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Documents Show Curry’s Former Chief Administrator, Political Strategist Worked For JEA Bidder

Sam Mousa, Tim Baker, Mayor Lenny Curry, City Council President Lenny Curry, former JEA CEO Aaron Zahn, Chief Administrative Officer Brian Hughes all sitting next to each other at a baseball game, showed on the fan cam.
Fan cam of Cardinals vs Braves playoff games on Oct. 4, 2019/ Via the Florida Times-Union
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Lobbyists Sam Mousa and Tim Baker (Back Row), along with former JEA CEO Aaron Zahn, City Council President Scott Wilson, Mayor Lenny Curry and CAO Brian Hughes (front row) at a baseball game in Atlanta

NextEra Energy, the parent company of Florida Power and Light, hired Sam Mousa and Tim Baker, two local lobbyists with close ties to Mayor Lenny Curry, in connection to their attempt to purchase JEA, according to a response to a subpoena it received last month from a Jacksonville City Council investigative committee.

The revelation that Baker and Mousa worked for NextEra raises a number of questions, including whether Baker was offering policy advice to JEA while working for the company considered to be the front-runner to win the competition to buy the city-owned utility.

The Times-Union has revealed Baker provided advice to JEA officials during a private meeting in 2019 and that JEA’s now-fired leader Aaron Zahn tried to hire him to help with his controversial and costly attempt to sell JEA. Baker also sat in on a secret meeting last July, when JEA officials discussed their then-confidential plans to privatize the utility.

Read the entire story from WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union here.