THERE IS JUSTICE AT LAST...BUT WHY DID IT GET THIS FAR?
Special Prosecutor Brad King of Ocala has dismissed all charges against Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and three co-defendants related to alleged violations of the state election law barring paying or receiving payment for collecting absentee ballots. Shortly afterward today Jeb! signed an executive order ending Mayor Dyer's suspension and reinstating him to office.
Anyone with half a brain should have known that this was a politically motivated move. While it was not any of the defendants' intent to violate the law, it has come out since that a number of political candidates seeking the African-American vote in Orange County --- including now-U.S. Senator Mel Martinez and now-Secretary of State Glenda Hood --- did exactly the same thing while they were local officials in Metro Orlando. So if one intends to go fo Mayor Dyer, why not investigate Martinez' and Hood's campaigns as well?
Former Mayor Bill Frederick put it best when he told the Orlando Sentinel:
"I cannot express my incredulity at the stupidity of this prosecutor," Frederick said. "If he happened to think that this deserved a slap on the wrist, he should have dealt with it in the grand jury room. It's unconscionable that he brought this to the brink of a trial."
Amen, brother! Welcome back, Buddy!