Scandal in Palm Bay latest black mark for controversial campaign consultant Robert Burns

Developer Brian West was arrested Friday for allegedly offering Palm Bay City Council members money to rezone a tract of land he wants to develop for commercial use.

West denies the allegations and was released on bond. Nonetheless, the supporting cast in his arrest affidavit includes many familiar names in Palm Bay’s political and business spheres.

Councilmember Brian Anderson is thought to be the confidential source who assisted the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s investigation and West is accused of trying to bribe councilmembers Jeff Bailey and Kenny Johnson. Hotelier Puneet “PK” Kapur is accused of helping West set up meetings to discuss vote-buying.

Also in the mix: Robert Burns.

Burns is no stranger to controversy. He recently served as campaign manager for Marcie Adkins’ House District 53 bid, and his background and actions often landed hear in the headlines — and not in a good way.

In the leadup to the Republican primary, he made anti-Semitic comments about incumbent Rep. Randy Fine, taunted Fine’s mother on Mother’s Day, and had his criminal record — including allegations of rape and child abuse — read aloud at a press conference.

Now, he’s dealing with an accusation

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