Who are they?
In the transcript of an audio recording of a discussion between Tallahassee businessman JT Burnette and several undercover FBI agents, Burnette, who is discussing the ins and outs of getting things done in Tallahassee, indicates that two city commissioners were not for sale.
The discussion took place on September 21, 2016.
JT Burnette states:
You’re not going to buy REDACTED . You’re really not going to buy REDACTED either. .. Right? You’re only going to convince them on the merits of what you’re doing.
At the time of the recording, September 21, 2016, the elected officials sitting on the city commission were Mayor Andrew Gillum and City Commissioners Scott Maddox, Nancy Miller, Gill Ziffer and Curtis Richardson.
The transcript also indicates that at least two city commissioners are on the take. This includes Scott Maddox and an unnamed city commissioner or commissioners.
Explaining the process of getting three votes, JT Burnette and the undercover agent discuss who could deliver who.
JT Burnette: You only need three.
Undercover Agent: And, and REDACTED and REDACTED could deliver REDACTED, if necessary.
JT Burnette: But you don’t need it, you got three.
Also, in a discussion where JT Burnette explains to an undercover agent it is easier to sway the Tallahassee City Commission than the Community Redevlopment Agency (CRA), the discussion alludes to having commissioners “in your pocket.”
Undercover Agent: Well, especially if you’ve got Maddox in your pocket, that’s —
JT Burnette E: Yeah.
Undercover Agent: And REDACTED
JT Burnette : Correct.
Undercover Agent : It’s a done deal.
JT Burnette : It’s pretty much a done deal.
The release of the transcript accompanied a government response to a motion by Burnette’s legal team seeking the dismissal of all charges against him.