Archive for October, 2010

The Tony Palumbo Plan for Dealing with Crime in Anoka County:

October 29, 2010
  1. Step 1 – Pay CONVICTED FELONS $2,000 a month, rent them a townhome and lease a car.
  2. Step 2 – When they commit new felonies, don’t prosecute them, buy them a 1-way plane ticket out of town.  Read on . . .

 

Don’t believe me, here’s what a former business partner has to say:

A Royal Rebuttal

” I have several things to say in regards to the comments written above.  I too was a minority shareholder in Royal Conservatories.  That is where I met Tony Palumbo.  We were both duped by our partner . . .  When we found out the situation at Royal both Tony and I bought the guy a one-way ticket out of town and brought him to the airport.”   Post in the Star Tribune by stonedeck, Oct. 28, 2010.

And Tony Palumbo Wants to be Anoka’s Chief Prosecutor?

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Anoka Exposed

October 14, 2010

 Tony Palumbo wants you to elect him to the Office of the Anoka County Attorney.

So, does Palumbo deserve your trust? YOU DECIDE!

FACT: In addition to his work as a mid-level member of the Anoka County Attorney’s staff for 31 years, Tony Palumbo was one of the owners of Royal Conservatories, a construction business. In 1999, Royal Conservatories hired a CONVICTED FELON who bragged he had TIES TO ORGANIZED CRIME to be its new President and CEO.

One Friday evening, as workers from Royal Conservatories of America wound down at a local TGI Friday’s, the new president of the Eagan sunroom company thrust out his pinky finger.

There was a smooth stub where the fingertip was missing.

“Remember that scene in ‘Casino’?” he said ominously, referring to a movie in which a mobster chops off a foe’s finger.

Star Tribune, May 6, 2001

 

The business was privately owned, in part by attorney Tony Palumbo . . .

Star Tribune, May 6, 2001

. . . his CEO was really a convicted felon and longtime con artist.

Star Tribune, May 6, 2001

The company had hired [Charles] Schuler even though few of his references checked out.

Star Tribune, May 6, 2001

QUESTION: Since Palumbo has been an Anoka County Attorney for 31 years, shouldn’t he know how to check references, or at least find out if a future employee is a CONVICTED FELON before hiring him?

QUESTION: If Palumbo hires a CONVICTED FELON and a POSSIBLE MOBSTER to run a company where his own money is at risk, why should we believe he will be more cautious with taxpayer dollars?

FACT: In addition to REPEATED CRIMINAL CONVICTIONS, Schuler had a history of parading around the office in a lab coat and stethoscope giving his employees “physicals.”

Schuler claimed he was a medical doctor with an additional Ph.D from Harvard . . .

Star Tribune, May 6, 2001

. . . he often wore a doctor’s white lab coat around the office and sometimes used a stethoscope to give employees perfunctory “physicals.”

Star Tribune, May 6, 2001

QUESTION: Does Palumbo believe he’s living in the 1950’s, where sexual harassment and a hostile workplace are just the “good ol’ boys” having fun?

QUESTION: If Palumbo turns a blind eye to this type of behavior in the Anoka County Attorney’s Office, what will it cost county taxpayers to settle any lawsuits?

FACT: Working for Palumbo’s company may have had an “in-house health plan,” but it wasn’t great for physical or emotional health.

Schuler, also the company’s CEO, proved to be a demanding boss by insisting that employees exhibit loyalty by working long hours. “(Schuler) would make comments if you left any earlier than 9 p.m.,” said Matt Chapiewski, Royal Conservatories’ former sales manager.

Star Tribune, May 6, 2001

Schuler was a persuasive role model, working late every night and seemingly foregoing a personal life. (Although Schuler told co-workers his wife was caring for a terminally ill mother in Michigan, in fact she was incarcerated there on fraud charges stemming from investments made with her husband.)

Star Tribune, May 6, 2001

QUESTION: Can we expect the same casual disregard for the employees of the Anoka County Attorney’s Office?

QUESTION: If so, is Anoka County opening itself, and taxpayers, for liability when overworked employees sue for overtime and lost wages?

QUESTION: Again Mr. Palumbo, this may have been a standard in the 1950’s, but hasn’t science proven a balanced life is better for an employee’s physical, mental and emotional health?

FACT: Palumbo was actively involved in his business and had nothing but good things to say about his choice for CEO.

When Schuler arrived its [the company’s] finances were in disarray, according to Palumbo. “The company was not doing well; it was going downhill fast with mounting debts,” he said.

Star Tribune, May 6, 2001

“He was initially doing things that appealed to me, like organizing the operational side of the company, and keeping a tight rein on expenses,” Palumbo said. “He seemed to me like someone who had a firm grasp on business fundamentals.”

Star Tribune, May 6, 2001

While there are plenty of people within the company who blame Suntheimer [Schuler’s real name] for its demise, others, including Palumbo, think his ambitious plans merely spiraled out of control. “I think Charles wanted to build that business rather rapidly and in the end, his business judgments were rather questionable,” said Palumbo, who lost more than $100,000 of his Royal Conservatories investment.

Star Tribune, May 6, 2001

QUESTION: So, your company was “going downhill fast” without the new CEO (did I mention CONVICTED FELON and SEXUAL HARASSER?) and we should trust your “business judgment” with our most important criminal prosecution position and an annual budget of over $10 million?

QUESTION: Everyone else saw him as a con artist and you couldn’t, Mr. Palumbo – really? Really?

FACT: Hundreds of people were financially devastated by Palumbo’s choice for CEO.

There were many victims of the company’s demise, mostly consumers who lost hefty downpayments for sunrooms and vendors who were not paid for their supplies or work.

Among those victims: David and Marge Hols, who hired Royal Conservatories to build a conservatory on their Summit Avenue home in St. Paul. After many exasperated phone calls to the company and numerous difficulties with construction, David Hols ended up doing most of the work himself.

It was an expensive and frustrating experience, Marge Hols said, and she thinks of it as “the project from hell.”

Star Tribune, May 6, 2001

QUESTION: Where is their justice, Mr. Palumbo?

QUESTION: Even though your company declared bankruptcy, legally discharging your debt but leaving hundreds “high and dry,” do you owe them a “moral” obligation to make them “whole?”

FACT: Even AFTER Schuler was fired, Palumbo’s company continued making deals that wiped out people’s savings!

Employees were hurt, too. Bill Wilson, the former production manager at Royal Conservatories, said he loaned the company $25,000 so it could make payroll, just weeks before it closed its doors. Wilson has little hope of recovering his personal savings.
“I had no idea they were going to declare bankruptcy,” said Wilson.

Star Tribune, May 6, 2001

QUESTION: Since Palumbo’s quotes show how involved he was with the business, shouldn’t he have disclosed to a trusted employee that the company was broke and getting ready to file bankruptcy before taking Wilson’s life’s savings?

QUESTION: And, doesn’t Palumbo have a similar moral obligation to his former employee, Mr. Wilson, to get his life’s saving back to him?

QUESTION: Really, Mr. Palumbo? Really ???

FACT: During the campaign Tony Palumbo has claimed that being Anoka County’s Chief Prosecutor is just a management job.

QUESTION:

    Do we want someone with Palumbo’s business and management “skills” running our Anoka County Attorney’s Office?

What’s at stake?
The Anoka County Attorney’s Office:

  • Has an annual budget over $10 million
  • Employs nearly 100 people
  • Duties include:
  1. Prosecuting adult crimes
  2. Representing the state in juvenile cases
  3. Crime victim/witness services
  4. Providing legal advice to the County Board
  5. Providing legal services to protect children and vulnerable adults

On Nov. 2nd, YOU DECIDE.