Palm Bay: The Johnson Campaign Response. It’s Strange To Us.

The Johnson campaign has released a statement in response to the information that we talked about the other day in a post. At the time, we said that as there was not much known about the alleged incident, people would have to decide for themselves whether what was disclosed mattered to them in deciding who to vote for.

As we discuss below, we think the statement from the campaign should be added to that equation.

Here’s the statement:

Campaign Official Statement of 2015 Incident

We can confirm there was an arrest. As a result of an investigation all charges were dropped. The record was expunged by mutual agreement to protect all parties involved. This information was not released prior because that is the entire purpose on an expungement.

The other party involved in the incident is aware of the current political attacks and at the request of the family, the campaign had not released a statement up to this point. We have been asked not to share further details about the incident to protect their privacy, and to avoid the same attacks, slander, and libel that I and my campaign manager have faced in recent weeks.

Local authorities have opened an investigation into how this information was obtained and disseminated publicly by people involved with our opponents’ campaign.

Since the incident in question, Kenny is a current certified A Plus Volunteer with Brevard Public Schools which requires an extensive background check by the State of Florida. He was awarded the 2018 Partner of the Year Award from Brevard Public Schools.

Our campaign is focused on how to come together as a community to move our City forward, together. We are focused on running a positive campaign for the betterment of our community. It’s unfortunate that others have felt the need to resort to negative campaigning and petty politics. This type of political mudslinging is exactly what’s wrong with government and why it’s time for a change at City Hall.

We understand this response will not and cannot satisfy everyone. We encourage that you vote based on who you think will best serve the City of Palm Bay and the community. It is important to remember there is another party involved, and they deserve the privacy and protection they have requested. For that reason there will be no further comment on the matter.

The Johnson campaign thinks the statement will end the issue, but we seriously doubt it.

In many ways, the Johnson campaign brought this mess upon themselves. It was Johnson who was arrested and charged and now the campaign is trying to portray Johnson and the campaign as victims. We find that extremely disingenuous on many levels. Secondly, we are forced to wonder where was Johnson’s care for the “other party involved in the incident” when the incident initially occurred. It is a deflection of sorts to be concerned about the other party now when there was no concern back in 2015. We also find it disingenuous to worry about the “attacks, slander, and libel [the campaign] has faced” when the campaign sent out supporters to attack those who brought the incident to light. Those people have been the subject of physical threats, including death threats. Where is the campaign’s concern for those folks and how did sic’ing the attack dogs on the people who brought the incident to light show a willingness to “come together as a community?”

The incident has now claimed many victims, in our opinion. First was the original victim in the actual incident. The second victims are those who would like to know the truth and would like to have the transparency from candidates. The third set of victims are those who while seeking answer and comments from the Johnson campaign, were labeled with false accusations and threats.

Americans are a forgiving people. As we said in our other posts, what matters is what happens after something like this happens. Did the person learn a lesson? Are they repentant of what happened?

We don’t see any of that in this statement. Instead, what we see is a deflection and a very poor attempt by the campaign to play the victim.

There has been a lot of bad acts from all of the supporters of all of the candidates for Seat Four and we are not excusing any of them. For the Johnson campaign to claim that they alone were the subject of attacks simply denies reality.

The statement closes with “we understand this response will not and cannot satisfy everyone.” Well, they got that one right. However, the “satisfaction” or lack of satisfaction is no longer about the initial incident or explanation. That would have been an easy thing to explain and satisfy most of the rational thinking people in Palm Bay.

The campaign chose a different path and instead issued a statement that comes off as trying to portray the campaign as victims in this whole sordid affair. We just aren’t buying that at all.

As we stated, there were lots of attacks and angry, stupid, churlish words and posts exchanged and for the Johnson campaign to infer they had nothing to do with those exchanges doesn’t satisfy us at all.

We’ll say it again. If this incident and now the statement matters to you and how you view any of the candidates, we encourage you to vote accordingly.

That’s all that people can do.

8 Responses to “Palm Bay: The Johnson Campaign Response. It’s Strange To Us.”

  1. Hometown says:

    IMHO, if his statement is factual in that investigation was done and all charges were dropped, and expunged by mutual agreement of both parties, then I tend to agree that he was indeed a “victim”. He admits that the arrest did occur but that in no way makes him guilty of anything. I don’t think it’s fair to say because he was initially arrested and charged it was his fault is misleading since the investigation determined there wasn’t any evidence to support the charges and they were dropped. Obviously, his statement is politically motivated but I think he did attempt to get the facts out by admitting to the arrest without digging into the weeds too much.

    • AAfterwit says:


      You’ve hit on one of the issues with this incident.

      There was an investigation (which took a long time) done by the police and they pressed charges. The Johnson campaign said after another investigation that the charges were dropped and the record expunged. There are many reasons why the charges could have been dropped. The first is that the alleged victim (not Johnson) in this case decided not to assist with the prosecution. That would mean that the charges were dropped because the DA felt he couldn’t win the case – not because the charges weren’t factual or supported. Another reason could be that a plea deal was reached which allowed a deferred judgement until after Johnson had met some criteria set by the courts. Once that criteria was met, the charges would be dropped and the record expunged. That happens quite frequently in cases and as this was a case involving a minor and a young-ish adult, we can see that happening here.

      If there was not a incident, then why didn’t the campaign simply say immediately after this came out, “there was an arrest and the alleged victim recanted their story which led to the charges being dropped?” That would have made the most sense to us. Instead, we got a convoluted statement from the campaign weeks after the revelation of the charges. As we said, if the story were a case where Johnson was falsely charged, just say so and say so immediately.

      There’s just so many things about this that don’t add up. We’ll never know what happened and that is fine. We would have preferred a statement explaining what happened, but that didn’t occur.

      People will need to decide how they want to react to this.

      In Palm Bay, one of the main issues is transparency within City Hall. Whether the Johnson campaign’s response to this incident increases or decreases people’s perception as to whether Johnson would make the government more transparent, less transparent, or even at the same level is something that people will need to think through.

      All we are saying in our post is that we feel the statement is rather odd and raises more questions than providing answers.

      A. Afterwit.

  2. Craig says:

    Thank you for publishing this matter it’s of great concern to many Palm Bay residents.

  3. Third Dimension says:

    Bravo ROH, Bravo.

    I am being very genuine, and forthcoming in that virtual applause.

    Your staff uses logic, not bias. The scales of Justice, not conjecture, fair and balanced approach, not pitchforks and torches.
    In the world of politics, that is not easy to keep personal feelings out of it. How I wish you could teach the MSM that level of integrity.

    Which segues me into the integrity needed when running, and serving as an elected official.

    Let’s be honest here, that campaign was doomed to fail at inception. This is not running for Homecoming King or Queen, it is not a personality contest, this is a legislative body responsible as a taxing authority and lawmaking assemblage. Integrity has everything to do with a campaign and candidate. What will they do when the doors close?

    This vitriolic sideshow certainly did show characteristics of a severe divide in Americana and her roots.

    I do agree the response was lackluster in mea culpa and certainly disingenuous in being transparent to the candidate’s history.

    This arrest was not a response to a 911 call, it was a six-month investigation which led to an arrest. Which after some time, was abandoned, and no information filed. The expungement, as reported, was a separate filing by the private citizen, who is now the candidate. You must proffer the court a motion with intent to have it removed after the case was dropped or abandoned.

    As a side note, no civil action was taken by the candidate for wrongful arrest. Just sayin’

    Here is where I either convince you as a reader of my comment, or I lose you.

    What is driving this divide?

    “United we stand, divided we fall”

    “ nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.”

    We as Americans, are divided, but why? Are there many contributing factors here?

    Law Enforcement vs. Gangs and thugs
    Crips vs. Bloods
    Hells Angels vs. Mongols
    Republican vs. Democrat
    Progressive vs. Libertarian
    and yes Black vs. White

    Is there still racism in our country?

    If you ask most people; What does racism mean to you? Most would say a “prejudice or discrimination”
    Which is true. But prejudice, what does it mean? Can you be prejudice for OR against, something, anything? YES, you can.

    Just as the rest of the definition:
    “the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.”


    It did say “the belief” How do we start believing in ourselves as Americans FIRST?
    Why is there a divide?

    Here is the irony, I am good, sometimes great with facts. It was what I was trained to do.

    Abe Lincoln wrote by executive order #95 the Emancipation Proclamation. He was a Republican.

    Constitutional Amendments 13, 14, & 15, were passed by Congress between 1865 and 1870, during the historical era known as Reconstruction, the Thirteenth, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution were ratified to establish political equality for all Americans.
    All passed without one Democratic vote! 100% participation, and passed by Republicans.

    So where is our divide coming from, political parties? YES in part. Without an evil foe to beat, who would contribute all that money? $$

    Could our divide also be prompted by the media? Why not? Show racial tensions, gangs, guns, them vs. us. Who then is this us?
    The liberal media? How do they benefit?

    Commercials, TV shows at a certain station, talk shows, game shows, reality shows, and all those expensive commercials. $$

    There is an old saying goes a bit like this:
    An Attorney, alone in a small, one stoplight town, stay poor.
    Two Attorneys in that same town, get rich.

    You can achieve little, without a foe.

    Think about it, that is the base for Capitalism. Honest competition for business.

    Why do they want us to compete, fight, disagree, or yes, divide?

    Going back to Lincoln, “Of the People, For the People, By the People”

    If we divide, who wins?


    • No Blinders says:

      The Party of Lincoln and Roosevelt and Ike is a far cry from these republicans’ As are the opposition the democrats They are all entrenched working for their own benefit, Cynical Yeah but they have done their work well we can no longer even reason with each other without resorting to name calling and bullying

  4. Polly Baker says:

    The incident occured in October of 2014 and he was arrested in April 2015. Wouldn’t that mean the arrest occurred after a six month investigation?
    The charges were abandoned at a later date. Why?
    Some years ago, I endured several incidents of sexual harassment in the workplace and I filed charges. During the investigation, I was told my background would be closely examined-how many people I had dated, how I dressed, etc.
    It was implied that they intended to make me look like a slut and I was told it would be in my best interest to drop the charges.
    How are we to know whether or not this was a similar scenario? I do not believe the candidate or the campaign manager are the victims in this situation.

  5. Craig says:

    What I dislike the most about this election it’s pitted neighbor against neighbor.

    At some point we all have to live together and I wholeheartedly believe we share the same desire for Palm Bay’s future irregardless of political ideology or beliefs.

    People of good character can disagree when it becomes a barrage of personal attacks and threats upon private citizens it’s demonstrative of incivility, intolerance and hatred.

    • AAfterwit says:


      A thought just crossed our mind here. We agree with you when you say:

      People of good character can disagree when it becomes a barrage of personal attacks and threats upon private citizens it’s demonstrative of incivility, intolerance and hatred.

      Wouldn’t that lead to the reverse that those who launch into “barrage of attacks and threats against private citizens” lack “good character?”

      That’s really something to ponder if you think about it. (Boy, is that a weird sentence we just wrote. Hope you get the gist.)

      We’ll say it again.

      “Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people.”

      ― Socrates

      A. Afterwit.