Have you ever heard of Meyer Marks?
I didn’t think so.
But, you’re about to learn enough about him here to make it so that you’ll hope, pray, threaten and cajole so you never have to hear about him again.
From his own Facebook Page, Mr. Marks – is a government affairs consultant with his firm Marks and Associates. In fact, he asserts that he is and has been (since 1988) the President of this establishment.
While busy bustling around with Marks and Associates, in 2010 Marks was also the Republican nominee for Maryland House of Delegates in District 16 and is, this year (and now, anyway) seeking election to the office of State Senator from the same District (16). I say “and now, anyway” because for a brief while Marks was running for Governor of MD)
And, it was during his whole pipe dream of running for Governor era for Marks where this glad story of “Marks Abuses a Young Contractor Out of Money” really begins to unfold.
Let me now introduce you to Tex Fischer. Tex is now back in Youngstown, OH (birthplace of my adoptive mom) after spending some time in MD. I met Tex at the most recent MDGOP Convention – so I guess I may owe him an apology for my boorish behavior, as well.
As the talented Mr. Tex tells the tale, he met Meyer Marks not quite one year ago – and was quickly scooped up by Marks to do some work for old’ Meyer’s fledgling Gubernatorial campaign. From what Tex told me:
“I was put in contact with him in spring of 2013, and I began to do a little work for him, at the time he said he was running for governor. He asked me to design a website and clean up his social media presence. I did all of those things, despite him being an incredibly difficult person to work with. We initially had an agreement in principle, but once I read a scam report about him not paying for a computer he ordered I insisted he sign a contract. He made a fuss, but eventually signed a contract stating he would pay me $500 by 5 months from the date of the signing. That 5 month period was over in September of 2013.”
And, here it is – after having another five-plus months gone by – and Tex still hasn’t seen his first dime from Marks, who as a Republican, should know better and reward hard, good work. In fact, Tex adds, that one of the last times he contacted Marks for payment (Dude, you’re charging WAY too little for the work you do!). Marks accused Tex of harassing him, while making the claim he has too many expenses to pay (instead of giving Tex the $500 he owes him).
Tex also told me that “(Recently) I asked him again about the money and he made a statement saying that the contract he signed wasn’t legal because I’m 17 years old (turning 18 in May).” Which begs the question – How many ways can a legal adult abuses a minor?
(Meyer Marks: Contemplating Ways to Screw Other Workers Out of Money…)
Well, legally anyway, Marks may have a bit of a point there. A contract signed by a minor is voidable because the minor does not have the legal capacity to make commitments in a contract, according to some legal “answer site” I found. Morally, however, Meyer Marks does not have a leg to stand on.
For the record, I contacted Meyer Marks on Monday afternoon with the following message:
“Hey, Meyer. I hope all is going well for you. Tex Fischer is alleging that you owe him $500.00 for services performed (since September of 2013) and that you are telling him that a contract signed between the two of you is invalid because of his being a minor. Did he do the work for you as he is saying? Any other comments you’d care to make?”
And, although he saw my message at 8:05 PM that same night, I’ve yet to hear anything back. And, by your silence you shall be hanged….
With no word from Meyer Marks, I asked a number of other folks what they knew and/or thought about him. The very first words I received in response to that question were that he is “nuts.”
A few folks told me that Marks is using a homeless shelter as his campaign office; I heard rumors of unreturned computers and of potential violations being looked into by the States Attorney – and another one told me that he still owes money to various vendors from his 2010 race.
Which means, of course, that Tex Fischer will likely never see the money that Marks owes him. Tex seems to get that, as well, as he told me earlier today that, “As far as legal action, I haven’t looked into it. I really doubt that I’ll ever get the money he owes me. I just want people to know how big of a bum he is.”
Now, I’ve gotten stiffed by candidates before – but never for more than $50 or so for reimbursements. I know a fair number of others who’ve gotten stiffed by candidates, too. That is an epidemic that simply must stop occurring. And it will, if I have anything to say about it.
This is especially true when a candidate turns a minor into an indentured servant – then boots him out and has the gall and audacity to accuse the very minor he owes money of harassing him. Way to tell Tex not to begin working until he’s a legal adult or else you might get screwed, you f*cking moron!