Cheat-Seeking Missles

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Dem Cheating OK With Florida Court

Updates on Judge Ferris -- scroll down.

Gotta love those Florida courts.

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) - The candidate replacing Florida's disgraced former Rep. Mark Foley on the ballot in next month's election has been barred from posting signs at polling places clarifying that votes for Foley will actually go to him,
authorities said on Wednesday. ...

[T]he Republicans' replacement candidate, Joe Negron, had asked election supervisors to post signs at the polls telling voters that ballots cast for Foley would elect him instead. But Florida Circuit Court Judge Janet Ferris ruled against posting the signs outside the nearly 300 precincts in the eight-county congressional district once represented by Foley.
The judge knew if signs weren't posted, people disgusted with Foley would be more to vote for the Dem candidate, and she placed that knowledge above the voters' right to vote intelligently.

Of course, the Left doesn't see it that way. Here's premier leftyblog, the grossly misnamed Americablog:

Mark Foley isn't running anymore, but his name can't be taken off the ballot. So, ever the cheaters, the Florida Republican Party has been trying to place signs at all the polling places in Foley's district saying that to vote for the Republican candidate, Joe Negron, they had to cast a vote for Foley.

The GOP never lets pesky laws get in the way. They'll be appealing according to Jeb Bush's Secretary of State.
Cheaters? Jeb Bush's Secretary of State?

I am so sick of these rights-stealing liberals thinking they can justify their destructive acts by simply calling the other side what they are. Once again they have cynically turned to the courts to circumvent the will of the people, and we are cheaters?

We can't consider "Jeb Bush's Secretary of State" without considering who Janet Ferris is beholden to. I've started poking, but I'm going to post this now and go back and poke some more.


This isn't the first time Ferris has meddled in elections. In 2004 she ruled in another election ... again in favor of the Dems:

Forty days before the 2004 election, Fort Lauderdale congressman E. Clay Shaw's Democratic opponent, James R. Stork, dropped out. ... Secretary of State Glenda Hood had the discretion to let the Democrats substitute a candidate, she refused to let them do it. ...

Circuit Judge Janet Ferris [ruled] "the strong public policy . . . of providing voters with greater choice and ensuring ballot access." Ferris declared the law unconstitutional, under the separation of powers doctrine, for giving unguided discretion to Hood. (source)