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by Dara Kam | February 24th, 2010

The flame war between GOP operative Michael Caputo and Sen. Paula Dockery (and her campaign for governor) over a Tea Party schism got hotter last night.

Caputo, who’s involved in a federal lawsuit a bunch of Tea Party activists filed against Orlando political gadfly Doug Guetzloe and his brand of Tea Partiers, and Dockery exchanged a rash of e-mails yesterday peppered with questions about their links to Guetzloe in the spirit of “Will the real Tea Party people please stand up?”

Caputo says he is not being paid by Attorney General Bill McCollum, Dockery’s GOP primary opponent in the governor’s race.

Yesterday evening, Dockery’s campaign spokeswoman Rosemary Goudreau fired off a missive to Caputo responding to his request that the Lakeland Republican demand that Guetzloe “disband (his Tea Party) immediately” and promising the support of the true Tea Party activists in return.

Goudreau sent the following message to Caputo and the media at 9:12 p.m. last night:

“Mr. Caputo:
Just as the gubernatorial campaign is not your fight, neither is your lawsuit Sen. Dockery’s fight.

The senator welcomes the support of Doug Guetzloe and any other Republican who is tired of over-the-top government spending and Wall Street hand-outs like those endorsed by her opponent.

If you’re asking Sen. Dockery to pick one group of disaffected Republicans over another, she would only say that we must work together if we’re going to change the Tallahassee culture of excessive spending.

Sen. Dockery is the true fiscal conservative in this race, a principled fighter who will do what’s necessary to get our economy – and our business community – growing again.

In this, the greater good, she would welcome your support, too.”

That really irked Caputo, who was involved in one of the state Senate’s nastiest campaigns several years ago against Dockery pal Alex Villalobos,R-Miami.

Caputo said Dockery’s unwillingness to insert herself into the Tea Party brew-ha-ha would “come back to haunt her.”

Here’s his response, received at 11:34 p.m.:

“Ms. Goudreau:

Thank you for your email but you answer is not sufficient. It was Sen. Dockery who volunteered to answer our questions; now it is her assistant that sends the clear message that she has changed her mind.
This is especially disappointing since my email answered every single one of her entreaties.
In my response I provided the proof of her longtime relationship with the controversial consultant Doug Guetzloe, a consultant cashiered from the GOP and sentenced to 60 days in jail for his scams. Now she
dispatches you to send us away.
Her refusal to answer after offering to do so speaks volumes. We’ll be certain to share her unwillingness to reply with our membership across the state of Florida. And we’ll get our answers in discovery.

Make no mistake: her refusal to condemn the third party founded by her supporters will return to haunt her.

Sen. Dockery wanted the attention of Florida’s authentic Tea Party activists and organizations. Nows she’s certainly got it – but not in the way she had hoped.

Michael Caputo
on behalf of the plaintiffs
South Florida Tea Party v. Guetzloe”

Enter Doug Guetzloe, Caputo’s target.

Here’s his offering in the game. Guetzloe says Dockery has nothing to do with the Tea Party and starts off with this challenge:

“My Dad always told me to never get into a fight with a moron because folks watching won’t be able to tell which one is the idiot,” Guetzloe’s lengthy e-mail received at 8:41 a.m. this morning began.

Read the rest after the jump.

Here’s the rest of Doug Guetzloe’s e-mail regarding the Tea Party antics:

“Unfortunately, the level of misrepresentation; character assassination and outright lies has reached the level of mandating a response to the McCollum/Caputo/Wilkinson/McClellan cabal dirty tricks campaign.

Specifically, Mr. Caputo has misrepresented nearly everything in his shrill attempt to gain some traction on a poorly written-bogus lawsuit that was filed by him and his “clients.” The lawsuit that was filed in Federal Court against the legally registered “Florida Tea Party;” it’s founder, Frederic O’Neal and Nicholas Egoroff, is a bogus attempt to generate publicity against Senator Paula Dockery in her bid for Governor. I am not an officer or founder of the Florida Tea Party and I’m not even a party to the lawsuit since I was never served. Caputo and team also deliberately misspelled my name on the suit so they would not have to deal with the ramifications of malicious process and legal sanctions. Clever guys.

Mr. O’Neal has filed a motion to dismiss and a motion for legal sanctions that will most likely result in a judgment against Caputo and company for over $20,000 in sanctions for filing a bogus lawsuit in Federal court.


1) I have donated professional services to the Florida Tea Party. My company designed the logo and the website at the request of Mr. O’Neal. I remain a Republican and will continue my battles to reform the GOP.

2) I was one of the first casualties of the Jim Greer “party purge” for opposing his efforts to declare Crist and McCollum the nominees of the Party prior to the primary and for calling for a full forensic audit of RPOF over 10 months ago. I’m proud of the fact that Nick Egoroff and I led the opposition to Greer before it was popular. Newly elected Chairman Thrasher has pledged to review and correct the situation.

3) Last May, I began a Draft Paula Dockery for Governor effort on my own volition and without any compensation or even any discussion with Senator Dockery. Given Bill McCollum’s propensity to increased taxes; his support of the SunRail boondoggle; his support of Jim Greer and his pro-spending record in congress; McCollum is an unacceptable choice for a Republican nominee for Governor. Contrast that record with Senator Dockery’s record of fighting the SunRail boondoggle successfully for several years, it was an easy effort to establish. I have received no compensation at all for this effort. I asked Nick Egoroff to establish a FaceBook page and a website for the cause. To our surprise, it was successful as thousands of taxpayers signed up to Draft Dockery. Since Paula decided to run, Nick and I have been volunteers for her campaign and we are not involved in any aspect of “running the campaign” nor have we received any compensation at all.

4) Caputo incorrectly refers to the legal battle that I was embroiled in four years ago concerning the lack of a political disclaimer on a police report that was distributed in a campaign. Caputo conveniently leaves out the facts that the “sentence” for that “crime” (I still remain the only person in Florida charged criminally with the lack of a disclaimer on a flyer) was thrown out by the 5th District Court of Appeal – there is no “sentence.” It was absurd on it’s face and the court threw it out. The 5DCA also threw out 13 of 14 charges and left one standing. The last misdemeanor was effectively thrown out when Federal District Court Judge Stephen Mickle declared the law that I was charged under to be an “unconstitutional infringement of free speech” and removed the statute from the books and enjoined the State of Florida from enforcing the statute permanently.

5) As for being maliciously attacked on a regular basis with unfounded allegations – I have been unfairly accused of unsubstantiated and unproven activities by political opponents for years. Unfortunately, the Orlando Sentinel has been a political opponent of my successful Ax the Tax efforts for nearly 30 years. I am currently suing the Sentinel (and WKMG Local 6TV) for libel. Once the Sentinel is out of Chapter 11 Bankruptcy we will renew that suit where we left off before the Chicago Tribune got a stay from bankruptcy court on all legal claims.

6) Finally, Senator Dockery has nothing to do with the organization or establishment of the Florida Tea Party. I’ve never even discussed that entity with her. I, like Senator Dockery, remain committed to restoring the Republican Party to a viable conservative force in Florida politics. Caputo and gang have cleverly taken 2+2 and come up with 22. Caputo’s allegations are untrue and cleverly manufactured to lead the media in an effort to discredit Senator Dockery and to-unsuccessfully-drive a wedge between Senator Dockery and her thousands of anti-tax grassroots supporters and tea party activists that we have generated for her campaign.”

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10 Responses to “More Tea Party brew-ha-ha”

  1. Pete Parker Says:

    Nice try Fat Boy. You are being measure for an orange jump suit right now, and you know it. Your sentence is still alive and your attempt to dismiss it has failed. Court records prove it, if any reporter takes the time to check.

    Unsatisfied with your failed legal work, you moved to discredit our prosecutor and the judge. Both moves failed and made you look like a fool.

    You are going to jail for breaking the law. That’s a fact. Another fact: any politician who sidles up to you is muddied with your dirty reputation. That includes Paula Dockery, who is either cowed by your reputation for turning on your friends or fooled by your lies about your own crimes.

    Doug Guetzloe: Prisoner #1234567. Prison jumpsuit manufactured by the good people at Ivan the Tentmaker.

  2. Plaintiff Says:

    In fact, O’Neal’s motion to dismiss was tossed out by Judge Marra on 2-18 when the complaint was amended to include 34 authentic Tea Party activists and groups as plaintiffs.

    Good thing. The motion had to be written by a first year law student, it was so poorly done. Guetzloe needs a real lawyer.

    As for his jail sentence, I have to believe Guetzloe is lying about that, too. Guetzloe needs to get his facts straight – or reporters have to start checking up on his blather.

  3. Wowza Says:

    Seems like this Caputo guy is a giant windbag. Anyone else reading his response feel the slime dripping off of it?

  4. The Judge Says:

    I usually don’t get involved in these political pissing contests but the legal reference made it more interesting.
    Hopefully “Pete” and “Plaintiff” (probably the same joker) can read. If Pete can read, he can check out the actual 5th DCA opinion on the Guetzloe case here:

    Guetzloe actually became part of only 4% who get criminal convictions overturned at the appellate level.
    The 5th DCA clearly struck the sentence which included 60 days in work release; $8,500 in fines and three years on probation.
    There is no jail sentence and since Judge Mickel (2nd Federal District of Florida) declared the law unconstitutional that Guetzloe was charged with, there is no “re-sentencing” since there is no law.
    I also looked at the case file on the federal lawsuit and the motion to dismiss was denied due to the new filings. O’Neal was given court approval to file a new motion to dismiss based on the supplemental filing.
    I also reviewed the Caputo filing… interesting to say the least. Absolutely no basis in law at all.
    This case will undoubtably be dismissed within the next several months.
    Federal courts take a long time.

  5. BrowardGOP Says:

    “Pete” is the persona for Tim McClellan. He is a legend in his own mind. He has no candidate clients and has incorrectly stated that he worked for our party organization.
    He’s a member of our REC but he’s nothing but a blowhard.

  6. Palm912 Says:

    Doug Guetzloe has such a record fighting tax increases I have a real hard time believing anything this paid hack has to say. I’ve never heard of Mr. Caputo and who appointed him to speak for any tea party or 912 groups?
    Sounds like exactly the type of sleazy apparatchik we oppose.

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  8. People Power Hour Says:

    It’s obvious that this Caputo freak is a pretender who has somehow convinced Ira McCollum that he is an expert operative well-versed in political dirty tricks and skull-duggery; yet his actions reveal his only experience seems to be sucking up to establishment types and hoping for a few crumbs. What a loser….

  9. James Says:

    Docker proves she is not a Sansom Greer , Crist, Mccollum Thrasher type insider. Good For her!!

  10. Oswaldo Niedzwiedzki Says:

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