UPDATE: Environmental Coalition Rallies Against Scott Maxwell: Maxwell Responds to Allegations of Racism
When asked about the the coalition's allegations, Maxwell said, "Is there a way to answer this question? It's like the old 'When did you stop beating your wife?' routine? Referring to his alleged association with Stormfront, he said, "I would never knowingly associate with that type of organization. I'm saddened and disappointed that the issues important to the neighborhood are being swept away because those folks choose to talk about something that I have never for a moment brought up in this campaign."
|Jennings confers with Liftman at PBCEC rally.|
The prepared speeches from the coalition were regularly interrupted by Lindsey, who ran for and lost the District 2 commission seat last year, wielding a megaphone and chanting "Hey hey ho ho, Cara Jennings has got to go!" The reference was to Lake Worth Commissioner Cara Jennings, long a thorn in the side of right-wing neighborhood activists.
|Greg Rice with Maxwell supporters|
Coalition supporters who turned out included commissioners Jennings and Suzanne Mulvehill and staff assistant to Congressman Alcee Hastings Dan Liftman. The roster of speakers included Allen Hendricks of Equality Florida and Genia Guerand, a PBCC student of political science.
|Lindsey: the woman behind the bullhorn|
"In Lake Worth, we value ourselves for being diverse," she said. When asked, Guerand admitted to the Juice that she had in fact never listened to Maxwell's radio program or looked at his website.
Organizers pointed to the fact that Maxwell had shut down his website as proof that he had something to hide from voters. But Maxwell told the Juice that the reason his website was shut down was because it had been repeatedly hacked into, to the point where even he was unable to use it. As for his radio show, he said, he stopped broadcasting when his opponent, Ron Exline, asked him to. "Ron thought that my having my own radio platform was an unfair advantage," Maxwell said. "So out of consideration for his views, I've stopped broadcasting."