Florida GOPer Charged In Scheme To Run A Fake Dem Candidate | Talking Points Memo

A former Florida Republican state senator paid more than $40,000 over the course of a year to a sham candidate meant to siphon votes away from a Democratic politician in a state race last year, police say.


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Follow the money and there won’t be a GOP in two years time.

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I am so glad about this. When I read about this scam last Fall – in the midst of all the Republican accusations amounting nothing – it made me sick to my stomach.

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faces felony campaign finance charges

Music to my ears.

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Only the best candidates?

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The best candidates money can buy.

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But mail in ballots!

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Whenever there’s some kind of election fraud, the perp is almost inevitably a Republican.

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The GQP is always claiming “false flag” scenarios whenever right-wingers get caught (e.g., most recently: Antifa leading the Capitol insurrection).

And, given their penchant for projecting (what is it with conservatives and their projection reflex?), I’ve long thought that their false-flagging calls are also a big tell: “Projection going on here.”

I know I’m biased, and I haven’t done a study or anything, but it seems to me that false flags are hoisted by right-wingers far more frequently (if not nearly entirely) than by left-wingers. I mean, there are some celebrated “under-cover sting operations” in which journalists or law enforcement pretend to be right-wing radicals for infiltration purposes, but, aside from obvious Borat-style satire, do left-wingers ever run for office as Republicans, just to mess things up? False flagging seems to be a right-wing specialty.

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Ah, finally. I was waiting for this story.

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Doesn’t this invalidate Garcia’s win?

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Is the the 'election fraud’ that conservatives have been screaming about? Oh no, that’s just when black people and liberals vote.

I look forward to this never being covered by right-wing media and lets face it, probably most of the MSM will ignore it too.

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Of course he drives an Escalade.

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It’s all fun and games until you’re indicted for fraud…

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In the ’60s, while politics in general was as deadly serious as it is today, there was also a lighter strain. Friend of mine was a popular (because effective) campaign manager and consultant. He pulled a few pranks on Republican candidates, but they were obvious pranks, not the kind of thuggery and fraud that Republicans need.

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It remains unclear whether the thousands of dollars that Artiles gave Rodriguez are his own, or whether an unknown third party funded Artiles’s efforts, as local media reports have speculated.

What a tangled web republicans weave when first they practice to deceive.

Sorry, Sir Walter Scott. But if the phrase fits…

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Yeah, they’re doing it.

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Curious, does the state initiate a new election, adjust the outcome accordingly, or ?

M. Paul

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