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Palm Bay: Ex-City Councilman Holton Interview Released.

Law enforcement have released the video of the interview between then City Councilman Tres Holton and investigators from the FBI and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement concerning a recording made by Holton’s mother of a signature gatherer for a petition to change the language of the City Charter on special assessments back to what it was prior to 2016.

We covered the recording, Holton’s mother’s action and Holton’s misrepresentations here and here.

If you want to listen to the recording to refresh your memory, you can download it here or listen below.

The interview starts out with Holton trying to explain that he is the victim of remarks made by people against him and his family by supporters of political opponent Thomas Gaume.

Gaume was one of the leaders of the petition drive to have the Charter wording changed back to pre-2016 verbiage. In the interview, Holton believes the petition is an attempt to derail his election as he won a “straw poll” vote.

It is true that Holton won a straw poll at a BREC meeting. The problem is that the petition drive started months before that poll was taken. Furthermore, the value of the poll was exhibited when in the 2018 primary, Holton came in last behind Gaume and eventual winning candidate Kenny Johnson. The people in Palm Bay did not care what BREC thought, but did care about the corruption in City Hall in which Holton was chest deep.

The officers in the recording blow through Holton’s attempt to shift the blame and move onto the recording that was made by Holton’s mother.

Holton proclaims that as the recording was made at a public event, it was legal as there is no expectation of privacy.

He, as he is so often, is wrong.

The laws covering this are:

Florida Statute 934.03(c) reads:

934.03 Interception and disclosure of wire, oral, or electronic communications prohibited.—

(c) Intentionally discloses, or endeavors to disclose, to any other person the contents of any wire, oral, or electronic communication, knowing or having reason to know that the information was obtained through the interception of a wire, oral, or electronic communication in violation of this subsection;

People may think that means that people cannot record an “oral communication,” (a conversation) without the consent of both parties. Normally, that is true. However, “oral communication” in the statute is defined as:

Florida Statute 934.02 “Oral communication” means any oral communication uttered by a person exhibiting an expectation that such communication is not subject to interception under circumstances justifying such expectation and does not mean any public oral communication uttered at a public meeting or any electronic communication.”

If you listen to the recording, initially the contact and the recording take place in public with no expectation of privacy. However, both women agree to move away from the noise to a place where they can talk. In other words, they move from a place where there is no expectation of privacy to one where there was an expectation of privacy as they have moved away from the crowds.

The law enforcement officers tell Holton that the determination of whether the recording is legal will be made by the State’s Attorney.

In other words, the LEO’s disagree with Holton and say to him that they know the law too.

Holton gets up and leaves the interview at that point. He wasn’t able to schmooze or wiggle out of the questions so he left. As a City Councilman, Holton was used to sitting on the dais and having the “bully pulpit.” Here, in the interview, that didn’t happen.

Before the officers could get to the other issue of Holton’s mother illegally signing the petition, Holton bolted the room.

After throwing his own mother under the bus, Holton walked out.

In our opinion, this interview encapsulates all that was wrong with Holton as a City Council member.

Holton always tried to play the victim. Holton always tried to blame others for things he had said and done. Holton thought that people would buy into his lies because of who he was.

Holton always claimed that he would talk with anyone at any time. He even announced from the dais that he would be willing to talk with us. We accepted his offer and wanted to have the conversation here on this blog where people could see what we said and what he said.

We never heard from him.

No matter what, his walking out on the interview shows that he wasn’t willing to talk to everyone in person, either.

We guess that he left the interview as fast as he could, ran his mother over again in whatever bus he was driving and then beat a path to Little Caesars Pizza.

Some things just never change.





4 Responses to “Palm Bay: Ex-City Councilman Holton Interview Released.”

  1. Carla says:

    “Holton always tried to play the victim. Holton always tried to blame others for things he had said and done. Holton thought that people would buy into his lies because of who he was.” Same modus operandi as Trump uses ad nauseam.

    Even Holton throwing his mother under the bus is classic Trump. When Trump’s father got Alzheimer’s disease, Trump tried to take advantage of him by presenting him with a new will that would have benefited himself at the expense of other family members.

    Make no mistake, I’m not defending Holton’s actions. I’m just comparing the kettle, Holton, to the pot, Trump!

    • MJ says:

      … and what a stretch that is! You need to see someone about your TDS.

    • AAfterwit says:

      All,

      This was a post on Tres Holton, and not Trump, Biden, Clinton, etc. This was a post dealing with a local topic.

      Let’s try and stay on topic, shall we?

      Thanks.

      A. Afterwit.

  2. Renee Felty says:

    Not a single person paying attention to local politics during Calvins reign should be in the least surprised that he threw his own mother under the bus. Calvin (Tres) Holton is masterful at playing the victim.

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