Palm Bay / Brevard County: This Is The Problem.

(Editor’s Note: Please see the note at the end of this post in regards to the graphic above. Thank you.)

In an October 3, 2018 a paid political advertisement made to look like an article on SpaceCoastDaily, was published. The headline reads:

Kristine Isnardi Endorses Bryan Lober for Brevard County Commission District 2

In the advertisement, Brevard County Commissioner Kristine Isnardi gives a glowing review of Bryan Lober and endorses him for the November 6, 2018 election against Democrat Victoria Mitchner.

Fast forward to this past weekend when Lober represented Isnardi’s husband at a bond hearing after David Isnardi’s arrest on Friday.

As we noted Saturday, after the hearing, Lober said:

“I just don’t want this to be a distraction to my career or to his wife’s career.”

The question that people are rightfully asking is “was Lober’s work for Isnardi a conflict of interest?”

We don’t know but there is an appearance of impropriety there.

Was Lober’s legal services repayment or a “thank you” for Commissioner Isnardi’s endorsement? Only the Isnardis and Lober know for sure.

However, that doubt in the mind of the public and the appearance of a conflict is something that could have been and should have been avoided by all parties.

Lober representing Isnardi was a bad choice on his part. Isnardi’s acceptance of the representation was a bad choice on the part of the Isnardis.

Elected officials are supposed to avoid the appearance of conflict of interest, not walk into them willingly.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The graphic at the top of this post indicates Kristine Isnardi is the Commissioner for District 4. That is not the case. Isnardi represents District 5 while Commissioner Curt Smith represents District 4.

We did not make the graphic. It is taken directly from the Space Coast Daily website. As the graphic appears on an ad paid for by the Lober campaign, we cannot say for certain whether the site got the information wrong, or the Lober campaign got the information wrong.

In the end, we don’t think it matters other than to be correct. It doesn’t affect the thrust of the story and the apparent conflict of interest between the two sitting Commissioners.

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