Rather, lawyer Andrew D. Reder told Power – an Oldsmar retirement plan consultant – that ex-wife Murielle Fournier is in fact legally entitled to “$87,904 plus statutory interest,” noting she “is simply seeking to collect the past due amount you are court-ordered to pay.”
What’s more, Reder said in the letter that “in light of the approximate $74,000 you have recently donated and loaned to your political campaign for the Florida House of Representatives, your braggadocios claims of being a ‘successful business owner,’ and your pledge to donate 100 percent of your salary if elected, your ability to pay Ms. Fournier is clear and evident.”
Their divorce case, first filed in 2008, has been called “the divorce from hell” by the Tampa Bay Times, spawning a nearly 6,000-word story by one of that paper’s Pulitzer Prize winners.
Power has gone on the record refusing to talk to Florida Politics, saying “I’ll be litigating the matter in court, not in the media.” Fournier declined comment, referring questions to Reder, who also declined to comment.
Power has tweeted about “Florida’s outdated alimony laws,” saying he “can’t ever marry my fiancee of eight years … My alimony obligation would increase by $3,000 a month if I did!”
Reder quoted from the 2012 “final judgment” in the matter, which said Power paid Fournier only “$100 for alimony in December 2010, and … has not paid anything since. The Court finds that the past due alimony is $87,904. At the final hearing, the Husband did not contest this amount…”
He added that Power’s “willful failure to pay and intentional divestiture of assets is a contemptuous violation of the Court’s Final Judgment evincing your blatant disregard for Florida law and our judicial system.” Fournier has a contempt motion pending against Power.
Power is challenging incumbent state Rep. Jamie Grant in the Republican primary for the seat, which covers northwest Hillsborough County and a slice of eastern Pinellas County. The area leans heavily Republican.