I consider myself fortunate that I was never the target of one of Manatee County School Board member Dave Miner's public degradation campaigns during my nearly two-year tenure as a senior leader at the school district.
However, imagine how surprised I was last week when I received two phone calls -- one from a media member -- that Miner released one of my personal email messages to his targeted media list. I sent the email message to the district's staff attorney, Mitch Teitelbaum, and it dealt with an issue I had about the pending sale of my home after I relocated to the Washington, D.C. area.
This message had absolutely nothing to do with school district business and therefore should not have been released in the first place by the district in its response to Miner's original public records request, never mind his subsequent forwarding of it to the media.
During this past Tuesday's school board meeting, Miner continued his personal attack on Teitelbaum. His conduct was true to his character until he discussed the email I sent to Teitelbaum about the sale of my Bradenton home. Miner publicly announced to those in attendance and watching on television some private financial details on the sale of my home, which was nothing less than an invasion of my privacy and did nothing but embarrass me and my family.
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Being a true leader and a person with integrity should come hand in hand with being elected as a public official. However, the sign of a true leader is to do the right thing when nobody is looking.
Having personal integrity would have meant disregarding personal information when it was erroneously sent that had nothing to do with the Miner's campaign against Teitelbaum. Mr. Miner only has to look in the mirror to see that he has failed in both character traits.