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Brad Drake's Tough Decision: To Run or Not to Run?

Brad Drake, Walton County's appointed county commissioner, finds himself at a crossroads. For perhaps the first time in his lackluster political career, Drake must seriously weigh his options and make a difficult decision. The deadline to qualify for the county commissioner ballot is fast approaching, and Drake has until this Friday to decide whether to run or step down.

The Appointed Incumbent

Let's start with the basics. Brad Drake is technically the incumbent, but he wasn't elected to his position; he was appointed. This means he doesn't have the established voter base that an elected incumbent might enjoy. His chances of winning are uncertain, especially considering the mounting scandals and controversies surrounding him.

The Beach Betrayal

One of the biggest issues Drake faces is the fallout from HB631. This bill, which essentially gave away Walton County's beaches, has become a major point of contention. Drake's role in supporting this bill has made him a pariah among constituents who feel betrayed. It's rare to pinpoint a single individual responsible for such a significant loss, but in this case, it's clear that Drake is the one to blame. This will undoubtedly be the primary talking point in the upcoming election.

For Sale: Brad Drake

Another major problem for Drake is his apparent willingness to sell out. Rumors are swirling that he is illegally holding two jobs: one as a county commissioner and another with the Florida Department of Transportation. This not only raises legal questions but also ethical ones. It seems Drake is perpetually for sale to the highest bidder.

The Waste Management Opportunity

Here's where it gets even more interesting. There's a coveted job in the private sector that's right up Drake's alley: the Governmental Relations Director for Waste Management. Waste Management, a company with a reputation for shady dealings and rumored mafia connections, seems like the perfect fit for someone like Drake. This position has previously been held by former county administrators Larry Jones and Ronnie Bell. With Bell's recent passing, the job is now open, and Drake is reportedly eyeing it.

The Smell of Corruption

Drake recently took government action to extend Waste Management's contract without putting it out to bid. While not technically illegal, it certainly reeks of corruption. If he takes the job with Waste Management after this, it will be hard to explain away. This move would make him the poster boy for corruption, further tarnishing his already shaky reputation.

The Dilemma

So, here's Drake's dilemma: if he runs, he will face intense scrutiny and be forced to answer tough questions about his actions and alliances. The public has every right to demand answers, and Drake will be unable to dodge these inquiries. On the other hand, running could jeopardize his chance at the Waste Management job. If he loses the election, he's finished. No one will want to associate with him, let alone hire him.

The Public's Right to Know

Let's not forget that as a public figure, Drake's actions are subject to public scrutiny. One citizen aptly described their experience after a BCC meeting: "I have to go home and take a shower after listening to Brad Drake grandstand. Just being in the same room with his corrupt, sleazy rhetoric makes me feel dirty." This sentiment is echoed by many who have had the misfortune of witnessing Drake's antics firsthand.

The Clock is Ticking

Brad Drake has until noon this Friday to make his decision. Does he want to be the poster boy of corruption, or does he want to quietly ride off into the sunset and take the Waste Management job? If he chooses to run, he better be prepared to face the music. The citizens of Walton County deserve better than a sellout who makes corrupt deals from the dais in public meetings.

The Consequences

If Drake stays on the ballot, he will be the talk of the town for all the wrong reasons. He will be forced to answer questions about his shady dealings and alliances. If he loses, his reputation will be irreparably damaged. In the words of one local, "Brad Drake does not have a snowball's chance in hell to win on August 20th."

The Final Countdown

So, Brad, the choice is yours until June 14th. After that, it's the voters' choice on August 20th. Think long and hard about what you want your legacy to be. Will you be remembered as the man who sold out Walton County, or will you bow out gracefully and let someone else lead? The future of Walton County is at stake, and your decision will have lasting consequences.

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