Leon County Commissioner Nick Maddox has remained quiet about a vulgar text message aimed at him during a recent Blueprint meeting – until now.
Maddox addresses the text sent by Max Herrle – which referred to him as a “dumb little bastard” – as “racist on its face”.
He also addressed the lack of a response by Leon County Commissioner Kristin Dozier – one of the recipients of the text – as “telling and hurtful.”
The text message occurred during the meeting addressing the funding for the Doak Campbell renovations, which Maddox supported. Maddox noted the vote was to finance not only the FSU stadium project, but a total of nine major projects countywide worth $117 million.
Maddox also addresses the divide among elected leaders that has become more defined over the last two years.
Maddox says, “the bigger picture is becoming harder and more potentially dangerous for our community to ignore. It’s a shift from a responsible and collegial North Florida brand of democratic politics to a more extreme liberal progressive agenda ushered in by mostly younger (millennial), white elected officials, and their supporters.”
Maddox continued, “this new brand of progressives who want to occupy and take over City Hall are proud to be educated on racial injustice but want to tell Black elected officials how to vote or explain to us the impact of our votes on the people we represent.”
While he does not name the progressive leaders, it is clear he is referring to City Commissioners Jack Porter, Jeremy Matlow and County Commissioner Kristin Dozier.
Maddox also takes the time to point out that Herrle – who is Jack Porter’s boyfriend – says he is not a lobbyist, but that text messages sent during the Blueprint meeting indicates otherwise.
Maddox noted, Herrle “sent additional texts to the same commissioners imploring them to ‘stay until the end of the meeting’ – when City Commissioner Jack Porter, would make a motion to re-evaluate the organizational structure of the Blueprint program.”
Herrle has worked on the campaigns of Leon County Commissioner Brian Welch, City Commissioner Jack Porter, and City Commissioner Jeremy Matlow.
Maddox is running for reelection this cycle and faces five challengers.