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Florida AG Bill McCollum Releases Statement on Rekers Scandal

The office of Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum, for whom George Alan Rekers testified in the state's case seeking to uphold the ban on gay adoption, has released a statement:

Mccollum  “As hired counsel for the Florida Department of Children and Families, our office is committed to providing our client with the best possible legal representation in this matter. Dr. Rekers, a professor emeritus from University of South Carolina and a neuropsychologist with a degree from UCLA, came to our attention by recommendation from another academic after an exhaustive search for potential expert witnesses who were willing to testify. Dr. Rekers had exceptional credentials and he had provided testimony in similar cases on two separate occasions, one of which was a Florida case in Federal Court. The contract was executed at the direction of the Department of Children and Families, and the ACLU did not object to his position as an expert at the hearing. He has completed his testimony and is no longer involved in this case.”

As Scott Maxwell of the Orlando Sentinel notes, the statement does not address the question of how Rekers could possibly be a credible witness.

Maxwell also points us to some new revelations from Equality Florida, that Rekers was not paid $87,000 in taxpayer money as originally reported, but a much higher amount of $120,000.

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  1. wait, there's a missing sentence there:

    "The contract was executed at the direction of the Department of Children and Families, and the ACLU did not object to his position as an expert at the hearing. He has completed his testimony and is no longer involved in this case... and would you people stop spamming my Gubnatorial campaign page on Facebook!!”

    Everyone, tell all your friends to ask Bill Mccollum about this on his Facebook page.

    you'll only get one post, which will only last about ten minutes before they delete it... but if 1000 people post at once, it'll take them a while to block us all.

    he isn't answering questions, he's dodging. bug him until we get answers... crosspost as well.

    if this is his idea of an 'expert witness', what is his idea of good governing??

    does Florida need another hateful bigot as a representitive of the state?

    Posted by: soundboy_Jeff | May 7, 2010 2:45:29 PM


  2. Paid with taxpayer money, eh? So I am paying for bogus expert testimony that negatively impacts my life, a potential adoptee's life, all the way down the line. The irony has turned to hypocrisy. When does the hypocrisy turn to action. My family is gonna be pissed when they realizes some of their tax money went to shut me down as a viable person.

    Posted by: Jonster | May 7, 2010 2:48:47 PM


  3. He should demand that Rekers pay back the state, if not they will take him to court to do so, with the threat of using prostitution.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | May 7, 2010 2:50:20 PM


  4. I should think a class action suit on the part of gay and lesbian couples denied adoption rights in Florida woudl be in order.

    The "discovery" will be delicious!

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | May 7, 2010 2:56:24 PM


  5. The State of Florida has various "Sunshine Laws" on the books that allow access to government documents.

    If an advocacy group, investigative reporter, or someone seeking legal redress wants to dig deeper into the facts, it's your right to know.

    Posted by: JONNY NYNY2FLFL | May 7, 2010 3:02:36 PM


  6. His web sites needs more comments from us!

    Posted by: FunMe | May 7, 2010 3:04:50 PM


  7. sometimes...I am ashamed to say I live in Florida.

    Posted by: Chris | May 7, 2010 3:06:49 PM


  8. Sadly it all comes down to one elitist praising another elitist for his credentials.

    The vast majority of scum I have met in this lifetime have had advanced degrees --- and they promote each other in life.

    And our society has collapsed as the scum clawed it's way to the top .... a statement like this one affirms my experience and belief.

    Posted by: Walter | May 7, 2010 3:24:10 PM


  9. Dr. Rekers had exceptional credentials --- if you believe credentials that include founding anti-gay hate groups and promoting conversion therapy are exceptional.

    Posted by: Walter | May 7, 2010 3:26:04 PM


  10. @Chris

    Don't be ashamed, join us in fighting this bigot out of the state. The AG statement does not justify his advocacy against Gay Floridians. His claim that "...an exhaustive search for potential expert witnesses who were willing to testify." was conducted, is outrageous, it demonstrate his personal investment in harming us. And now after the Rekers scandal, all he is has to say is that the case is over, does this man have no conscience? With this lack of morality, Mr. Bill McCollum is not fit to Govern anything, let alone the great State of Florida.

    Posted by: Rafael | May 7, 2010 3:46:07 PM


  11. THANK YOU, ANDY, for keeping us posted with fresh info on the Rekers issue. Either on another blog or on one of Andy's posts on Rekers (sorry, I don't recall which), there was a link that eventually leads one to the text of the judge's opinion on the Florida adoption case in which Rekers testified. I read most of the opinion, particularly the section on Rekers testimony. Folks, the judge's opinion on Rekers testimony was DEVASTATING. The judge debunked Rekers on almost every point and, in so many words, sent him away in shame. Now we learn that testimory cost the State of Florida $120,000. If I were a Florida resident, I'd be LIVID my state spent such funds on Rekers. The only impact Rekers' testimony had on the final outcome of the case was to push the result towards favoring gay adoption.

    Posted by: Hawthorne | May 7, 2010 4:11:09 PM


  12. They've locked down his facebook wall, I saw a couple comments come and go earlier. Guess they got tired of 'damage' control.

    Posted by: DoubleD | May 7, 2010 4:20:36 PM


  13. As co-founcer of The Family Research Council it appears that Dr.Rekers was simply doing 'research'..that is what Research Councils do...right? Seems to be a good gig if you can get one.

    Posted by: ChiGuy | May 7, 2010 4:29:13 PM


  14. http://www.aclu.org/files/images/asset_upload_file16_37906.pdf

    Here's the link to the judge's ruling in the 2008 adoption case. Judicial comments on Rekers start near the bottom of p.18.

    Posted by: Hawthorne | May 7, 2010 4:39:24 PM


  15. That statement does not jibe with this account of the Gill adoption case, from 2008:

    “From the outset, the state was in a weird position,” says Rosenwald, the ACLU attorney. “It only got more complicated when they tried to find experts. They were looking for serious scientists. They were told no serious scientists would testify on their behalf.”

    Indeed, Rekers and Schumm stand diametrically opposed to the position of the American Psychological Association, which in 2004 put out a statement in support of gay parenting.

    It’s unclear who developed the state’s strategy. A spokeswoman for the attorney general’s office said its lawyers took their cues from DCF. DCF’s spokeswoman offered another perspective: “I’m going to have to say it came from the attorney general’s office in terms of legal strategy,” says Sarrah Troncoso. “I would have to defer to them.”

    From a political perspective, that explanation makes sense. DCF’s leader is George Sheldon, a lifelong Democrat who has enjoyed a good relationship with the gay community since the 1980s, when he served in the Florida Legislature. Republican Attorney General Bill McCollum, on the other hand, is a conservative eyeing a U.S. Senate seat in 2010.

    http://www.orlandoweekly.com/news/story.asp?id=12830

    Posted by: Todd | May 7, 2010 4:52:51 PM


  16. the people of the state of florida should be up in arms over the waste of taxpayer dollars. also it seems weird that you have to go out and purchase testimony to support laws.rekers expertise much come from first hand observation and on the hand job training. also what gives mcollum the right to avoid answering questions

    Posted by: walter | May 7, 2010 4:53:11 PM


  17. *trying desperately not to laugh to hard*

    You can't say that God or Karma doesn't have a sense of humor...

    *watching them go down, one by one*

    Who's next? Who's still alive that's spewing hate in his/her's name? Anyone for starting a pool?

    Posted by: aleabeth | May 7, 2010 5:26:17 PM


  18. So anyone who is asking questions on Bill's Facebook page is getting their comments deleted, de-friended and blocked.

    Posted by: Chrissypoo | May 7, 2010 7:14:15 PM


  19. It may be out of his jurisdiction (Florida) but maybe this upstanding stand up AG should look into prosecuting his star witness under the Mann Act

    18 USCS @ 2421 (1994) @ 2421.
    *** THIS SECTION IS CURRENT THROUGH P.L. 103-321, APPROVED
    8/26/94 ***
    TITLE 18. CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE PART I. CRIMES
    CHAPTER 117. TRANSPORTATION FOR ILLEGAL SEXUAL ACTIVITY AND
    RELATED CRIMES @ 2421.

    Transportation generally
    Whoever knowingly transports any individual in interstate or
    foreign commerce, or in any Territory or Possession of the United
    States, with intent that such individual engage in prostitution,
    or in any sexual activity for which any person can be charged
    with a criminal offense, shall be fined under this title or
    imprisoned not more than five years, or both

    Posted by: Dave W | May 7, 2010 7:31:15 PM


  20. But why was this closet case payed to testify?!

    Posted by: jaragon | May 7, 2010 9:29:34 PM


  21. I went to his facebook page and actually sent an email to Alex Sink, a gay friendly Democratic that is his opponent. I told her Bill wasn;t answering any questions about the fees paid for this expert witness, And I was wondering if she could help enlighten him since she is CFO of Florida's government. LOL I will see her tomorrow night at an Equality FLorida fundraiser. I hope she makes mention of his lastest scandal.

    Posted by: TampaGary | May 8, 2010 3:37:50 AM


  22. LOL. If I were a political adversary to that fuckface, I'd just run a (homophobic - aim the weapon back) campaign plastering posters with "McCollum - wasting your $200000 TAX DOLLARS on HOMOSEXUAL johns" in every redneck hick town in Florida. With this incredibly repulsive picture of him blown up to unbearable proportions.

    Posted by: galore | May 8, 2010 8:28:52 AM


  23. "His claim that "...an exhaustive search for potential expert witnesses who were willing to testify." was conducted, is outrageous"

    Oh, I believe it. It's not easy to find a dinosaur who believes the BS Rekers spouts, especially one with a degree.

    Oh, I so hope someone forces him to disclose where the recommendation came from and how many REAL experts refused to testify for the state's anti-gay case.

    Posted by: BobN | May 8, 2010 11:10:43 PM


  24. I posted a respectful comment to Bill's Facebook page over the weekend. Of course it's been deleted. In the meantime a comment by a McCollum supporter calling our President a communist has been allowed to remain. Shameful.

    Posted by: Jay | May 10, 2010 12:52:53 PM


  25. So, FLA searched and searched and searched for a witness to say how awful gays would be as parents and paid $120k for closet case Rekers. I hope the Tea Party is pissed that FLA is wasting tax payer money to strip fellow citizens of rights and to keep children from loving homes!

    Posted by: Tim | May 11, 2010 6:55:07 AM


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