Angela Corey announces two Jax mayoral endorsements, revamped leadership team

Angela Corey

As Monday began, the press shop of 4th Circuit State Attorney Angela Corey sprung into action, announcing endorsements from two Jacksonville mayors, and a new campaign leadership team, as the old one has been cleared out.

John Delaney and John Peyton, two former mayors, endorsed Corey officially on Monday.

“I wholeheartedly support and endorse Angela Corey,” said Delaney, a former supervisor of Corey in the SAO. “I know her heart and her faith. She is a kind, loving, decent person.” He went on to say that state attorneys should not be politicians. “You want someone who makes decisions on the law and on what is right, regardless of the political consequences, and that is Angela Corey.”

Peyton added his endorsment, saying, “Angela Corey works tirelessly to seek justice for victims and families. We value her unwavering commitment to taking violent criminals off the streets and holding them accountable.”

Meanwhile, Corey’s campaign leadership team was reshuffled, with moves announced right around the time the trial regarding the legitimacy of write-in candidate Kenny Leigh, whose paperwork was filed by Corey’s previous campaign manager, had a hearing.

Adam Goodman, The Victory Group’s principal director, writer and strategist who has worked for Attorney General Pam Bondi, Congressman Ander Crenshaw, Sen. Aaron Bean, Sen. Rob Bradley, and Sen. Travis Hutson, is on as a strategist.

Joining Goodman are William Arnold and Cathleen Murphy.

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We reported earlier this month that Alexander Pantinakis, the former campaign manager for the re-election effort of 4th Circuit State Attorney Angela Corey, left the campaign.

Pantinakis is still in the news relative to this effort, as there currently is a court hearing regarding a case designed to invalidate the questionable write-in candidacy of Kenny Leigh and re-open the State Attorney race to all voters, rather than just Republicans.

Pantinakis filed the paperwork in Tallahassee of Leigh, a Clay County divorce lawyer. He claimed that he filed the paperwork in his capacity as a committeeman representing the Duval County Republican Party.

Some have wondered about whether Matt Justice, a consultant who is close friends with Leigh and thought by some to have orchestrated Leigh’s candidacy, is still with the Corey campaign.

Justice is not with the campaign, said spokeswoman Cathleen Murphy

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


One comment

  • M.

    June 13, 2016 at 11:14 am

    Angela Corey plays favorites and refuses to investigate her pet detectives and their families.

    Check out Duval County case 2014-CA-007716, Gilbreath (Kerry Dale) v. Teresa Watson.

    Watson is Gilbreath’s sister-in-law.

    Gilbreath is Angela Corey’s favorite and primary detective.

    The case resulted from a situation where Watson refused to participate or condone the actions of Gilbreath’s wife, Denise Watson, (a former State’s Attorney Prosecutor and current family lawyer), when Denise attempted to bribe Teresa to not object when Denise took papers turning over their mothers significant property holdings in Georgia – to Denise – for their mother to sign while their mother was under heavy narcotics, in a nursing/physical rehabilitation facility.

    When Teresa Watson attempted to stop Denise Watson, Denise Watson demanded verbally that Teresa vacate the apartment owned by Detective Gilbreath. Days later, Detective Gilbreath texted Teresa Watson demanding the same, and then filed a law suit for eviction.

    The November 12, 2014 Defendant’s Answer and Counterclaim – quoting the text communications between Teresa Watson and Gilbreath, and Teresa Watson and her sister – are locked to the public because of the illegal activity detailed by Defendant against Detective Gilbreath and his wife, Denise Watson.
    However, Defendant’s 11-17-14 and 11-24-14 Affidavits in Support of are only secured such that a request must be submitted to obtain copies.

    Teresa Watson even offered, then attempted to have the texts subpoenaed from APPLE in Cupertino, California, to validate the texts which trace the alleged criminal activity by Gilbreath and his wife, but Judge Virginia Norton refused to authorize.

    However, in Judge Virginia Norton’s 3-13-2014 ORDER on Motions, she iterated that she was referring this to the States’ Attorney’s Office.

    Over and over again, through the months of hearings, Judge Norton chided Detective Gilbreath and his attorney, Michael Price, for their having brought the case to that level of court, instead of where evictions are generally filed.

    Assuming that Judge Norton carried out her referral, Angela Corey should have recused her office from any investigation, and it should have been referred to another jurisdiction.

    It was not.

    Teresa Watson has maintained her 904 area code phone number, in order to preserve the texts.

    In closing, Teresa Watson stressed to me, in my conversation a week ago, that she was a long time fan of Corey’s for her courage in prosecuting George Zimmerman. But she became disillusioned with the office after her experience with her brother-in-law, and since moving from Jacksonville, she does not keep up with it’s politics. She also stressed to me that when she was defending herself and searching the Duval County Clerk of Court website, she found numerous evictions actions of a Teresa Watson, through the years. She insists that those are not her cases, and that she never lived in Duval County until 2013, when she moved into Detective Gilbreath’s apartment.

    M.

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