The following opinion was submitted to the Gainesville Sun by Debbie Martinez . Even though they printed the opinion a significant paragraph was edited out. Here is the complete letter to the editor as originally intended:
Betrayal of Trust - by Debbie Martinez
Democratic Executive Committee Chair Robert Prather, Vice Chair Evelyn Fox, State Committeeman Terry Fleming and State Committee woman Jeanna Mastrodicasa sent a letter requesting to pull the charter of the Alachua County Democratic Black Caucus.
This is part of a larger betrayal of public trust. The Gainesville City Commission majority stood by, allowed and encouraged leaders of their private club to attempt to silence real Democrats, most particularly members of the black caucus.
It is because they have spoken out about the injustice of the overpriced biomass contract and voted for candidates who support their interests, when some of the majority on the commission will not. Fortunately, their club's disgraceful effort to force members of the black caucus to shut up and stay in their place has failed. Their patriotic courage gives all voters an example to follow.