|Commissioner Pat Kemp|
Did Democrat Hillsborough County commissioner Pat Kemp violate our Sunshine Laws? It appears Kemp collaborated behind closed doors last year with fellow Democrat commissioners Kimberly Overman and Mariella Smith to collectively oppose TECO's proposed Big Bend natural gas plant after the commission had already voted their unanimous approval.
On January 24, 2019, the BOCC unanimously approved 7-0 the County's Final report about the proposed Tampa Electric (TECO) Big Bend natural gas plant. TECO planned to cut its use of coal in half transitioning to this plant. The approval decision would ultimately be made by Governor DeSantis and his Cabinet members.
"We are not going to let (Tampa Electric) go forward with this fracked gas plan," Hillsborough County Commissioner Pat Kemp said at a rally organized by the Sierra Club before the public comment portion. "It does not make any sense in this day and age for them to do that."
|Letter signed by Kemp, Overman, Smith on |
County Letterhead to Governor, Cabinet and Media
|Text message from Mariella Smith to her aide|
about the letter she, Overman and Kemp orchestrated
|Pat Kemp and Mariella Smith tried|
to host a virtual roundtable on issues that
Kemp was supposed to respond to the Florida Bar complaint by 10/9/2020 but she retained a lawyer who requested an extension to respond from the Florida Bar. Kemp was granted the extension to respond which is after the election.
Pat Kemp, a Progressive Democrat activist endorsed by the Democratic Progressive Caucus of Tampa Bay, is running again for her District 6 countywide. Kemp endorsed Doug Rivero, the Socialist running for Soil and Water Conservation District 2.
|Commissioner Kemp endorsed Socialist Doug Rivero|
for Soil and Water Conservation
As an activist, Kemp uses social media to attack people.
Kemp was quick to post this on her Facebook page about Nick Sandmann before knowing any of the facts. Kemp owes an apology to Sandmann who has already successfully settled defamation lawsuits with CNN and the Washington Post. Kemp also owes many of her own constituents who support Trump an apology for such inflammatory rhetoric.
Kemp has even attacked the Democrat BOCC Chair Les Miller on Facebook who has had to deal with Kemp's unethical tactics. Miller and his wife crossed party lines to endorse Sandy Murman who is running against Kemp.
There is a pattern of unethical and distasteful behavior with Pat Kemp. Kemp gets agitated and rude even in public too often with those who do not agree with her "my way or the highway" attitude.
Hillsborough County voters must take note.
They can decide to remove activist commissioner Pat Kemp in County Commission District 6 on November 3rd.