Olszewski's Bid For Orange County Commission A Long Time Coming
September 3, 2015
For the better part of six-months, political circles have been buzzing about a probable Olszewski campaign to fill the seat of termed out Orange County Commissioner Scott Boyd in District 1. Back in January, Betsy VanderLey, a political consultant and member of the Planning & Zoning Board for Orange County, was the first credible candidate to formally file paperwork and start campaigning. VanderLey, a longtime ally of Boyd, has benefited from that proximity and netted an impressive first month of fundraising.
However, after revelations of a potential violation of county law, VanderLey faced a slew of negative press and was the subject of an ethics complaint. The complaint alleged that Vanderlay violated Sunshine Laws, by communicating with powerful land developers about matters that were appearing before the Planning & Zoning board. Following a nearly $35,000.00 fundraising haul in the first month, her contributions plummeted to under $5,000.00 for the second month. Structural support from Boyd and other West Orange donors and power-brokers seemed to fizzle.
Now, with VanderLey's campaign in political purgatory, Winter Garden Commissioner Bobby "O", saw his opening. Olszewski, who was never supposed to win his campaign to become a commissioner in Winter Garden. Dr. Olszewski is an aggressive campaigner and high-energy retail politicker....read more