Guillam’s false legal argument, Bundy continues to be embarrassed | DayNews Comments

Two former Florida politicians made headlines for putting them on naughty lists as Santa made his rounds.

Both have something in common: Florida voters should never have supported them in the first place.

When Andrew Gillum announced his run for governor four years ago, some Democrats were giddy with excitement.

I’m not. The former mayor of Tallahassee is embroiled in a long-running FBI investigation. Almost every piece of news that gets out looks like another red flag. But Democrats nominated him anyway, and now voters have new cause for regret.

this latest news A federal judge rejected the argument that Gillum — who is facing charges of wire fraud and lying to the FBI — was targeted primarily “because he is a black candidate for governor.”

Even if you believe that Gillum was selectively prosecuted (mind you, the Democrat-controlled Justice Department), that’s not reason to give him a pass. This will be grounds for suing others. A federal judge called Gillum’s arguments “baseless.”

Gillum had eased when he paid a $5,000 fine to settle ethics charges related to his trips to Costa Rica and New York with the lobbyist, as well as tickets to Broadway shows.

There have been many reports of these shady activities forward First and foremost – a main reason I think Democrat Gwen Graham is the better choice.

Gillum was not convicted. But he’s clearly squirming. So Democrats should pick them as their party’s nominee too, despite the evidence enough to be worrisome.

If Democrats regret nominating Gillum, Florida Republicans should be equally ashamed, having actually elected Pam Bondi to be the state’s attorney general.

Just before Christmas, new records from a congressional committee dated Jan. 6 show that some Donald Trump supporters tried to pressure a witness to whitewash her testimony with promises of protection and jobs. One of those mentioned is Bundy.

A lawyer told former Trump aide Cassidy Hutchinson, “The less you remember, the better.” Hutchinson said Bundy contacted her before she testified to let her know Trump was considering her, And one of the former president’s allies “has a job for you that we all think you’d be good at.”

If true, it’s thug-like behavior — the kind you’d expect from a gangster movie consultant, not a lawyer freak.

Florida voters, however, have ample evidence that Bundy wasn’t wealthy all those years ago.

she deposed two of them State’s top foreclosure fraud watchdog They clearly work too hard for the consumer’s benefit.

She was found to have asked for a delay in her long-awaited execution – not to ensure the punishment was just, but so that she could take part in a fundraising party.

she cashed $25,000 campaign check, an improper donation from one of Trump’s charities, when citizens of the state begged her office to go after one of Trump’s get-rich-quick schemes. (Spoiler alert: she doesn’t.)

When Pam Bundy was Florida Attorney General and her office was called to investigate Donald Trump's Florida business operations, she was found to have cashed in an improper $25,000 campaign ticket from Donald Trump Cheque. Now, in the Jan. 6 investigation, her name appears in a connection campaign on Trump's behalf.

Like Gillum, all of this was widely reported ahead of her seeking re-election. Voters in Florida, however, re-elected Bundy over a longtime lawyer and children’s advocate with an impeccable record.

Readers often ask why so many politicians in Florida get arrested for doing mean and questionable things.Well, one big reason is that when politicians run for office already Doing things that are rude and questionable – voters support them no matter what.

I didn’t want to write a holiday-themed column that only focused on naughtiness. So let’s end with something good, even if we have to leave the political arena to find it.

Instead, we turned to Copacabana.

maybe you see Wednesday’s Front Page Stories About how Barry Manilow regularly donates $10,000 to local school music programs before performing in the local community. Well, ahead of his Jan. 17 concert in Orlando, I have to admit, given the timing, I have a special affinity for one of the schools running for the award — Jones High.

Jones High School Choir Director Andrea Green, center, leads the singers in rehearsals for Handel's performance for the school's 50th anniversary celebration earlier this month "Messiah." The school is now pursuing a $10,000 grant from Barry Manilow.

Earlier this month, Jones performed the 50th annual performance of Handel’s Messiah, a tradition started by a beloved music teacher who wanted to challenge her students to perform a song from the service A tune that many teens who lack community have never even heard. My wife and I attended this year’s concert, with the Orlando Philharmonic providing accompaniment to students and alumni. We left inspired.

Jones also received an award from Manilow a few years ago. So I’m sure either school is worth taking. But it’s telling that an artist who has sold 85 million albums and is sure to retire without looking back is still trying to spread his love of music to students and their often underrated teachers.

smaxwell@orlandosentinel.com