Career politician Pat Northey's campaign website 'suspended' for non-payment despite $77,240 war chest

Not only is she paid $44,000 as a part-time councilwoman, but receives another grand each month from a $12,000 annual pension for longevity on the dais of 2-plus decades

Pat Northwy campaign website suspended for non-payment / Headline Surfer®Pat Northey / Headline Surfer®Headline Surfer® photo /  
Longtime County Councilwoman Pat Northey, shown here on the dais in the Frank T. Bruno Council Chambers in DeLand, and running for the at-large council seat against incumbent Joyce Cusack, does not have use of her campaign website, which has been shut down for 'non-payment, as shown here and when users go to PatNorthey.com, despite an election cycle war chest of $77,240, more than any other candidate for municipal and county campaigns, with the exception of Cusack, who has amassed $85,898.20.
 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- After all these years as a career politician, district 5 term-limited County Councilwoman finds herself in an embarrassing situation on this Saturday -- the final day of early voting -- leading up to Tuesday's general elections: Her campaign website has been shut down for non-payment.

In Northey's desperate quest to stay on the dais, Northey has waged a nearly two-year divisive election challenge to unseat at-large council colleague Joyce Cusack. And with three days to go before the big vote, her website account, PatNorthey.com, has been "suspended."

Typically, there are several main reasons for a website being suspended: Suspicion of child pornography, terrorism threats or the far-more common lack of payment. The latter is the situation for Northey, who now has egg on her face after having waged such a nasty campaign.

In Volusia County, where the average wage earner make less than $30,000 annually, Northey does better than most. There's no apparent financial reason for this website shutdown because of funding issues, considering Northey is paid $44,000 by the taxpayers for what is essentially a part-time position that really only requires her attendance at twice-monthly day-long meetings in the Frank T. Bruno County Council chambers.

And as if that weren't enough, Northey as been on the dais for so long -- more than anyone see in modern times -- she actually receives a $12,000 annually pension for her initial years in office, meaning she's making a grand total of $56,000 a year.

Compare that to what the average wage earner in Volusia County makes: Less than $30,000 in a county where the two largest employers are Publix grocery stores and Wal-Mart. Northey has no minor children in her household to provide for either.

Aside from personal income, consider the tens of thousands Northey has received in campaign contributions this election cycle alone from insider high rollers like J. Hyatt Brown and Moretza "Mori" Hosseini-Karger of ICI Homes -- $77,240 -- to be exact.

Pat Northey a no-show at debate in Oak Hill with Webster Barnaby and Joyce Cusack / Headline Surfer®Morton Culligan at debate in Oak Hill / Headline Surfer®Headline Surfer photos® /
At-large County Councilwoman Joyce Cusack and pre-primary challenger Webster Barnaby attended a HeadlineSurfer.com public candidate debate at the Oak Hill City Hall in June, but fellow challenger, Pat Northey, was a no-show as demonstrated in the image at left with her name tag and the empty seat. Between 85-90 residents from throughout Volusia County jammed the meeting room, including citizen-watchdog Morton Culligan of DeBary, shown standing in the inset photo, who is a critic of Northey.
 

More than That's more than any other candidate running for municipal or county offices leading up to Tuesday's general election, with the exception of Cusack with $85,898.20.

And in the past 10 years, including this election cycle, Northey has received a whopping $357,125.05.

Headline Surfer photo / So why is it that her campaign website has been shut down for non-payment? Whatever the reason, Northey, who often boasts of transparency, is not saying anything.

Northey's website snafu has drawn condemnation from political goes like council colleague Joshua Wagner of Daytona Beach, a Cusack supporter, who wrote on his Facebook page: "Bahahaha....Pat Northey's website is down for non-payment. Maybe she should have used one of her double pensions you are paying for to cover the bill. Guess she has been too busy picking on people and being a bully. Go to her website for a good laugh... http://patnorthey.com."

Joshua Wagner supports Joyce Cusack over Pat Northey / Headline Surfer®Headline Surfer photo® / Volusia County Councilman Joshua Wagner of Daytona Beach supports Joyce Cusack, the incumbent in the race for her at-large seat over term-limited district 5 Councilwoman Pat Northey.

Northey's website snafu has drawn condemnation from political goes like council colleague Joshua Wagner of Daytona Beach, a Cusack supporter, who wrote on his Facebook page: "Bahahaha....Pat Northey's website is down for non-payment. Maybe she should have used one of her double pensions you are paying for to cover the bill. Guess she has been too busy picking on people and being a bully. Go to her website for a good laugh... http://patnorthey.com."

Arthur Newman, a friend of Wagner's, responded: "I'll help her raise funds and give her a job cleaning up after my doberman Tango takes his morning run."

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com for a decade now. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed dozens of journalism-industry awards in print anddigital platforms. Frederick is enrolled at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's three-fourths through the online Master of Arts program in New Media Journalism. His graduation is in August.