“Chaz Stevens? The acerbic South Florida activist who draws juvenile cartoons of his targets and laces his public records requests with profanity. What harm could he do?”
I’m guessing that thought ironically crossed former Broward Democratic Committeeman Nick Steffens mind as he sat in Broward County jail last night, arrested for four counts of grand theft, after complaints filed by Stevens.
Internationally known for forcing Florida to allow him to place a Festivus pole in the Florida Capitol rotunda, Stevens’ tactics are abrasive, juvenile, rude, and effective. He’s brash, boastful, and self promoting, like a political Mohammad Ali, and he openly telegraphs his every move on his blog: myactsofsedition.com
But he doesn’t sting like a bee, he stings like a hornet: Again and again and again and again.
We reported two weeks ago about the position he put some panhandle politicians into. Since then he’s gained national attention. This week he’s sent a fresh batch of letters to counties around Florida asking to perform a Satanic invocation prior to their meetings: Sarasota, Okaloosa School Board, Bay, Duval/Jacksonville, and Lake.
“It’s Satan or Silence Statewide!” said Stevens via email. “I will sue anybody who tries to deny my civil rights.”
Stevens pointed me to Florida’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1998, which is similar to the “conscience” legislation being pushed by conservatives nationwide.
“The prevailing plaintiff in any action or proceeding to enforce a provision of this act is entitled to reasonable attorney’s fees and costs to be paid by the government,” reads section 761.04, Florida Statute, giving the activist an almost unlimited legal budget to pursue his activism across the State.
It’s classic Chaz, a left wing liberal that relishes in turning the tables on conservatives. But his biggest pet peeve is hypocrisy and corruption.
“Corruption and oppression knows no party, and I will be there to fight it,” confidently wrote Stevens in his trademark self-promotional style. “Lookout, Florida!”
Campaign consultants and political committees across Florida have previously showcased his work on mailers and in TV ads. With campaign season rapidly approaching, Stevens cornered a whole slew of ambitious politicians in a no-win situation:
- Let Chaz and his “Church of Satan” give his invocation to the devil.
- End the invocation for good. That means forever…
- Frivolously spend taxpayer dollars fighting a sure-to-be-lost battle in court.
The choice is yours. Consultants across the state are watching…waiting for their next mailer.