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.
Foley, a six-term Republican congressman, resigned from Congress on September 29 amid revelations that he sent sexually explicit messages to young male congressional aides.
Rules prohibited taking Foley’s name off the ballot so close to the November 7 election. So the 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 question that needs to be asked is, if the voters in Florida didn’t have enough brain power to punch a pencil tip sized hole in a piece of thin cardboard, what are the odds many of them will have grey matter in sufficient quantity to determine who should be on the ballot?
Obviously an appeal is in order. And just as obvious, thanks to activist judges, another Florida election seems headed for controversy.
Wonder how the [Dim]ocrats will spin this one and blame it on Karl Rove?