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Sunday, September 16, 2012

What voter fraud? Oh, THAT voter fraud! Robert Wexler of Palm Beach and suburban Maryland was the trailblazer! Maryland Democrat withdraws from MD-1 race after allegations she voted in 2 states -the other being -wait for it- Florida, are confirmed; What voter fraud? Joe Gibbons!


When I first heard about this story on Tuesday morning after reading the latest on the Orioles amazing winning ways in the Baltimore Sun's sports section -only ten times better than the Miami Herald's and or Sun-Sentinel's combined- I must admit that the political romantic in me hoped that the woman caught up in a political ethical scandal before she could even be elected to Congress, Wendy Rosen, was from either Broward County or Miami-Dade, so there'd be yet another South Florida angle to a political scandal, but sadly, she's from mundane St. Pete, the land of the equivocating (Charlie) Crists.


When she isn't from Maryland... 
But she's described by Politico as being a "Miami native," so we have that at least.

The day after Rosen dropped-out of the race, a newspaper story appeared that recounted how her opponent, Republican incumbent Andy Harris, an anesthesiologist, was involved in a life-saving rescue involving a small child on the road he was traveling on while campaigning.
Can you imagine? 

You don't have to be a political genius to know that the odds of a write-in candidate -John LaFerla- trying to fill the void of a major party candidate who drops-out and successfully map a battle plan that knocks-off a popular incumbent, with only nine weeks to go, has enough problems on their hands before a newspaper in the CD runs a headline that reads, essentially, "Incumbent saves boy's life."

But political reality is stranger than fiction.
Even in places not named Florida.

The Baltimore Sun
Democrat withdraws from 1st District congressional race after allegations she voted in two states
Rosen says she registered in Fla. to support friend there
By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun
9:50 a.m. EDT, September 11, 2012
Wendy Rosen, the Democratic challenger to Republican Rep. Andy Harris in the 1st Congressional District, withdrew from the race Monday amid allegations that she voted in elections in both Maryland and Florida in 2006 and 2008.
It was unclear, however, whether she could remove her name from the ballot with the election less than two months away. Under state law, a candidate has until 70 days before an election to remove his or her name from the ballot. The deadline for the Nov. 6 election passed on Aug. 28.
Read the rest of the article at:

Harris saves boy's life along U.S. Route 50 
September 12, 2012 5:30 am 
Updated: 6:27 pm, Tue Sep 11, 2012.


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Wendy Rosen campaign website: http://www.wendyrosen.com/
Andy Harris congressional website: http://harris.house.gov/

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