It is one thing when a Republican leader calls for a Democratic mayor to resign, but quite another when a long-time Democrat party leader asks a Democratic mayor to resign.
Jon Ausman, who chaired the Leon Democrat Executive Committee for 20 years and was the longest-serving member of the Democratic National Committee in Florida history, posted a comment on Facebook calling for the resignation of Tallahassee City Manager Rick Fernandez and Mayor Andrew Gillum.
Ausman said, “For 22+ years I worked at the FDOT. I never forgot that the public owned: the desk I used; the desk’s contents; the computer assigned to me; and, the computer’s contents. Mr. Fernandez appears to have disgraced himself by forgetting this fact. He should now resign.”
With regards to Mayor Gillum, Ausman said:
The Mayor also forgot this fact. His staff willfully mislead the public about his NYC trip and his staff has yet to be disciplined. I doubt he will discipline the City Manager.
The Mayor also apparently forgot he has served 14 years in office and Tallahassee has had the highest crime rate in Florida for the last three years. He is directly responsible for allowing such to happen on his watch. If he wants to run for Governor he should resign his office now so we can have a full time Mayor addressing the City’s needs.
The comment was posted on a Tallahassee Democrat opinion piece questioning City Manager Rick Fernandez’s truthfulness and the city’s handling of public records requests.