Palmetto Bay Seat 1 Candidate David Zisman sent out a mailer this week and it made us chuckle. Here is the “positive” side:
Do you notice the use of “I” in every bullet? SDM has news for Mr. Zisman: YOU can’t do it all by yourself, unless of course you will be donning a police uniform and catching speeders with your trusty radar gun. This mailer could not have been drafted by anyone other than the candidate himself, which is even more obvious from the “negative” side:
This may be the most pathetic attempt at a negative mailer SDM has witnessed in 20 years of watching the business. You as a voter are supposed to be rocked in your boots because “Karyn” is a lobbyist for the evil teacher’s union. Look, SDM has no love for unions, but is advocating for teachers more treacherous than an owner of a company declaring bankruptcy? See Herald background checks find spots on Palmetto Bay candidates’ records:
In 2012 and 2013, Zisman filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcies on two of his businesses, which deal in barbecue equipment, Jacuzzi baths and kitchen appliances.
The 2013 bankruptcy, filed in November, was for Evening’s Delight Inc. According to Zisman, the bankruptcy was purely “administrative.”
“Evening’s Delight has never been in financial trouble. Ever, ever, ever. [It’s] all about consolidating the corporations,” he said.
But before that bankruptcy was filed — the proceedings are still ongoing — two creditors named in the bankruptcy filed lawsuits for unpaid debts and received judgments in their favor.
Vent-a-Hood, a Texas-based kitchen hood manufacturer, won $62,313 plus $12,882 in attorney’s fees in October 2010 when it sued Evening’s Delight in a Texas state court.
Samuel, Son & Co., a metals distributor, won $29,171 in damages from Evening’s Delight in June 2013.
Asked about the lawsuits, Zisman said they did not indicate he had any problem paying back vendors. He said he had called to let them know he would be filing for bankruptcy, and that they had opted to sue just to make sure the bankruptcy wouldn’t allow him not to pay them back.
“I let them know what was going on; they were merely protecting themselves. And they did that. And if you pull the court records, you’ll see I didn’t even have a defense. I just let them do what they wanted to do,” Zisman said. “They’re getting paid back as we speak.”
According to Vent-a-Hood president William Miles Woodall III, Zisman filed for bankruptcy after Vent-a-Hood tried to prove that Zisman had shifted assets to another Evening’s Delight company to get out of paying the debt.
Vent-a-hood did not sue because Zisman had warned them of the bankruptcy, Woodall said. It’s the other way around, he said.
“He filed for bankruptcy because we started deposing his family,” he said. “There’s no question he did it to get out of what he owed us.”
Pressed as to why the vendors were not paid between the time they received judgments in their favor and when the bankruptcy was filed — just over three years elapsed between Vent-a-Hood’s initial judgment and the bankruptcy filing — Zisman stopped answering questions.
“I told you already, this is a story about nothing. You and the Herald are trying to do a hatchet job on me. I don’t appreciate it. Please do a story on a real event. My business is in business; I’m doing well. Thank you very much.”
Zisman also criticizes his opponent, Karyn Cunningham, for wanting to plan the village’s future for the next five years (oh, the horror) and because she wants to “open a dialogue with village residents” (for shame).
SDM Says: The choice between Zisman (I, I, I) and Cunningham (We, we, we) was never made more clear than in this mailer.