Pat Bates and the Dorworth Hit Job
Today, the Central Florida Political Pulse reported on a mailer sent from a “shadowy organization” in Tallahassee that is calling incumbent mayor of Altamonte Springs, Pat Bates, a “liberal democrat” and attacking her for tax evasion. Tons of money and resources has been dumped into this race by the “Small Business Advisory Council”, yet no ones knows much about this group. They were created four months ago, have not released public disclosures yet, and their chair refuses to answer questions. What business does a group from Tallahassee have dumping boatloads of money and resources into a small mayors race in the quaint town of Altamonte Springs?
The answer that all political insiders know, but the Orlando Sentinel can’t publish, is that she is the subject of a political hit job by Representative and future federal prison occupier Chris Dorworth.
In the house race for 2010, Pat Bates Republican and ex mayor husband, Dudley Bates, came out with this release:
- Dudley Bates, (R) Former Mayor, Altamonte Springs:
As a life-long Republican, I strongly believe in and support the conservative values of my party. That said, in the Florida State House District 34 race, I am compelled to cross party lines and support Democrat Steve Barnes.
Steve has shown a commitment to our community and to integrity in government that his opponent, incumbent Republican Chris Dorworth, has not.
Representative Dorworth has tried in his advertising to make this race a referendum on President Obama. This race should not be about partisanship and the federal government….it should be about who is best qualified and dedicated to bring new jobs to Florida, to serve the citizens of District 34 and central Florida, and to govern with integrity.
Having worked closely with both men, I am confident that Steve Barnes is best qualified in all regards and will make a better Representative for all the people of the District.
I strongly endorse Steve Barnes.
- Dudley Bates, Altamonte Springs City Commissioner 1981-87; Mayor 1987-99
The man Steve Barnes was running against was none other than our friend Representative Chris Dorworth. Dorworth was furious about this cross from his own party, but had no recourse. Dudley Bates had no intention of getting into politics, yet his wife was the current mayor and running for re-election. Dorworth is now dumping all his resources and connections into getting Dudley Bates back for his percieved cross. He has plenty of people willing to help him too, as he was recently announced as the future Speaker of the House.
It’s a real shame too, Pat Bates has been able to grow the Altamonte economy, get rid of the deficit, and is a self described “fiscal conservative”. The Republicans should love her, but this is personal and dirty. The Small Business Advisory Council hasn’t released their donor list yet to the state, but when they do I’d venture a bet that Dorworths Shadow organizations “Madison Christopher Holdings LLC”, “Rochelle Holdings LLC”, and the “Guerra Project” will be very prominent on there.
When the federal indictments start rolling down on Dorworth and the rest of the Republican Party, we’re gonna see this whole thing blow up.