Jay Miller, a VP of the Save Rural Seminole County movement, wielded a shovel at a repo man in early February of 2018.
By Jacob Engels
Let me start by saying that I understand that the issue of the rural boundary in Seminole County is a VERY HOT topic right now. As you well know, I have my opinion on the matter and we have been covering the racial aspect of the rural boundary here at the Central Florida Post.
That has understandably caused quite the “excitement” on social media when we post our analysis, excitement that proved to be too much for the hot tempered VP of Save Rural Seminole.
Jay Miller responded to our article titled “6 Ways Race Plays Into The Rural Boundary” by threatening to sue my publication for having a different viewpoint than his own.
In the age of triggered leftists screeching about Trump Derangement Syndrome, I have to admit it was curious to see a meltdown of sorts that didn’t have to do with our President’s early morning tweetstorms (which I find to be most effective.)
Below you can see the screenshot of Mr. Miller’s threat of legal action, he woke up a few days ago and deleted dozens of more colorful comments, the liquid courage presumably wore off.
But for that 36-hour period, Jay was so brave and courageous, promising a lawsuit and to teach me a lesson. When I called his business on Friday wondering what the status of the lawsuit was, he was immediately incensed and claimed that I was “harassing” him.
Miller launched into a tirade about my “gay newspaper” and that I was once a ward of the court… and I suppose both comments are true. I am gay, so maybe one could reason that by extension my newspaper was gay. It was more likely Jay’s childish attempt at a schoolyard insult or something more insidious.. a homophobic jab.
And yes, I was once a ward of the court and my grandparents became my guardians… when I was in grade school. There is no shame in that and it was not as a result of anything young Jacob had done, but rather meant to allow my Mother time to address some personal matters in life and for me to be able to officially reside with my grandparent while she was doing so.
Now, back to Jay Miller. He threatened a lawsuit and promised one, yet became dangerously angry and threatening during our phone call. I was glib, going pound for pound with him… but something about his temper made me wonder.
So I pulled his background and found a disturbing arrest earlier this year in Lake Mary. The report, from the Lake Mary Police Department, detailed a frightening encounter a repo man had with Mr. Miller in the parking lot of Gander Mountain.
Simply doing his job, the repo man was hitching what Miller claims to have not been his vehicle, when Miller lost his temper. First he started yelling and tried to enter the van. Then he pushed the repo man several times before retrieving a shovel from the van to wield like some lunatic.
Police responded shortly thereafter and took testimony from the repo man, who claimed to have feared for his life. Miller was booked for assault with a deadly weapon and battery, earning a $5,000 bail.
In his flurry of comments on social media about the incident, Miller claims all charges were dropped and it was part of some wide ranging conspiracy against him… maybe it was.
Unfortunately for him however though, it appears that he has not left his temper in that jail cell and turned over a new leaf. He continues to make threats and behave in a bullying matter.
And like any bully… when I called to stand up to him and demand the lawsuit he promised… he lost it. He even called my attorney and claimed that he was going to put me in jail as part of a several minute long rant.
I guess if anyone knows what it takes to find themselves in jail it would be Mr. Miller.. not me. I would think that Save Rural Seminole would want someone more professional and even to lead their efforts… but that is just my opinion.
Our series on the racist impact of the rural boundary will continue this week.
Jacob Engels is an Orlando based journalist whose work has been featured and republished in news outlets around the globe including Politico, InfoWars, MSNBC, Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Daily Mail UK, Associated Press, People Magazine, ABC, Fox News, and Australia’s New Dawn Magazine. Mr. Engels focuses on stories that other news outlets neglect or willingly hide to curry favor among the political and business special interests in the state of Florida.