Stark Differences in Character, Honesty and Trustworthiness

Before you Vote, Ask Yourself these Important Questions

Many of you have received a printed brochure in the mail from me. My office has been flooded with requests for an electronic version of the brochure to pass on to friends, family and others. Attached is an optimized document (PDF) for your use and distribution.

The Importance of Being an Honest, Trustworthy and Experienced Leader
Leadership and management expertise matter very much to me as they should to everyone. The fundamental differences between me and my opponent could not be more clear:

I have a vision for what Collier County can be. I have earned the respect of my peers in the legal and law enforcement communities.

I have more than 30 years of law enforcement and investigative experience and more than 27 years of business experience, often managing more than one business at one time.

I know right from wrong, and have fought for Collier County citizens who have been wronged by our legal system.

I am honest and trustworthy. Telling the truth at all costs is vitally important to me.

As you know by now, I do not shy away from hard issues. And in seeking the truth, I have asked many hard questions.

In sharp contrast to my fundamental beliefs, in answering the following questions it should be equally clear as to who is the best choice for Collier County Sheriff:

  • Did the incumbent use taxpayer money for his 2008 campaign? YES or NO? Some say he admitted to it on TV. The State Attorney found “evidence of wrongdoing.” His behavior is highly relevant in this election because it demonstrates a history of misrepresenting himself to voters. In the 2012 race, evidence submitted to the Florida Division of Elections suggests he continues to break election laws.
  • Did the incumbent fail to release teenagers who were wrongfully jailed to cover up the acts of the son of one of his co-workers? YES or NO? One of the mothers who pleaded with the incumbent for their release knows the real answer.
  • Did the incumbent approve pay increases for his command staff in contradiction to the letter he wrote to County Commissioners that stated “no member has had an increase since FY 08.” YES or NO? The website proves he categorically gave increases over many years. He now calls them “incentive training.” And he now admits there are only 32 at the CCSO that earn $100,000+ (instead of 38) … still extraordinarily high when no one else in the County received pay increases in the past four years.

Of course there are many other issues in the race, but I if you answered YES to any of these questions, then you must concur with me, and overwhelmingly reject the incumbent on August 14.

Early Voting Has Begun
It was exciting to see early voters cast their ballots yesterday at The Orange Blossom Library. Early voting for the August Republican Primary will continue through August 11. The polls are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Vote at any one of the following locations:

  • Everglades City Hall – 102 Copeland Avenue N, Everglades City
  • Golden Gate Library – 2432 Lucerne Road, Naples
  • Immokalee Library – 417 N First St, Immokalee
  • Library Headquarters – 2385 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples
  • Marco Island Library – 210 S Heathwood Drive, Marco Island
  • Naples City Hall – 735 8th Street S, Naples
  • Supervisor of Elections Office – 3295 Tamiami Trail E, Naples

What Else Can You Do?
Spread the word. Forward this email to everyone you know. Teachers, Firemen, EMS, other County workers.

The August 14 primary is open to Republicans only. Please encourage your fellow Republicans to vote. It is important that every voter that can vote in the Primary, actually vote.

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Victory for Florida’s Voters

Dear James,This week, the United States Department of Homeland Security granted our state access to its list known “SAVE” (Systematic Alien Verfication for Entitlements). With access to SAVE, we can and will proceed with our efforts to ensure non-citizens do not vote in future Florida elections.


This commitment from the U.S. Deptartment of Homeland Security marks a significant victory for the integrity of our election system. I appreciate your support of my effort to protect the integerity of our voter registration rolls throughout the Sunshsine State.

Will you help me share this victory for Florida voters?

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Clerk of the Courts – Why should you care?


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Dear James,
Wouldn’t it be great if our elected officials could work together to serve you, as a valued Collier County tax payer?

My name is John Barlow and I’m running for Clerk of Courts to do just that. I want to put my forty years of private business experience to work, and lead a turnaround to make the Clerk’s office professional, open and honest with Collier taxpayers.

What is the role of the Clerk of the Courts?
The Clerk of the Courts serves the citizens of Collier County as an accountant, auditor, keeper of the court and public records, responsible for court administration, and trustee of all public funds.

Why should you care?
The long-time incumbent Clerk of Courts has delayed or denied payments to local businesses without proper justification. The work was completed, accepted and payment requests were approved – but the Clerk denied funding. With bills to pay and no funding, these businesses were not able to pay the weekly wages of their employees.

Instead of paying the County’s bills on time, the current Clerk’s office has been seeking headlines and picking fights with businesses and county officials.

Several non-profit organizations report that the Clerk has unduly denied payment of approved federal grant money – compromising their ability to provide vital services to the children and families in Collier County who need it the most.

By clutching onto the county checkbook, the Clerk of the Courts is hurting local businesses and their employees – your neighbors!

It is time for a change!
The Clerk of the Courts will be elected on August 14th. All registered voters have a say in this race and the future of our community.

You deserve a responsible Clerk, one that works fairly with businesses and county officials, not one that attacks them on the front page.

As a community, we need a Clerk who is accountable for paying the County’s bills on time.

I will bring private business principles to the Clerk’s office to make it more efficient and affordable for taxpayers. Most of all, I’ll be honest about our finances. And I’ll pay the County’s approved bills on time. That’s a promise you can take to the bank.

I hope I can count on your vote for Clerk of Courts on August 14th. I would be honored to have your support.


John Barlow

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Fast and Furious is not a D.C. law firm

Ann Coulter July 11, 2012

Fast and Furious is not a D.C. law firm

by Ann Coulter

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Most Americans don’t care about whether Attorney General Eric Holder is hiding Fast and Furious documents because they don’t understand the story.

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Until someone can tell us otherwise, there is only one explanation for why President Obama’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives gave thousands of guns to Mexican drug dealers: It put guns in their hands to strengthen liberals’ argument for gun control.

Precisely because this is such a jaw-dropping accusation — criminality at the highest level of government to score a political point — Republicans refuse to make it.

But the problem with Republican rectitude in discussing this scandal is that as soon as they start talking about subpoenas and dates and documents, TV channels change across America. They’re never going to get answers unless they first explain to the American people why it matters.

Liberals have been dying to reinstate the so-called "assault weapons" ban, but they haven’t been able to for political reasons. (For more information on this, see the 1994 congressional elections.)

A typically idiotic Democratic scheme, the "assault weapons" ban prohibited the sale of semiautomatics that are operationally indistinguishable from deer rifles, but which looked scary to liberal women.

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Sheriff Takes Salary Increases While Road Deputies Suffer

Before you cast your ballot, please read this investigation on hidden pay increases for Sheriff Rambosk + his Command staff
Sheriff Rambosk and 100’s of Command Staff took Pay Increases over the Past 7 years

During the toughest economic times since the Depression, Governments at all levels, have been forced to downsize, to do whatever they can to survive … in Collier County

  • While our deputies … the men and women who put their lives on the line, day in and day out, have struggled to make ends meet, have had no pay increases in four years, endured hiring freezes, had cutbacks in hours worked …
  • While our teachers, our most important asset, were being laid off …
  • While our fire departments were being forced to make dramatic cut backs, putting our county at risk …
  • While property tax values and revenue were dropping …

Rambosk and his Command Staff WERE TAKING substantial salary increases year after year.

To provide transparency into what is really happening with Rambosk and these salary increases, please read the attached report and judge for yourself.

Rambosk does not and cannot deny this report. Attempting to defray this damning issue, Rambosk claims these "increases" are from overtime, promotions and cashing in on un-used vacation time. Again, look at the report. It’s not possible. Salaried employees don’t get overtime. Promotions don’t happen year in and year out. Cashing in on un-used vacation time only happens when you leave an organization, not year after year. His excuses don’t pass the grade. Road deputies did not receive raises. Only a handful at the top did. Rambosk’s notarized FY 2012 (2011) budget letter proclaimed that despite the "hardships" "NO MEMBER HAS HAD AN INCREASE SINCE FY 08 (2007)."

When he signed that document in May16, 2011

  • He and 108 others took substantial increases … some as high as 46%
  • In 2010, 65 had increases … some as high as 12%
  • In 2009, he and 90 others had increases … some as high as 31%

How is it acceptable that everyone HAD been asked to cut back WHILE RAMBOSK’S elite group ESCAPED ANY sacrifice WHATSOEVER?

Rambosk and his elite few have prospered when everyone else has sacrificed. Other mind blowing facts:

  • There are 38 people at the Collier County Sheriff’s Office that make more than $100,000; by contrast, on Lee County’s Command Staff, only 6 earn more than $100,000.
  • Since 2005, Rambosk and all the Chiefs have had their salary increased by more than 50%.

It is very clear that Rambosk has totally mismanaged this department.

But most importantly, Rambosk misled his deputies and the citizens of Collier County.

Enough is enough already.

Source of the Salary Data provides salary information as filed to the Florida Retirement Fund. Through an Open Records Request, they have access to actual W-2 salary information.

They provide transparency into how much taxpayer-paid employees are making for the entire State of Florida, not just Collier County.

Rambosk Does What he Wants without Oversight
Most people don’t know that Rambosk doesn’t report to anyone but the Governor. There is absolutely no oversight. No accountability. Rambosk does what he wants; he takes what he wants.

Who approves his increases? Who approves the other increases? How exactly are any increases even possible with declining tax revenues?

Here is the VERY SAD FACT about our government, including the Collier County government. There is absolutely no transparency.

Until we found this web site, there was no way for anyone to find this information. It’s hidden from taxpayers, buried in mounds of paper.

I have asked the Governor to initiate a special investigation of Rambosk’s fiscal irresponsibility.

Fixing the CCSO and Providing Transparency
Obviously Rambosk has to go. Once we fix the structure of the organization, we can hire additional deputies, improve public safety, improve logistics … all that and more.

We’re going to thoroughly review all HR and personnel components. Reviews. Salaries. Pay Scales. You name it.

Taxpayers will have full transparency into the NEW Collier County Sheriff’s Office. I promise you it will happen as soon as is possible.

What can you do?
First and foremost, get the word out.Pass this communication to everyone you know.Teachers, Firemen, EMS, other County workers … all need to know what is going on at the Sheriff’s Office.

If you are not registered to vote, you have until July 16. Please register. Your vote and your voice are very important. The August 14 primary is closed to Republicans only. If you are a Democrat and want to switch your party affiliation for this election, you have until July 16.

If you are registered to vote, you can vote in one of three ways: Absentee, Early or on August 14, 2012.

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Reject Rambosk. Elect Ortino.

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