Note my letter to the editor in today’s Key West Citizen. Maybe it will help stop people from coming up to me and saying they are sorry I dropped out of the mayor’s race. People who read Mandy Bolen’s article saying I had conceded I had little chance of winning, and had thrown all my support to Craig Cates. I told someone last night, a member of the Citizen Editorial Board actually, that I felt like going to the Citizen and wiping its Editor, Tom Tuell, all over his office. The Board member was pretty upset himself with what had been written about me. As for Mandy, she really ought to give serious consideration to confining her reporting to baby showers, weddings, picnics and the like.
Today’s post features email correspondence initiated by a former co-worker of Mike Mongo after she read yesterday’s ”We Can Do Better” post.
Your email was forwarded to me from Helen Harrison who is on your email list. She knows I have interest in the subject of “Mike Mongo” who’s real name is Mongo Nichol.
I worked with him for 4 months at Wodu Media and know a lot of background information. In fact, it makes me sick to my stomach every time I hear about him running for mayor or see a sign also.
He does get paid by Wodu Media, it’s just not on the record. He just asks Peter for “a couple thousand” whenever he needs it.
While I was working for them they talked about Mike becoming mayor in order to advance the standing of Peter Downie in terms of his businesses (Cool Key West and Wodu Media). I even saw a picture Mike had drawn with “Mongo for Mayor” written and a line drawn connecting that to the words “Cool Key West” (http://coolkeywest.com/). The anticipated revenue to run Cool Key West was to come from advertisements on the site. Peter Downie has been unsuccessful in getting people to advertise, so perhaps Mike’s idea is to make Cool Key West the “homepage” for Key West WiFi in order to lure in advertisers.
Mike has tricked a lot of people in Key West into thinking he is a good person. I can tell you for sure that he is not.
I have so much to say about this subject I could write a book. My husband and I started making a blog against him and then decided that it was not worth our time. But every time I hear anything about him running for Mayor I get so angry that I feel I have to do something.
Please contact me if you want to know any more information.
Hi, L. Thanks for writing.
Anything else you wish to write to “fill in some of the blanks” – please do. I probably will use what you wrote today, tomorrow. And anything else you add to it. I would like to use your name, but suppress your email address. Would that be okay?
I have known Mike since early 2003, and wrote before today about dealings I’d had with him, which I explained in one canddiate forum, and said he is the most self-centered person I have ever known, and is incapable of self-examination. That’s the forum where I told the audience, if they didn’t vote for me, then vote for Craig Cates, and not for the other two (Mike and Morgan). I had jumped on Morgan in that forum, too.
I am hearing today that Morgan or his camp put Mike up to run, figuring Morgan would lose no votes to Mike, but he would take votes away from Craig and me, which probably is happening. Do you see any glimmer of truth in this rumor? Or do you feel Mike is operating on his own/fronting for Peter Downie?
I would rather not have my name used, maybe you could say a past coworker or something. And if you do mention these points in an email I would like to be able to read it before it gets sent out if possible.
I never got the idea that anyone put Mike up to running so I’m not sure about that one. I figure he’s just doing it for Peter and to boost his own ego.
Here are some more interesting points about Mike:
-Just before I stopped working with Wodu, he signed some documents that gave him a stake in the business.
-He is very irresponsible. There were many bounced checks and work that was paid for by clients but never finished.
-He created lots of emotional drama and had screaming fits.
-He told me to ignore a Key West nonprofit group that helps children after Wodu had promised them help with their website.
-His job at Wodu was to sell people the most expensive websites he could. The price was not based on the work that had to be done but on how much he thought the client could afford to pay.
-He never got anything accomplished and was much more about talk than action.
I don’t know if any of this information will help. Let me know if you have questions about anything & good luck.
NOTE: Because we are in early voting, with election day just days away, I’m going ahead and publishing L’s sentiments, verbatim, honoring her request to keep her name out of it. It always puzzles me when people get riled up and write to me about something they perceive to be seriously wrong, but then don’t want to be identified or get involved.
Whatever, it appears that I didn’t just dream up that Mono and Peter want to capitali$e on Mongo’s campaign for mayor, and ca$h in even more if he get$ elected. Why am I not surprised? And it appears that I’m not the only person in Key West who has had extensive personal dealings with Mongo and who knows he is a sociopath. My condolences to the people he has duped.
Meanwhile, Mongo was required by state election laws to disclose his sources of income (not the amount), when he filed to run for office. He didn’t show in what he filed with the City Clerk any income from any of Peter Downie’s businesses. Mongo also was required to disclose any money given to him by Peter, which ended up going toward Mongo’s campaign. And Mongo was required by federal law to report his income from Peter, even if paid under the table. I think maybe Peter is required under federal law to report what he pays Mongo, or at least show it as a business expense.
I heard some other stuff yesterday about some things Mongo has boasted about himself at candidate forums and elsewhere, which apparently were a bit embellished. As soon as I have a report from the person who knows about it, I’ll share it with you. Meanwhile, keep ever in mind that Mongo’s campaign slogan is WE CAN DO BETTER. Maybe he needs to start with him doing better, before he attempts to lead others down his primrose path.
I’m headed up to Big Pine Key this morning, to be a guest on US 1 (104.1) Radio’s Biz Baz, 9-11 a.m. Ought to be interesting and, hopefully, amusing. Writing about Mongo is anything but amusing.
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