Judge Prohibits GOP Posting Negron Poll Signs on Foley Switch
A Florida judge ruled that Republicans can’t violate state election law to clear up confusion over the fact that Mark Foley’s name is on the ballot in Florida-16 even though Joe Negron is the candidate.
The Republican Party’s hopes of holding on to the Florida 16th District seat of resigned Florida Republican Rep. Mark Foley are greatly hindered by the fact that Foley’s name, under state law, must stay on the ballot — even though votes cast for him will be counted for state Rep. Joe Negron, the replacement candidate picked by GOP officials.
And the GOP endured another hit Wednesday when a state judge, ruling on a lawsuit brought by Democratic activists, barred state election officials from posting signs at voting locations and delivering notices about the ballot situation to 16th District voters.
Second Judicial Circuit Judge Janet E. Ferris ruled that a state-run information campaign to inform voters about what critics argue was an internal Republican Party foulup would do “irreparable injury” to Democratic nominee Tim Mahoney and his supporters.
Ferris wrote that elections supervisors are “ordered not to post the proposed notice, and may not deliver the notice to individual voters posing questions about the race in question.” Negron’s campaign and the secretary of state’s office, headed by Republican appointee Sue M. Cobb, have told local news outlets they will appeal the decision.
This one seems like a no brainer. (Which explains why I find myself in the rare position of agreeing with Kos.) OF COURSE electioneering signs placed at polling places are impermissible. OF COURSE the taxpayer shouldn’t have to pay for the GOP to undo the damage caused by their original nominee.
It’s not as if the Republican Party is flat broke. Spend some money on advertising. Send some mailings out on your own dime. How hard is that?