Article from Florida Today, dated July 12, 2009:
Matt Nye steps into spotlight, changes game
Tired of sideline, he mobilizes conservatives by the masses
Matt Nye wanted nothing to do with politics until just a couple of years ago.
His father told him early on that “voting only encourages them.” He complained a lot about government, but never tried to change anything.
So it’s a major change for the 37-year-old Internet-telephone salesman and former mortgage broker to now be immersed in politics. He’s the lead organizer of the Brevard County “tea parties,” the latest of which attracted some 3,000 people to Space Coast Stadium on July 4.
Nye serves on the Brevard Republican Executive Committee and is chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus of Central East Florida, which represents the Libertarian wing of the party. County commissioners recently appointed Nye to influential government boards, where he can shape government and business in Brevard from the inside out.
And then there’s his role as modern-day pamphleteer. Besides a tea party Web site, Nye maintains the Space Coast Politics blog, where he quotes Libertarian author Ayn Rand and rails against the “liberal media” and big government spending. Another Nye site is dedicated to attacking County Attorney Scott Knox.
“I am not your typical volunteer organizer,” Nye said in a recent interview, twisting a silver ring with a Superman “S” logo. “I don’t play well in groups.”
All of that points to a more ambitious effort, Nye said — one that could force some soul-searching among local Republicans.
He said he plans to run for the Brevard County Commission in 2010, the seat currently held by fellow Republican Mary Bolin.
He’s tired of being “on the outside yelling for change,” Nye said.
Within months, Nye has gone from outsider to insider partly because of the election of conservative commissioners in South Brevard. Commissioner Trudie Infantini appointed him to the Charter Review Commission, charged with proposing changes to the fundamental operations and ground rules of county government. And Commissioner Andy Anderson named Nye to the board of directors of the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast, the agency entrusted to recruiting industry.
But the man who preaches fiscal responsibility as he rails against wasteful government spending has suffered his share of financial disasters, including bankruptcy, foreclosure and a federal tax lien.