It was a fantastic rally, and the speakers at Open to the Public did a superb job. The message was delivered not only to Robinson, but to the other four commissioners as well....they who sit like the three hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil monkeys. Why are they silent? One speaker told them it is not as though they are musketeers, having to circle around one of "theirs". So when will they take a position? The time has come...we will not accept their corrupt behavior any longer.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 4:49 p.m.
SARASOTA - They symbolically wore two hats, sported political gear from both major parties and spent their warm lunch break to protest what they dubbed a flagrant conflict of interest by a Sarasota County commissioner.
More than 100 area residents picketed the Sarasota County Administration Center for a rally Wednesday urging Commissioner Christine Robinson to resign from either her elected seat or the job she accepted in November to lead the Argus Foundation, a pro-business and development group.
Calling themselves Integrity 2016, the assembly waived colorful signs that read “You are Conflicted,” “Robinson Resign” and “Do the Right Thing,” as they solicited honks from motorists along the busy downtown corridor.
SARASOTA COUNTY, FLA Dozens of Sarasota County taxpayers are calling for the resignation of Commissioner Christine Robinson. They call it a serious conflict of interest that she's accepted a side-job as Executive Director of a pro-business group called the Argus Foundation.
Sarasota County Attorney Stephen DeMarsh declining to answer a reporter's questions.
SARASOTA COUNTY, FLA One day after one of the largest rally of it's kind in years in Sarasota County, protesters remain clear that Commissioner Christine Robinson shouldn't also be Executive Director of the Argus Foundation.
"It's illegal. You can't be a lobbyist as well as a public official at the same time. That's what she's doing, so we're saying step down from one or the other, you choose," said one of the rally organizers, Cathy Antunes.
But Commissioner Robinson says that's not going to happen.
"I don't have any plans to resign. What I do outside my commission work only helps my commission work," Robinson said.
The Republican Party of Sarasota (RPOS) is proud to have Commissioner Christine Robinson as a County Commissioner. She has served Sarasota well and we find no conflict between her role as Commissioner and as Argus ED. She has been one of the most Conservative County Commissioners Sarasota County has ever had and is to be thanked for her service. She has worked to reduce the burden on tax payers by holding spending and refusing to raise taxes.