Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Some Spice in Otherwise Dreary Politics

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Some Spice in Otherwise Dreary Politics

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Byline: Ron Littlepage

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Thank goodness we have had some political eruptions locally that can take our minds off the lousy state of the presidential campaigns.

Can you say Corrine Brown?

The congresswoman thinks she owns the 5th Congressional District seat she has occupied since 1992.

Since she helped design the absurdly gerrymandered district while she was in the state Legislature, she has called dibs on it for as long as she wants just as she intended.

Needless to say, Brown was highly offended when Florida's voters approved an anti-gerrymandering constitutional amendment in 2010 and is particularly peeved that the 5th has now been redrawn to run on an east-west line to Tallahassee instead of along a snake-like route to Orlando.

She claims it's all about denying African-Americans a voice in Congress. Not really, that voice just may not belong to her.

Earlier this week, a federal court told Brown to take a hike, that the new district was fair and would likely still elect a candidate African-American voters favor.

Brown taking a permanent hike from Congress would be a good thing, but she is likely to keep fighting. A feeling of entitlement is a hard thing to let go of.

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If the new district stands and Brown decides to run for re-election, I'm going to take a wild guess that the federal investigation and subpoenas swirling around Brown will be mentioned more than once by opponents.

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Speaking of legal troubles, state Rep. Reggie Fullwood, take a bow.

Last week, the Jacksonville Democrat was charged with federal fraud and tax crimes.

One allegation is that he used money in his election campaign account to pay for personal expenses.

Another is that he didn't file federal income tax returns from 2011 to 2014.

Even if the funny money from his campaign account isn't proved, no tax returns is enough to disqualify him from holding office.

An elected official who isn't smart enough to file income tax returns - hello, there's plenty of talk about Tax Day - is not smart enough to be in the Legislature. …

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