All it takes is one resign-to-run case to trigger others.
Daphne Campbell, a candidate for Florida House District 108, has sued her opponent, Alix Desulme, the North Miami city clerk. (Both are Democrats.) And on Wednesday, attorney Stephen Cody sued Palmetto Bay Mayor Eugene Flinn, who is seeking to replace Katy Sorenson on the Miami-Dade County Commission.
The lawsuits come on the heels of a resign-to-run case against Doral Councilwoman Sandra Ruiz, who remains on the ballot pending an appeal. On Wednesday, a judge ruled that Desulme can stay on the ballot as well -- something Joe Geller, one of Desulme's lawyer, called "a victory."
Geller and Ben Kuehne have teamed up to represent Desulme, Ruiz and Flinn, who has a preliminary hearing in his case today. "It is appalling that Mr. Cody, himself a veteran of election and public policy litigation, waiting until the very last moment, mere days before election, to seek to throw Mr. Flinn off the ballot," Kuehne said.
Cody has said his concern is for "people who are going to the polls not knowing he's not qualified might have a second choice, and very possibly might be wasting their vote.'' Full story here.