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Man Accuses Commissioner Candidate of Bribery – Suicidal Statements Possible Manipulation

HERNANDO – On July 13th RNRF reported the disturbing details of a relationship between a Hernando County School’s employee and a Springstead High School student’s mother who happened to be in the midst of a divorce.

The scorned husband and stepfather, Justin Williams, provided RNRF with graphic text messages between the school’s Wrestling Head Coach, Michael LaRocca, and Williams’ wife Lacie Reilly. He also provided a string of messages between him and Mr. LaRocca after the illicit relationship came to light.

Williams’ marriage finally came to an end on July 14th but Williams blames LaRocca for being the catalyst that sealed the fate of their relationship and any chance of reconciliation. Williams was not only angry over the betrayal of his former wife’s infidelity but also that of a Coach who was supposed to be a role model for his son, and a positive represented of the school. Williams says LaRocca has failed his family, the school, and the community; and in doing so, he should drop out of the race for County Commissioner.

When we ran the original story, School Officials refused to comment on the incident, stating “The district does not respond to allegations against private individuals and their personal matters.” That opinion would have sufficed under normal circumstances but new information has emerged that may raise some eyebrows.

Williams now believes that LaRocca attempted to bribe and use manipulation tactics to try and stop Williams from talking to the media.

During an exchange with Williams on June 15th, LaRocca says “I’m sorry… There’s nothing I can say but let me make it up through (Williams’ Son) Helping him into a college to wrestle. But I don’t know how I will be able to do that if this gets out…” Williams feels like LaRocca’s statement is an abuse of his power and that Williams’ stepson is the real victim.

Williams says LaRocca even used threats suicide to try to stop Williams from exposing the relationship. In the same message thread, Williams tells LaRocca “It’s destroyed beyond repair! You reap what you sew and you pay what you owe.” He goes on to say “Can you imagine what I’ve dealt with, in a truck at work? It’s almost killed me.” LaRocca responds “I can’t put myself in your shoes but right now the thought of killing myself has taken hold…”

When Williams revealed this information to me, I asked LaRocca directly “Would you consider suicide if this information is revealed to the community?” LaRocca answered “Yes, I would have nothing more to live for.” I contacted the Sheriff’s Office immediately and relayed the information to dispatchers. What officials did with the information is unknown.

Williams believes the suicide threats are just part of LaRocca’s manipulation to quell the outing of his illicit relationship – but only LaRocca would know the answer to that.

Williams planned to meet with School Officials today, but at the last minute Williams says the person he was supposed to meet, Matt Goldrick, suddenly canceled and said he would be out of town for a week. Williams also says Goldrick told him not to email the text message to him because “it would become public record.” Why Goldrick would want to keep the information from public record is anyone’s guess.

I emailed Public Information Officer, Karen Jordon, and asked if they now plan to investigate Williams’ accusation of LaRocca’s alleged abuse of power, and the threats of suicide. We have yet to receive a reply.

UPDATE: 7/26/2016, 9:54 P.M. – This morning RNRF received a partial response to our inquiries regarding Mr. LaRocca. According to Public Information Officer Karen Jordan, “There was never a meeting scheduled between any member of the district and Mr. Williams.  The only direction to Mr. Williams was that he was free to bring any documents to the district that he wished to share.” Several other questions have still gone unanswered.

UPDATE: 7/26/2016, 5:38 P.M. – Despite several requests to School Board Officials regarding a possible investigation into Mr. LaRocca, we have now learned that he will not be returning to Springstead High School to coach this year.

School officials refuse to provide truthful answers, publish media releases, or respond in a timely manner to our requests for public information. That issue will be addressed in a future RNRF article.

We will bring more on this story as it develops.

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  • Somewhat*

    Sunday, 31 July 2016, 10:31 pm
  • A case of Hurtfeelioma
    Let’s be clear u started off someone intelligent until u refered to the fact no one had a problem with Bill Clinton getting a blow job and having sexual relations in the Oval Office lol he almost got impeached for his actions with Monica it was a big deal so let’s not imply no one cared check your facts buddy

    Sunday, 31 July 2016, 10:28 pm
  • There are 3 sides to every story…one side, the other side and somewhere in the middle is the truth.

    Let’s all slow down and put this in to perspective before we jump to conclusions…and let’s all remember that those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

    To the ones who left remarks on here and are former employees of Larocca’s brother and were fired because you’re a terrible employee, do you think that you and you’re wife (who also left a comment on here) might be jaded and leave slanted comments because you’re upset that you lost you’re job? Sure sounds like it to me and you know who you are. How’s that HURTFEELIOMA treating you?

    This story is written like an enquirer article or that of a liberal media outlet, trashy and one sided. We all know that the media only focuses on negative attention and doesn’t report ALL of the details because it gets more attention for them. Ratings go up when there’s only negative and crooked journalism. Why would they go up if they told everything?

    The story does not detail the rest of the text messages that were allegedly exchanged between Williams and Larocca and how does anyone know what Williams was telling Larocca during the rest of that conversation? Do we have any idea that Williams isn’t trying to gain something or have a motive and intent to benefit from this incident with Larocca by way of extortion?

    For those of you who aren’t clear on state statutes, please refer to look it up. I’ll even help you find it, http://www.leg.state.fl.us.

    The messages only show a minimal amount of information, nor have they been confirmed as to who they actually belong to.

    I remember this one guy who was president of the country and cheated on his wife inside the Oval Office and no one seemed to have a problem with that? In fact, the same people who are bashing Larocca on here are the same ones who are probably voting for that same former president and his wife, who can’t figure out what to do with classified information.

    So why is it any different when it involves two consenting adults, with one being single and the other nearing the finish line of a divorce?

    Sounds to me like Williams has a case of HURTFEELIOMA and is using this to make himself out to be a victim, hence him displaying only select parts of a text message conversation and achieving something that will benefit him…hmm, extortion anyone? There’s that word again…weird…

    And what about the kids who learn how to wrestle? Larocca offered to help his kid get in to college via wrestling, he never claimed he would do it illegally or anything of that nature, so once again no one reads between the lines. Have the kids suffered by way of the choices these 2 adults made? Did they lose practice time? Were they treated any different? Did the effectiveness of the coaching that was given to them suffer in anyway? Did he give less effort and become less devoted as a coach? Please someone or anyone with the answers tell us!

    If the school has never received a complaint and Larocca has done a good job with the kids, this should have no bearing on him coaching and the kids will suffer from the loss of the coaching.

    I’m not even a resident of Hernando, but if this is the biggest complaint that the citizens have against him, that being him having a sex life (like the rest of the humans on this planet), then you should take a good long hard look in the mirror and hold yourself to the absolute highest standard you possibly can and never make any mistakes again for the rest of your life.

    He himself isn’t married, Williams’ ex-wife consented and as far as we know, hasn’t commented on any of this, so everyone is reacting to a select portion of the story.

    Please choose wisely when casting ballots and remember to weigh all of the facts before deciding.

    Saturday, 30 July 2016, 10:16 pm
  • By the way, I have never even met either of these people and do not know them beyond the scope of this situation and Mr. Lorocca’s decision to run for PUBLIC OFFICE (which makes his life an open book)!

    Friday, 29 July 2016, 2:19 am
  • What does his personal life have to do with this campaign? Omg, think about this question… it’s had everything to do with what kind of person he really is and it has shown us that he had been absolutely deceitful to the people of this county! He had abused his position at the school (while on a trip with these children that he supposedly mentors…I would be very upset to give out he with slept with one of the parents while on a trip with my child!) Where were the kids, who are at such an impressionable age, while they were having sex? I had always believed that it was against school policy and procedure that the staff behave this way with the parents of the students.
    THE BOSS…sorry but I’m not Mr Williams, but you sure sound angry about my comments…lol can anyone guess who you are…hummm

    Friday, 29 July 2016, 2:11 am
  • Larocca is the best influence on these young men, wrestling. The relationship with the Wrestling team is phenomenal. I commend Coach Larocca for his loyalty to the team. Making these young men believe in themselves. These accusations are past out if control. What does his personal life have to do with his campaign? NOTHING. I support Larocca 100%.

    Thursday, 28 July 2016, 8:17 pm
  • Husbands and wives cheating and leaving their spouses is nothing new. Put on your big boy pants and move on.

    Thursday, 28 July 2016, 4:48 pm
  • Jojo, Thank God you explained it all for us!?

    Thursday, 28 July 2016, 11:53 am
  • “The man’s true colors” sounds like the ex husband! If it’s not, maybe he would be interested in you because you both sound mentally unstable with A LOT of time on your hands!? The person asking for texts; unless they came from the actual cell phone provider I wouldn’t believe anything. It’s super easy to manipulate that stuff!

    P.S. The cheating wife is not anything to be fighting over but, then again… The ex husband is no gem either.

    #MakeHernandoGreatAgainLaRocca

    Thursday, 28 July 2016, 12:28 am
  • Wow what a loser. I just looked her up she isn’t even cute

    Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 11:33 pm
  • Everyone is missing the point for the most part it’s really interesting to me that the people of hernando county are still willing to defend someone who obv has mental issues. The point is he blatantly stated if this gets out I can’t help your kid get into college and stated the thought of killing himself has taken hold. Even if your his friend you have to see a problem there. Clearly he is only looking out for his best interest and from my experience in the health field stating you are going to kill yourself is sheer manipulation. People who comit suicide very rarely tell anyone they are very private about it that is why when someone commits suicide the people closest to them are shocked. Also if your running in a political race how smart is it to even say you are thinking of suicide unless you want to put an end to your political career before it starts. But then again most people in hernando aren’t the brightest of stars in the sky hence why there has been no growth in anyone from high school and act as if they are still in there 20’s with no aspirations to better themselves.

    Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 1:07 pm
  • In my opinion Lacie traded dowm. Her loss, and no I am not aquainted with any of them and Larocca, ( la cockaroacha) is NOT getting my families vote. Good day

    Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 12:13 pm
  • Time to step down,The people owe you nothing you let them down.

    Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 10:07 pm
  • Reading all the comments about Mr. Williams and why he wrote what he wrote, does any of that really matter? Does anyone not realize he is not the person who chose to run for political office and put his entire life to Be viewed under a microscope by the voters! Honestly, the issue here is not what Mr. Williams did or didn’t do or his relationship with his wife it has everything to do with the morals of the man who wants to run for office in our County! And I want to thank you mr. Williams for making us aware of the fact that this man was trying to pull the wool over the eyes of all of the voters and pretend to be someone he is NOT

    Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 6:20 pm
  • To Kathleen….aka Kathleen Burrell based on the following rap sheet I can see how you support Mr LaRocca…birds of a feather flock together
    BURRELL, KATHLEEN ELIZABETH
    HCSO11JBN005629 09/07/2011
    13:02 784.03.1a1 – BATTERY [1ct(s)]
    HCSO14JBN002557 05/17/2014
    88.231 – CONTEMPT OF COURT [1ct(s)
    HCSO15JBN000094 01/07/2015
    784.07.2b – BATTERY [1ct(s)]
    784.07.2b – BATTERY [1ct(s)]
    HCSO15JBN005980 11/15/2015
    893.13.6a – DRUGS-POSSESS [1ct(s)]
    HCSO15JBN006642 12/17/2015
    901.31 – FAILURE TO APPEAR [1ct(s)]
    HCSO16JBN000304 01/19/2016 810.02.2b – BURGL [1ct(s)]
    812.014.2c5 – LARC [1ct(s)]
    810.02.2b – BURGL [1ct(s)]
    812.014.2c5 – LARC [1ct(s)]
    HCSO16JBN003451 06/23/2016
    901.31 – FAILURE TO APPEAR [1ct(s)]
    901.31 – FAILURE TO APPEAR [1ct(s)]
    901.31 – FAILURE TO APPEAR [1ct(s)]
    901.31 – FAILURE TO APPEAR [1ct(s)]
    901.31 – FAILURE TO APPEAR [1ct(s)]

    I am grateful however tHat you have posted on here and Acknowledging your closeness to this man it only lens more credit to what his character really is as you know we are who we associate with.

    Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 6:10 pm
    • Quite a rap sheet. Yikes.

      Thursday, 28 July 2016, 8:08 am
  • I have known the Larocca family for thirty three years. I do not know what kind of commissioner he would become! I do no his family is great and neither Mike or his brothers would not hurt anyone! The divorce was imminent! It was not up to M Ike to save the marriage. He might have fell hard for the woman and wanted a better relationship with her. I think Mike was scared of hurting anyone in the picture! He will NOT commit suicide! He comes from good stock! I furthermore want to say that Jim
    ladato would ever stoop so low as to benefit his career! The man does not operate that way! Charity and honesty are his forte!

    Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 6:07 pm
  • Kiki, Larocca was obviously done with his “long term relationship” I truly doubt her life was shattered. Like Mr. Williams, she should move on and begin the healing processes. Do we even know the state of his relationship when this was going on? Mike may have broken a heart but he did not break the law. So if breaking someone’s heart is wrong I think we are all guilty!

    Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 6:02 pm
    • INCLUSIVE – IF HE WAS DONE WITH THEIR RELATIONSHIP – IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN MANLY AND UPSTANDING OF HIM TO LET HER KNOW THAT LITTLE SECRET

      Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 11:56 am
  • Just to be safe, I’m not going to vote for him.

    Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 5:56 pm
    • He has my vote, because everyone makes a mistake that is no-one else’s business!

      Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 2:25 pm
  • To Are You Kidding me…had it not been for the ex we (The voters) would still be fooled by the lies and deception that Mike delivered to all of us! Perhaps if he were the man he wanted us to believe that he was we may have had a good man in office. however, that was not the man he really is and the man he really is is a very Scandalous, deceptive, sneaky, selfish and morally Unsound. Who cares why the ex did this, let’s all just be thankful that he did it before we elected a phony into office!

    Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 5:41 pm
    • To the man’s true colors. I don’t see your point. This is all hear say and to be honest, who he has relations with has nothing to do with “OFFICE” I bet you have some things you have done too. None of this private relationship crap matters to me.

      Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 2:24 pm
  • Two consenting adults did what adults do in private. What’s the big deal? I never met a man that could say NO to that particular act when approached by an attractive woman…NEVER. It is the woman’s responsibility to use good judgement and make smart decisions. Men are incapable when it comes to making whoopee of making level headed choices. Larocca , you ain’t wrong bub.

    Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 2:05 pm
  • I can’t believe that I just read this!! This is not news! x hubby needs to redirect his anger at his x!

    Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 1:37 pm
  • EVERYONE IS STATING THAT LA ROCCA DID NOTHING WRONG BECAUSE THE WILLIAM’S WERE GETTING DIVORCED – HAS EVERYONE FORGOTTEN THAT MIKE WAS ALREADY IN A LONG TERM RELATIONSHIP WITH ANOTHER WOMAN – HER LIFE HAS BEEN SHATTERED BY HIS INFIDELITY – SO YES – CLEARLY HE DID DO SOMETHING WRONG

    Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 1:07 pm
  • RNRF do you not receive funds for a add on your vehicle that has the brothers name. I surely hope he pulls it and no longer helps fund you. This article was not news worthy, nothin more than a tabloid gossip article. Disappointed in RNRF

    Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 12:24 pm
  • RNRF throwin’ round the drama, once again.

    Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 11:46 am
  • It never ceases to amaze the people of Hernando County.
    I read the article, read the comments and talked with LaRocca.

    * Both are consenting adults

    * LaRocca was (is) single.

    * Who know what this woman told him. (I’m single, divorced, getting divorce, etc)

    *Williams seems to have issues. Divorce was taking place regardless of relationship.

    * Ladato is using this to strengthen his platform. He has now entered himself as a political scumbag to engage in this.

    *RNRF writing articles of fact are informative but to feed into such a one sided lovers quarrel. SAD

    * Are we looking to what LaRocca can bring to the table as a county commissioner?

    * Research on all candidates will show some they all have a public record that doesn’t show them as citizens with a clear past.

    *Before you cast that stone. Make sure you know the facts.

    Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 11:44 am
    • He screwed one of his wrestler’s mom on an out of town, school sponsored wrestling match. And he was the Coach. No Character, integrity or honor. Not much of a man or Marine.

      Friday, 29 July 2016, 3:47 pm
  • Let’s make this discussion juicier by publishing those texts between him and her.

    Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 10:30 am
  • Michael is a good man with good values and people make mistakes but don’t think he can’t do his job mike you are getting our vote in the Burrell family we think you will make better choices then rubbing one off in a patrol car on duty in uniform or allowing our cops to lie on paperwork for a conviction.I am sorry but really mikes private life should stay private and to push this issue anymore is not doing any good for anyone Tom you can see mike is already upset and if he is talking about taking his own life then why keep doing look at this whole gossip story .Drama where there shod not be come on Hernando county we are better then this….

    Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 10:22 am
  • Btw… Mr Williams does not look way worse! In fact Mr. Williams has disclosed his own personal affairs in order that we might make the people of Hernando County be completely aware of the true colors of this man! Please don’t ever regret letting the truth be known about the “wolf in sheep’s clothing” Two faced, sneaky and phoney! Would the real Mike La Rocca please step DOWN!

    Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 10:03 am
  • Okay, explain this to me, why would a man say he felt so much “guilt and shame” if he done nothing wrong (refer to his words in the text shown above). Why would a man say “I don’t know how I’ll do that if this gets out” if he had done nothing he needs to hide? In his own words listed above this man shows us he lacks morals! He didn’t even want us to know what his true colors were! This is not an innocent man! Illegal maybe not but morally sound definitely not! Now this man will say whatever we need to hear because he also indicates he’s not going to be able to do anything without this position! Which also shows his true colors! Sneaky! It shows he is someone who has a great sense and ability on how to use his position. Now tell me do we need any more of this in Hernando County! Knowing he was going to be facing the eyes of everyone in this County and he still proceeded to act without morals, he shows that he thinks he is smarter than us and obviously he thinks he is better than us… People this answers itself it’s all right there! This shouldn’t even be a question in our minds! He should not even be running, he should be stepping down or thrown out of the race. The people of this County need to step up and demand a better quality of people, so that we can live a better quality of life! I want to thank Mr.Williams for letting us know what kind of man we are actually dealing with! Mr.LaRocca thought he pulled the wool right over our eyes! Scary thing is…he did and would have gotten away with it had someone else not shown us!

    Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 9:57 am
  • I’m a longtime resident of Hernando County and knew Mike in high school. As a fellow coach for many years, there is an unwritten ethical code that coaches should abide by. Whether the marriage had emotionally ended or not, Mike still crossed the line, especially to that young man that he has a moral responsibility to when he made the decision to become a coach/mentor. Both of these men are immature idiots! The real victim is the boy who will now have to hear about this from his peers when school starts in a few weeks. All the adults in the situation should be shameful for their participatory role.

    Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 8:17 am
  • not for nothing but we all have private lives and many in the bedroom..lol you really need to get a life if you are so concerned as to what is going on inside some ones pants.. Life goes on. marriages dissolve. people get involved with other people. it can be hurtful emotionally but its best to not let it consume your every thought. also as far as texts you cant get text apps that mask numbers to seem like they are from other numbers aka spoof apps and or just change the name to make it appear like the person sent it. I had a friend arrested for an order of restraint bc the other person did this and when he brought in his actual cell phone statement showing he never sent a text, the charge was dismissed. Never believe everything you see.

    Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 7:40 am
  • A lot of the comments made by some above must have been mentored by Bill Clinton. For the morally stupid ones I will explain. If the candidate was not running for office no one would care what he does, except for the parties involved. BUT!!!
    He wants to be an elected official. Can he be trusted to make good decisions?? Did He had sex with a married woman.
    Did He do it on school wrestling trips?? Was the youngest child on the same trip?? Did he say he had suicidal thoughts if this got out?? Did he offer to help the wrestler get into a good college if everyone kept quiet??
    Does he make good decisions??? NO, he did not. He has a level of immaturity that is prenominal. Does he lack the character and integrity our elected officials need???? I say he does NOT have what it takes to be trusted!!!.

    Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 7:27 am
  • We ask fer community events
    This ain’t what we where talking about

    Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 7:25 am
  • Dear Abby Says: put this in my paper not RNRF. As stated earlier, this guy would fit in here in Hernando, deputy’s smacking there chicken on duty, Nicholson breaking the law with a prostitute, rowden getting special favors from the VA the list just goes on……………………………………………….

    Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 5:18 am
  • Kick his steroid lookin *** Justin ohhhh thats you um never mind, and this is a story he’s running for office blah another liberal with no morals amd what about the kid mom real winner too. Thanks tom good story.

    Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 5:02 am
  • I think the community would be better served to get a picture of this lady that everyone is getting worked up for like this. Williams , sounds to me like Larocca is doing you a HUGE favor by getting Ms. Thang out of your hair. Do you know why divorce is so expensive? It’s worth it!!!

    Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 3:12 am
  • How can any of you freak losers be on LaRocca’s side. He is a home wrecker. They were only getting a divorce AFTER she was caught cheating. That was in the first article. The people bashing RNRF are also losers. This IS NEWS when LaRocca put himself in the public eye by running for office. The viewers need to know his character. Keep up the good reporting RNRF.

    Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 3:09 am
  • Just another Springstead wrestling coach who is a scumbag bully.

    Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 1:56 am
    • First off, as a former Springstead High wrestling coach, I find your comment to be both a really stupid and uninformed generalization. Secondly, if you ARE going to make such a stupid/uninformed generalization at least don’t hide behind a phony username–moron.

      Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 2:17 pm
  • LaRocca’s suicide threats to…BOTH…Mr Williams…AND…Mr Lemons
    screams of an unstable man.
    I would be too scared to vote for him. Who knows what he may do if
    things didn’t go his way while in office.

    He is also admitting to helping Mr Williams child advance by any means
    possible.
    That tells me he is an UNSCRUPULOUS man that will do FAVORS
    While in office!
    Truth be told, he has probably already promised favors for votes!! (j/s)

    That is NOT the kind of man I could vote for!

    @Mr Williams ~ You need to just move on, because if your wife cheated
    on you with LaRocca, chances are that she will cheat again with someone
    else…..smh

    Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 1:43 am
  • Sounds like nothing but a pity party cause your wife cheated on you. Grow up. Move on. There’s real problems out in this world. ? Should change real news real fast to scandals or gossip girls! Let’s talk about something that actually matters!

    Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 12:38 am
  • Give me a break. This man is HUMAN. We all make mistakes and say things we shouldn’t. Why follow up on the story? He hasn’t committed any crime. All of you sheep should be ashamed of yourselves! You’re not gonna vote for someone who “crossed the line”? Good luck at the presidential poles! Whatever you do, try not to contradict yourselves. In this story, the ex-husband clearly can’t come to terms with a woman that no longer wanted to be with him. Instead of taking pity on him and aiding his cause to bury and ruin LaRocca’s life, why don’t you stop putting LaRocca on blast and investigate why this other guy’s wife wanted a divorce in the first place and make another unconstructive story regarding that. Maybe he’s trying put all the blame on LaRocca because he’s hiding something. Maybe he was a terrible husband… Maybe he beat his wife… Remember there’s 2 sides to every story. If LaRocca really is suicidal, all you’re doing is pushing him closer to the edge. You’re a bully and an accessory. I hope you sleep well each night after your busy days sitting at Dunkin’ Donuts, Panera and Starbucks reporting BS like this. You’re what’s wrong with this country. A match gets lit and you and the rest of the media pour kerosine on it. Go report on real issues that matter. To the rest of the bottom-dwellers that feed on this garbage, put social media down and go find some humanity again.

    Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 12:29 am
  • So let me get this straight, LaRocca did nothing illegal, was willing to apologize to this guy, still wanting to help his kid, and somehow is getting negative press? I can’t help but think that this is all too conveniently timed. Mr. Williams it sucks what happened between you and your wife but let it go. Doing this only makes you look way worse. My vote is for the coach that’s helped many kids, the man that served our country, and the leader this county needs.

    Monday, 25 July 2016, 11:46 pm
  • Domenique, do you personally know all the parties involved? Did he hold a gun to this woman’s head and say you better leave this nut job for me? Get out of here! This is why this County will never be any better than it is. The majority in this County are stupid. I’m sure you’re a Hillary supporter too!

    Monday, 25 July 2016, 11:09 pm
    • well said Domenique’s Daddy, well said.

      Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 12:17 am
  • I can see why the wife left him. What grown man acts like this? Attacking someone else’s character because your wife doesn’t want to be with you? It sounds like the ex husband needs some serious therapy. If this is news then Hernando County has bigger issues!

    Monday, 25 July 2016, 11:04 pm
  • Really rnrf a follow up article…???? Leave the man alone

    Monday, 25 July 2016, 10:50 pm
  • I asked larocca why he wanted to run against a great man like jimmy ladato, he said, “eh it sounded like it would be good. So why not”… ummmm , I’d rather have someone like jimmy who actually wants the job !

    Monday, 25 July 2016, 10:18 pm
  • Over a “private” relationship ?! These things happen every day , get over yourselves…probably all voting for “Killary”….

    Monday, 25 July 2016, 9:48 pm
    • You related to Bill Clinton??

      Friday, 29 July 2016, 3:49 pm
  • LETS FACE FACTS, anyone can have messages sent to them with the name loracca! Let’s see proof it came from his phone!!! Besides that this is a man scorn and Tom I’m disappointed stay out of the politics. It’s a drama show. Sad but true.

    Monday, 25 July 2016, 9:39 pm
  • That wrestling coach is trash…he ain’t gonna help nobody get into college he’s garbage. Where’s coach Swenson at when you need him boys!!!!!!! He’s the real MVP!!!!

    Monday, 25 July 2016, 9:37 pm
  • Lol. I knew Mike in high school and I can totally see him hooking up with a married lady. But, whatever. Does that mean he won’t make a good County Commis? Who knows. What I don’t like are the suicide comments. Like, really? You would kill yourself if this news got out? Come on, buddy. Be a little more stable. THAT isn’t someone I would want representing us, but the other stuff?— no worse than any other current or past county commissioner. My question is- if his voice isn’t heard and the difference he wants to make doesn’t come to fruition is he going to kill himself? A little ridiculous, Mike…..

    Monday, 25 July 2016, 8:43 pm
  • First off the article clearly says they were going through a divorce and he’s not a married man. The man is hurt because his wife didn’t want him back not the coachs fault. It has nothing to do with his coaching abilities or ability to be a commissioner. The fact that he’s been a mentor for the community and helped the students get a brighter future is evident. It is sad that a scorned man brought this to the media for only the reason of revenge, it’s got no relevance to his coaching or political ability. Stop making mountains out of mole hills!

    Monday, 25 July 2016, 7:52 pm
  • He will NOT get our vote and i will get the word out tbere

    Monday, 25 July 2016, 7:35 pm
  • Rofl too funny… What goes around comes around he wanted to be a homewrecker and knew full well what he was doing from the get go. Sounds like a smooth move for someone who knew damn well he is in the public eye. I have no sympathy for someone who could be so damn stupid.

    Monday, 25 July 2016, 7:29 pm
  • When you read about this kind of deceit and manipulation of other people’s lives, YOU MUST ASK YOURSELF; How can anyone vote for someone who is so capable of “crossing the line” between right and wrong?

    I know I can’t and I won’t … Please, to whoever reads this, make your choice carefully.

    Of our other two candidates, Joe Swilley has a checkered past – previous drug conviction, past charges of domestic violence and an admitted (past tense) drug addict. And incumbent Commissioner, Nick Nicholson, who even though had a past relationship with a woman of questionable character, was single and is still single and was never arrested or charged with any wrong doing.

    Clearly, so what do you do? No one can tell you how you should vote. And I’m not trying to.

    But when it comes to comparing educational background, experience and qualifications, one candidate stands heads and shoulders above the other two. For me it’s a very simple choice.

    I’m sticking with our incumbent. In this case it’s much better to dance with the commissioner you know and not the one you don’t.

    Happy voting and good luck to Mr. Larocca and Mr. Swilley, whom I’m sure have their hearts in the right place.

    Monday, 25 July 2016, 7:15 pm
  • que the larocca defenders.. such scum

    Monday, 25 July 2016, 6:44 pm
  • Is Micheal LaRocca really who we as citizens of Hernando County want representing us on the Board of County Commissioners? My answer to that question is NO. We all have to make our own decisions on the matter so each of you will have to decide.

    Monday, 25 July 2016, 6:23 pm
    • agreed, what a loser, get a life mr larocca. He seems to be vindictive anyway. I think he’d smear anyones name that went out with his wife. Im smelling a lawsuit…….

      Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 4:59 am
      • meant to write get a life mr. williams- oops

        Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 5:05 am
  • This would be more appropriately placed on a gossip blog or social media rant than on a news site. I applaud RNRF looking out for the people, but this story is beneath you. The man who was cuckolded is understandably hurt and is acting out. If Hernando county voters keep voting in nutbags like Rowden and Nicholson and don’t mind county law enforcement officers rubbing one off in their patrol unit while on our dime, I’d say the Coach is a shoe-in.

    Monday, 25 July 2016, 6:13 pm
  • Sounds like Justin is looking for a scapegoat. Seems like he was not willing to admit his marriage was over. If his wife moved on, so should he. Trying to smear the name of someone who now fills the void in Lacie’s life, is pathetic. Justin you’re not the first person to have their wife decide she no longer wanted to be in a marriage. I don’t know how any of Coach LaRocca’s activities have jeopardize any student’s education. If he can help get your child in to college, let him help. Causing resentment not only causes more problems, it also keeps others from wanting to get involved. I hope you don’t think all this attention will make your wife come back. Blowing this situation out of proportion just might be one of the reason she no longer wants to stay.

    Monday, 25 July 2016, 6:09 pm
  • I don’t know either of these men, but Mr Williams should move on….for whatever reason, his ex wife doesn’t want to be married to him anymore.

    Monday, 25 July 2016, 5:59 pm

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