Mike Rahn’s ex-wife endorses him after mailer asserts he’s a delinquent dad

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A political committee put out mailers attacking his finances.

A committee backing Manatee County Commissioner Misty Servia attacked her GOP Primary opponent over alimony and child support. But Mike Rahn’s ex-wife said he always honored his commitments as a father — and even endorsed his candidacy.

“Although our marriage did not work out, I respect Mike and I appreciate the way he has fathered our children,” said ex-wife Sharon Jobe. “I would vote for Mike and encourage everyone in Manatee who can to do the same.”

Citizens for Clean Government sent a mailer out headlined “Mike Rahn is wrong for Manatee” before diving into his financial matters. It cites a tax lien in Sarasota and another lien tied to a contractor dispute.

But the most personal attack parses Rahn’s divorce filings and asserts Rahn “tried to dodge paying spousal support.”

“Despite making 4x the money his wife made, Mike Rahn claimed he couldn’t afford to pay support to the mother of his children,” the mailer states. “Ultimately, Rahn was ordered to pay.”

But Rahn’s campaign punched back and actually contacted his ex. Anthony Pedicini posted a video communication disputing the allegations.

“Our divorce is being used to defame my ex-husband,” she said. “Misty Servia, take down your ad. It is a lie and a low blow. Mike is a wonderful father and never tried to shirk his responsibilities or reduce his support payments.”

Rahn and Jobe began divorce proceedings in Manatee County in 1997.

Servia, asked for comment, pointed to court filings which, in addition to confirming Rahn’s and Jobe’s incomes at the time, showed Rahn argued against a need to pay alimony. Rahn at the time worked at SunTrust and had an income of $100,000. As an office manager at an elementary school, Jobe earned $25,000.

A judge in 1998 ultimately ruled Rahn should pay just over $1,500 a month.

But importantly, the money was specifically ordered for child support for the couple’s two children. The order makes clear payments should stop when the children reach adulthood.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected]


3 comments

  • Just a comment

    August 2, 2022 at 12:03 pm

    Yep keeping those children off of the welfare system was the recommendation. 25 thousand after taxes brings free school lunches.

    Reply

  • Annoyed Manatee Resident

    August 2, 2022 at 4:51 pm

    Servia never claimed Rahn was delinquent. Your headline is inaccurate. How about, “Ex-Wife Endorses Rahn Despite Court Documents Confirming Claims by Servia.”
    Every time Anthony Pedicini does something you write a story about it. The relationship between Pedicini and Florida Politics is ridiculous. Rename your rag PediciniPolitics.

    Reply

    • Pancho Villar

      August 3, 2022 at 8:18 am

      Annoyed, I think you’re onto something.

      Reply

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