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Mac McLouth responds to Tom Weinberg’s attacks

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In the heated primary race for District 5 of Port Canaveral Commissioners, Tom Weinberg is attacking Mac McLouth’s record,claiming voting conflicts, but a closer look at McLouth’s votes reveals the inaccuracy behind Weinberg’s claims. Weinberg has the funds to bombard voters with his message, with $34,920 in contributions from 96 different sources, including many out of county and out of state donors.

Weinberg accused McLouth of voting on matters that impacted McLouth’s employer, but McLouth actually advised his part-time employer not to invest in the gambling ship venture that was impacted by the vote. In McLouth’s response letter,he points out his own self-imposed rule that prevented his professional engineering company from working with the Port Authority. In his response letter, McLouth elaborated on the gambling ships vote.

“Related to his charge of voting conflict, I strongly advised my then part-time employer NOT to invest in the Las Vegas Casino ship venture,” McLouth said. “Later as a commissioner, it was obvious to me that the gaming ship activity in Florida was in rapid decline due to competition from the Native American casinos. I suggested to the Commission that if we wanted to keep this income (and jobs), the Port needed to modify its business plan. My comments were misinterpreted as being biased to the two remaining operations; namely Sun Cruz and Las Vegas Casino Lines. Nothing could have been further from the truth. In the end, all three gaming ship operations at Port Canaveral failed as predicted. As further proof, a revised Port Business Plan has now attracted a proposed gaming ship operation that will yield, at best, only 38% of related past Port income levels.”

McLouth’s base of support is solely within Brevard County, with nearly all of his contributions from donors in Brevard County. has received  $12,225 donations Weinberg’s records show 23 of his 96 donations coming from donors outside of Brevard County, including Banner Elk, North Carolina,Orange Park,Winter Park,Heathrow, Pensacola,Chicago,Suwannee Georgia and Wetumpka, Alabama.

McLouth was elected as a Port Commissioner in 1967 and served through 1996, when he became the director of the Port’s business development and was promoted to executive director, where he served from 2000-2004. During that span, the port enjoyed major expansion in business. He was re-elected in 2008 to fill an unexpired term and is the current President of the Cape Canaveral Council of the Navy League of U.S.McLouth also serves on Metro Plan Orlando, www.metroplanorlando.com

Weinberg is a real estate broker, attorney and former  Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator Mel Martinez. Senator Martinez resigned from the U.S. Senate during his first term in April,2009 and now works as a lobbyist for J.P. Morgan Chase. Martinez  is one of the major donors to Weinberg’s campaign.(http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2551498/posts).Weinberg also worked for the state of Florida’s Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services

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Source:http://www.votebrevard.com/index.php?op=F&ss=242898&nomenu=Y&spanish=N

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