Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Putting a Spin on Election Goof

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Putting a Spin on Election Goof

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Consider the irony.

Jacksonville City Councilman John Crescimbeni wants to be Duval County supervisor of elections, the person in charge of elections locally.

That's right, Crescimbeni, the guy who goofed up his paperwork when qualifying for a state House District 17 special election, sending Democrats scrambling for a replacement and Republicans seeking a court order to give them a victory without the bother of an actual election.

As if the local elections office hasn't had enough problems of its own.

Now Crescimbeni wants to straighten the office out.

Filing at the last minute for the House race, Crescminbeni forgot that the elections law required him to resign from the council before qualifying. He apparently skipped over the sentence reminding him of that when he signed an oath stating that he already had resigned.

That's a pretty big oops, which is something no one wants to hear from an elections supervisor or a dentist.

"I see this as an honest mistake that could happen to anybody and I'm taking my lumps as result of the mistake I made," Crescimbeni said. "I would hope the citizens of Jacksonville would take some comfort in the fact that I recognized my mistake and that I'm suffering the consequences from it, as opposed to filing a complaint or challenging the rules or challenging the system."

Sounds reasonable. To his credit, Crescimbeni withdrew from the House race once he realized his error. He didn't try to cheat. He didn't fake a resignation letter. He goofed, so he quit the race.

"I keep hearing people say they want honest politicians, and I think I did everything I could do as an honest politician," Crescimbeni said.

That may be true, but Crescimbeni is still starting his campaign for supervisor of election in a hole because of it.

Of course, his mistake created a tidal wave of suspicion. Conspiracy theorists claim Crescimbeni goofed up on purpose so City Councilman Jim Tullis would win the House seat without opposition. …

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