A second day brings a second shock with the resignation of Jen Gottlieb.

I’ve known Jen for a very long time and she’s gotten little more than innuendo and rumors since she was elected to the School Board.

While the Pulp Monster “exposed” Jen’s supposed affair with Rick Patterson, a banker in Tampa, I have to wonder exactly how convenient those e-mails really were.

I don’t know if she did or didn’t engage in the affair and the only way to know for sure is to trace the validity of the documents themselves.

And if they weren’t from Jen’s public record e-mail accounts then I would question them to no end.

Believe me, I or anyone else who’s computer savvy can take a collection of e-mails and doctor them to say anything, making the existence of public record key to the question.

For all I know, the Pulp Monster got the e-mails from the banker’s wife who was looking for divorce proceedings.

Here’s an example of the e-mail headers as displayed in Norman’s article:

—–Original Message—–
From: “Patterson, Rick W”
Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2007 15:10:57
To: <JenJenGottlieb@aol.com>
Subject: Re: hello

—–Original Message—–
From: Jen
Sent: Tuesday, June 26, 2007 3:27 PM
To: Patterson, Rick W [CMB-MSDB]
Subject: Re: hello

Pardon me, but I don’t see a qualitatively verifiable source of public record in any of the e-mails.

Of course my allegation of those e-mails being phonies doesn’t make it so, but without accountable public records, we’ll never know for sure.

If Jen did have the affair it would have been a dumb move for sure, but that wouldn’t have made her a bad School Board member any more than Bill Clinton’s numerous affairs made him a bad President.

Now let’s explore Beachside Montessouri, a school that nobody supposedly wanted.

Of course the grand jury never heard all the evidence and we know it for a fact.

Had they conducted a real investigation, they would have known who started the project, and it wasn’t Jen at all, but the District 1 Board member at the time, the late Carole Andrews.

Yet the grand jury report specifically points out the “fact” that nobody knew who initiated the project.

Okay, let me level the charge directly: Staff knew it, but somebody had something to hide during the “investigation.”

Better yet; somebody had an agenda.

We already know that staff witnesses hid critical evidence from the grand jury

The very same facilities “witnesses” intentionally hid the fact that some of their own co-workers had left the district for cushy jobs with the very builders who stood accused of playing hanky panky with public funds for “unnecessary” construction.

And those “witnesses” never once mentioned to the grand jury (or the grand jury never reported) that the voting ballots presented to the Board were loaded in favor of those same builders.

But you never read it anywhere but here, and not once has anybody on any blog or news media offered evidence to the contrary.

Why?  Because they can’t.

When the original Beachside project was initiated, in fact, it wasn’t unneeded at all, despite what some bloggers wanted you and the grand jury to believe.

Carole Andrews locked in the school at a time when the school district was critically overcrowded and needed every seat possible.

Jen took the project to heart long after it was underway and after the school population began its decline.

What she really did was to convert the school from a standard elementary school to a K through 8 magnet school.

Sorry critics, but parents must register their children in magnet schools regardless of the local boundaries.

Magnet schools have no boundaries or required local attendance.

Yet, you’ll read that the schools surrounding Beachside are under enrolled, but you won’t read that Beachside has a waiting list.

But like usual, the serial complainers never seem to publish the whole story.

Now back to Jennifer.

I don’t know what sparked her need to exit the Board and I won’t speculate.

But the very same bloggers and accusers who missed the boat on the truth of the investigations now have Jen as being under investigation.

I have two words: “PROVE IT.”

So far, the allegations empty ones.

Buddy Nevins was right:  No one ever said on their death bed, “Oh, I should have spent more time working.”

Jen, the serial complainers won’t miss you on the Board, but I will.

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