Sheriff Capt. Bob Peryam attended the Florida Keys Contractors Association meet-the-candidates luncheon at Sombrero Country Club yesterday. He walked over, looked me in the eye, shook my hand, and said, “It’s good to see you.” I wondered why he did that, because I couldn’t imagine him feeling it was good to see me. I could imagine him telling me I was lying about him, slandering him. But he didn’t do that. He looked me in the eye, shook my hand and said it was good to see me. He seemed to mean it.
He did mean it. Deep inside, Bob wants all of it out in the open. He wants everyone who knows him, everyone who might vote for him, to know all of him, and not just part of him. This is how the soul works: it wants everything out in the light of day, because the soul knows this is the only way for everything to be righted, aligned, resolved.
As Jesus told his own disciples, if they abided in him, they would come to know the truth and the truth would set them free. As Jesus told them when he was preparing to leave them before Pentecost, he would send them something to lead them in his stead. At Pentecost, they received the Spirit of Truth, which led them from that day forward.
Deep down inside, Bob Peryam wants Keys people, especially Keys women, to know his weaknesses. What it might be like if he is sheriff, when he has even more power and is a role model for his male deputies and officers. He wants it known that he is vulnerable to blackmail and being asked special favors from women he has sex with, and from their families, especially from their parents. And that he encouraged Courtney Kelley to apply for a job with the Sheriff’s Office, which she then did, in “special ops,” but was turned down, which really upset him.
Bob wants Keys people to know that recently Sheriff Roth had his case reopened, not to investigate Bob, but to try to find something to pin on Sandra Downs. This came about after Diana Kelley, Courtney’s mother, called Bob to complain about Sandy harassing her. Bob wants Keys people to know that I warned Sandy to be very careful of Diana, and that I talked with Sandy the entire time she was in dialogue with her. Sandy approached Diana by phone, and she responded. Sandy never saw Diana, they never visited face-to-face. Sandy’s cell phone records show she called Diana a couple of times, and Diana called her. It was two-way. It was voluntary. There was no harassment.
Bob wants Keys people to know this, and that it was not Sandy but Dennis Reeves Cooper, of Key West the Newspaper, who finally pried Diana’s 7-page handwritten complaint out of the Sheriff’s Office. Dennis gave a copy to Sandy. Only after he broke the story in KWTN did Sandy type up Diana’s complaint, at my request, and give me a copy, which I then posted to the Bob Peryam/Kelley Family File page of goodmorningfloridakeys.com. For all of which Bob looked me in the eye, shook my hand, and told me yesterday that it was good to see me. He meant it.
Sloan Bashinsky, non-partisan county commission candidate
Political advertisement, by human standards, written, paid for and approved by me.