FRUSTRATED FLORIDA DESIGNERS RESORT TO DEFAMATION
Douglas Feldman, ASID, IDAF board member representing South Florida, recently spoke at a meeting in Ft. Myers in an effort to protect the Florida licensing cartel. In bleak contrast to the two vibrant February town hall meetings conducted jointly by Patti Morrow of IDPC and Clark Neily of IJ – which were packed to standing room only – the interest generated for what is being called the “Save the Monopoly” meeting through multiple emails only managed to draw a meager dozen or so designers, some of whom attended because they actually support IDPC’s mission to deregulate Florida’s interior design law – the most restrictive in the country – spearheaded by Patti Morrow.
Perhaps you’ll remember Douglas… his uninformed ranting was unsuccessful in derailing the IDPC/IJ town hall meeting in Dania. It is noteworthy to report that his boorish behavior actually brought some designers who were on the fence over to the pro-freedom movement.
According to an eye-witness account, no factual information was delivered at the Save the Monopoly meeting (Feldman had “deer in the headlights” reactions to unanticipated comments and/or questions) and no new call to action was given. It appears the only purpose for the meeting was for Douglas Feldman to announce and endorse their new website and blog.
Feeling a little heat in Florida, licensed designers? Read their [barely literate] blog posting (below). Douglas – did you write this? It’s hilarious! Is that the best you can do? MY BABYSISTTER HITS HARDERTHAN THAT! Did you think this would hurt my feelings and make me go away? Guess again, little man.
Excerpts from attack blog:
Patti Morrow with the IDPC is a very desperate but you have to admit a creative individual. She had no decorating work. Therefore she did have time on her hands. And by getting $285,000 in upfront funding from the Institute for Justice,….one big fat check…. she got a reason to get up in the morning.
If you have seen her in person, you begin to realize how pathetic. . .please Patti…..Take a class and learn how to speak professionally. Then Patti,….get your facts straight and stop with the out and out lies.
The way she is telling it now, ASID might has [sic] well close up shop and sell the building in DC. She really should be a fiction writer.
If I were Clark Nelly[sic], the ultra conservative, very straight-laced litigator with the Institute for Justice…. I’d be just a little bit embarrassed to be on the same stage repeatedly with such an unprofessional appearance and demeanor. Maybe there is something going on between them that is more than “justice.”
From what anyone can tell, she works out of her home basement and occasionally comes up for air from that dark hole in the ground. This blonde airhead with pink boxing gloves DOES NOT represent anyone except herself. . . dresses straight out of J.C. Penny… And where did she get that bleach blonde locks? Must be Airhead Blonde from Clairol.”
Note that the blog does not dispute even ONE word uttered by Patti at the town hall meetings. That’s because you can’t disprove the TRUTH! Patti’s presentation was based solely on facts, and they cannot invalidate a single one.
“If you can’t answer a man’s arguments, all is not lost; you can still call him vile names.”
The negative publicity IDPC has created surrounding Florida’s anti-competitive, anti-consumer monopoly is obviously the catalyst for this pure, unadulterated act of frustration and desperation. This tirade so full of lies, and so mindlessly venomous that any remotely decent person would be mortified to be associated with it in any way. Oh, and did I mention… their website is anonymously registered and blog post unsigned. It appears that no one but Feldman is willing to go out on a limb to be linked with it. Who can blame them?
I’ll leave you with two last thoughts:
1. Being licensed obviously does not make you a professional. Thanks so much for proving our point.
2. “It is better to keep your mouth [computer] closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.” (Twain)
To Douglas and Florida licensed designers: anytime you’d like to have a public debate over the issue of Florida’s anti-competitive and unconstitutional law, my colleague Clark Neily and I would be happy to participate.
But do try to bring more intellect to the table. Thus far, it’s been like having a duel of wits with an unarmed opponent.