’t care I just thought that this it what forums are for. My bad, have a good day sir.

  6. g8rluvr says:

    I wasn’t offended, Riding. Just because I post about someone doesn’t necessarily mean I have a beef with them…although I think it’s apparent that I didn’t agree with Nelson’s approach on the corrections officers DROP legislation – in particular threatening to sue the City and then purposely having the officers get up and leave in the middle of a particular council person talking.

  7. Riding4TheBrand says:

    Ok, g8rlvr. While you may not agree with his actions in the case of the Correction’s Pension it must have been effective because it passed 16-2. He also appears to have the backing of his members because they keep re-electing him as their President.

  8. g8rluvr says:

    As my granny used to say, you attract more flies with honey than vinegar. Ultimately, I believe Nelson’s approach in these kind of issues will be his downfall, regardless of his FOP members’ support. You can only cry “wolf” so many times.

    Just look where that kind of brinkmanship got David Stevens (former FOP head and then Chief of Patrol). Now he’s been reverse lateraled to Chief of Community Affairs, the black hole of JSO.

  9. Riding4TheBrand says:

    First I don’t believe that Nelson Cuba was crying “wolf.” Secondly, you need to get your facts straight. Chief of Communitty Affairs is a prime sought after position and right where David Stevens wants to be.

  10. g8rluvr says:

    C’mon, Riding, we all know Nelson and Stevens are jockeying to potentially run for elected office.

    But let’s take a look at the previous chiefs of Community Affairs and see where they are now (these are the ones I can remember)

    Garris: came back with Glover in 1995 after 20 years heading up UNF police, retired from Community Affairs after 4 years, died unexpectedly in 2002
    Spates: lateraled from Community Affairs to Homeland Security and then retired (took a run for Sheriff as well)
    Kelly : promoted from Community Affairs to Director of Patrol, then retired, now heading up investigations for the PD’s Office
    Hill: retired from Community Affairs, working for the civilian side of the Navy making 6 figures a year
    Richardson: retired from Community Affairs
    and now Stevens – reverse lateral from Chief of Patrol

    Only one out of 5 ever got promoted from the Community Affairs position in the past 14 years. So I hardly think it’s the sea of promotional opportunity. Really, the only thing serving as Chief of Community Affairs gets Stevens, is the chance to say he’s been all over JSO if he wants to run for Sheriff.

  11. Riding4TheBrand says:

    You have proven my point. Each one of the chiefs mentioned are and were well thought of by the administration and the rank and file alike. Each one wanted to be in Community Affairs. I don’t know either of their intentions but this city would be well served to have either Stevens or Cuba as a sheriff.

  12. g8rluvr says:

    You can say what you like publicly about the Chief of Community Affairs position, but JSO insiders know differently.

  13. Riding4TheBrand says:

    Please take no offense but your comments prove to me that you are no JSO Insider 😉

  14. g8rluvr says:

    I’m not offended, but your statement about not being an insider is incorrect. 😉 Btw, you may want to take a look at information bulletins 2006-064 and 2006-116 from SO1.

    I do appreciate your thoughts and insights, though, and hope you haven’t taken offense either.

  15. Riding4TheBrand says:

    I’ll do that but I’m not sure what bearing 2006 IB’s would have on our 2009 conversation.

  16. g8rluvr says:

    Just trying to help you stay on the right side of a potential G.O. issue. 😉

  17. Riding4TheBrand says:

    Thanks but remember IB are only enforcable for 30 days 🙂

  18. g8rluvr says:

    lol 🙂 ….there’s no expiration on GO61.

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