Gambling Man?

According to The Legal Schnauzer’s “Here Is How A Pair of Politicos From Tuscaloosa Have Ties To Gambino and Genovese Crime Families,” there’s a connection between Lee and Jessica Garrison and organized crime. Garrison was rumored to have had a “gambling problem.”  And it may go beyond placing bets.

The Legal Schnauzer is concerned about what kind of person Lee and Jessica Garrison chose as a business partner:

Republican operative Jessica Medeiros Garrison and her former husband, Tuscaloosa city councilman Lee Garrison, are partners with a man named Erik Davis Harp in a real-estate venture called Margaritaville, LLC.  The company was formed in 2004, with a registered office address of 1201 Greensboro, Avenue, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401.

Should the public be concerned about this? Well, the Garrisons are significant political players in our state. Jessica Garrison served as campaign manager for Luther Strange’s successful 2010 campaign for attorney general and now works for the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) and the Balch Bingham law firm. Lee Garrison has served on the Tuscaloosa City Council since 1997 and currently is running for chair of the Tuscaloosa City School Board, with that spot to be determined in municipal elections tomorrow.

A report at identifies  Fafone as an associate of the Gambino family and describes him delivering more than a half million dollars in winnings to one gambler. Fafone’s No. 1 associate in the enterprise, it appears, was Erik Davis Harp . . . originally from Tuscaloosa, Alabama . . .

That the whole sordid enterprise has roundabout connections to Tuscaloosa–and Jessica and Lee Garrison–might also be considered “staggering.”


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