Tallahassee, Florida- July 5, 2012
Jacob Eaton is no stranger to controversy.
In February, we showed you a scuffle he had with Leon County Democratic Party Treasurer Bob Henderson.
It came after Eaton was speaking about a questionable late contribution to Mayor John Marks' 2010 re-election campaign.
Eaton was charged with a felony for the scuffle, but the case was later dropped.
Now Eaton is a candidate for the city commission.
"The mayor should absolutely resign", said Eaton.
Eaton points to the Florida Ethics Commission's finding the mayor may have violated the law.
He claims city deals Mayor Marks has led have enriched the mayor and cost Tallahassee taxpayers about $60 million dollars.
"That disgusts me, that disgusts the public, that erodes the public trust and it's wrong for the citizens of Tallahassee", said Eaton.
But at the last city commission meeting on June 27th, the mayor said he hasn't had a chance to defend himself yet.
"Where the Ethics Commission is right now, it's not the last step", said Mayor Marks.
"He's had a chance to defend himself all the time he's had in office", said Eaton.
Eaton is hoping to unseat Commissioner Andrew Gillum who Eaton calls the mayor's strongest defender.
"If you get rid of one, you have to get rid of the other, because both of them are one in the same", Eaton said.
In a written response, Gillum said "I have a strong working relationship with all of my colleagues" and this campaign "is not about Mayor Marks or my opponents, it's about doing the right thing for the people of Tallahassee."
Tallahassee, Florida - July 5, 2012
There's a new call today for Tallahassee's mayor to step down. A candidate for the city commission says Mayor John Marks should resign effective immediately.
Jacob Eaton is running for the second district city commission seat. He made the announcement about Mayor Marks needing to step down outside of Tallahassee City Hall today.
You may recall Eaton was at the center of a controversy earlier this year. When he started to speak up at a meeting of the Leon County Democratic Party Executive Committee about questionable funds funneled to Mayor Marks campaign in 2010, party treasurer Bob Henderson confronted Eaton. A scuffle then took place.
Eaton was charged with the battery of a person 65 years of age or older, a felony. However, the charge against him was later dropped.
Eaton now points to the Florida Ethics Commission finding last month stating Mayor Marks may have violated state ethics law.
"What makes me mad about the whole situation as far as what the mayor did is that he cost the citizens of Tallahassee in the neighborhood of $60-million dollars because he wanted to enrich himself and ingratiate himself," Jacob Eaton, City Commission Candidate for Seat 2, says.
The mayor said at the last city commission meeting he still has the opportunity to defend himself against the ethics charges. He says any rush to judgment is premature.
Eaton is running for the seat currently held by Commissioner Andrew Gillum. Eaton says Gillum has been on the mayor's strongest supporters and needs to be replaced.