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December 22, 2006

Democrats Raise Money For Convicted Felon

Time for a pop-quiz.  It will be self-graded, so you are on the honor system (which works with Conservatives).

1.  If a Republican government official is convicted of a felony, democrats respond by:

A.  Looking the other way.
B.  Gathering their top leadership together to host a fundraiser for his next election campaign.
C.  Stomping, screaming, shouting and demanding that this corrupt official step-down or be removed from office.

Answer:  C

2.  If a democrat government official is convicted of a felony, democrats respond by:

A.  Looking the other way.
B.  Gathering their top leadership together to host a fundraiser for his next election campaign.
C.  Stomping, screaming, shouting and demanding that this corrupt official step-down or be removed from office.

(Hint: Read the post title)

Answer: B

The invitations have been sent out for a fundraiser to help Siplin in his 2008 reelection to the Florida Senate with minority leader Steve Geller as one of the hosts.

Now, I understand that Siplin's conviction is pending appeal, and the Senate is waiting on that ruling before deciding whether to allow him to stay and so he is allowed to stay in the Senate.  But you have to wonder if a Republican would be given the same grace.  If there is any doubt, let me assure you, the answer is no.

With as much as they talk about the "culture of corruption" on the Republican side, it always amazes me that democrats are completely unwilling to hold any of their own accountable for their actions.

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Actually, there is an interesting curse for this State Senate Ditrict. In 1978, Democrat George Stuart, Jr. gets elected to this seat and holds it for the next 12 years. In 1986, Stuart is challenged Republican Doug Guetzloe. Though Stuart wins, his family office supply business later goes out of business and Stuart never runs for office again. In the 1990 GOP primary for this seat, Rich Crotty defeats Doug Guetzloe. Guetzloe is now going to jail for election law violations and Crotty is being investigated for personal business dealings as Orange County Mayor. After Crotty left this seat in 1992 to become the Orange County Property Appraiser, Buddy Dyer is elected to fill the vacancy. Years later, Dyer was removed from his office as Mayor of Orlando (temporarily) after being charged with election fraud. Dean Mosely, the GOP challenger to then State Senator Buddy Dyer in 1998, was the one-time lawyer for "vote broker" Ezzie Thomas, who's activies almost put Buddy Dyer in jail in the first place. Term limits force Dyer out (and into the mayor's office) and in 2002 General Election, Democrat Gary Siplin defeats the Republican Tony Saurez (who was a Democrat previously) for this seat. In 2006, Gary Siplin is convicted of several felonies, and though unable to vote as a convicted felon in Florida, is still serving as the district's state senator until his appeals run out.

What can we gather form all of this? That running for this senate is cursed.

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