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RPOF files third complaint v. Charlie Crist over Morgan & Morgan

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The Republican Party of Florida filed its third complaint against Democrat Charlie Crist related to his ties the law firm of Morgan & Morgan.

This complaint, with the ethics commission, revolves around Crist’s decision as governor in 2010 to appoint one of the firm’s lawyers to a post that nominates judges while he was negotiating with Morgan & Morgan to become an employee after he left office in 2011.

“Less than two weeks after the appointment of Mr. [Joseph] Linnehan, Mr. Crist became employed with Morgan & Morgan,” the complaint filed by RPOF’s executive director, Juston Johnson, says.

“That fact that Mr. Crist was a public officer during this period of time is without question. At some point, Mr. Crist apparently received a promise of future employment with Morgan & Morgan. It is also apparent that Mr. Crist may have received a special privilege or benefit for himself from Morgan & Morgan.”

Crist's campaign said in a statement: "It doesn’t get more ironic than Rick Scott, after pleading the fifth 75 times to avoid going to jail and leading one of the largest fraud schemes in the history of the US, directing his staff to file an absurd ethics complaint against Charlie Crist, the People’s Governor."

Linnehan didn't respond, but John Morgan, owner of Morgan & Morgan, said via email: "I never knew that Joe had applied until after he was appointed and never ever discussed it with Charlie. This is the third silly ethics complaint they have filed against the firm! Must be a slow day at the RPOF."

Consider this complaint a two-fer: It generates a headline and it recalls allegations of convicted Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein, a one-time Crist contributor who was appointed by the former governor to a Judicial Nominating Commission post as well and now says Crist essentially sold judgeships for contributions. Crist says Rothstein is a non-credible liar.

 Two prior RPOF complaints, aimed at Morgan & Morgan’s advertising on behalf of Crist, appear to have fallen flat. One concerned billboards, the other a TV ad.

Meantime, Democrats have filed complaints against Republican Gov. Rick Scott over his use of his private plane and for an alleged conflict of interest tied to a former investment in an oil-drilling company.

Here's the latest complaint:  Download CC ETHICS COMPLAINT 6-19

**Oops update: This is an ethics complaint. The other RPOF complaints concerned elections.

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ed jenkins

Democrat primary voters are disgusted that this scumbag crist continues to receive party leader preferred status after all that this most horrible man has put them through over the course of the last 6 months of the much predicted campaign meltdown. They are horrified that in addition to his judicial nominating commission pay for play scandal, his support for communist dictators, his offensive comments toward family friendly Floridians he is now found to be taking a job with the most hated trial lawyers and a man trying to push dangerous illegal drugs on our family friendly state in exchange for nominating associates of this most horrible morgan to another nominating commission. Democrat primary voters urge party leaders to reconsider their terrible decision and it is at least not too late to switch to the nancy lady if not find a new candidate before a total disaster occurs.

Bill Thompson

Yawn

Bill Thompson

Just another election year dirty trick by the scumbag Scott to revive his weak polling numbers in his desperate attempt to win re-election. This is weak with no evidence of wrongdoing. The complaint is filled with words like "apparently" and "may have". This horrible man can only resort to dirty tricks, negative campaigning and voter turnout suppression with his millions of dollars in campaign funds from wealthy out of state carpetbagger donors looking to meddle in Florida political races so that they can bring in their immoral casinos to our family friendly state.

C Breeze

No surprise,...EVERYBODY always knew that Charlie & the Morgans were "in bed together" and that politicians make "strange bedfellows partners" with all sorts of enablers...

ed jenkins

As we have seen the citizens and in particular democrat primary voters are horrified that their party leaders would not remove preferred status from this scumbag crist who is involved with this illegal activity with this most horrible morgan who attempts to infest our family friendly state with his dangerous illegal drugs which harm children and lead to worthless lives for adults. In addition to these activities this morgan has come to our state from another to conduct the most hated activities of trial lawyering which the citizens despise for raising costs to all citizens for the benefit of only these most horrible lawyers who have now been found to be paying off the scumbag crist while he was in the governor's position.

Bill McCollum

Still wondering how I lost to this guy?

palmettoexile

After scanning-briefly-the comments by Mr. Ed and "D", and Bill Thompson, I must admit to a sneaking suspicion ha al 3 are one and the same.. either that, or all have a combined IQ of 60. I do believe they (?) must think every politician is a "most horrible, scumbag, family friendly," ad nauseum.. Be that as it may.. it may possibly be a true description of those now in power in Tallahassee.
As for the ethics charges- or lack thereof-that the RPOF leveled at Charlie Crist, this is enough to make one laugh. Scott, Bondi, and the rest have not exactly been exemplary examples in their own political dealings. I do believe that several Repub legislators have been charged and found guilty of ethics violations. The particular group now in power in Tally are some of the most corrupt politicians in the country-and THAT is saying much about their "ethics". Scott doesn't know the meaning of the word, much less how to execute/live by ethical principles.
The latest scandal in which the Repubs are attempting to bribe a judge(s) to keep their behind-closed-doors-redistricting plans from becoming public is beyond belief. If these unethical foxes succeed in the attempts to guard their henhouse, the citizens of the family-friendly State of Florida will again be kept in the dark about their "representatives'" back door dealings. Transparency in government in the Sunshine Law State? Not in Scott's reign-or of those Repubs preceding him.
The ONLY way the "citizens" will ever have a chance at learning how/what/who/when/and where their tax dollars are spent (or the laws that are tacked on to unrelated amendments at the last minute of a budgeting session) is to vote Rick Scott and his corporate buds out of the Gov's mansion. Lord knows, he has OTHER mansions in which he can choose to live.

Can't take anymore

Important press release: The RPOF has threatened to hold its breath until it turns blue unless everybody is nice to Rick Scott and they stop calling him bad names. They really mean it!

Can't take anymore

Important press release: The RPOF has threatened to hold its breath until it turns blue unless everybody is nice to Rick Scott and they stop calling him bad names. They really mean it!

Can't take anymore

Important press release: The RPOF has threatened to hold its breath until it turns blue unless everybody is nice to Rick Scott and they stop calling him bad names. They really mean it!

Can't take anymore

Important press release: The RPOF has threatened to hold its breath until it turns blue unless everybody is nice to Rick Scott and they stop calling him bad names. They really mean it!

Can't take anymore

Important press release: The RPOF has threatened to hold its breath until it turns blue unless everybody is nice to Rick Scott and they stop calling him bad names. They really mean it!

Anti-Tallahassee

Is someone else in the RPOF about to get indicted? The Repugnants would love to distract everyone from the truth about their horrible candidate, but it looks like people have woken up. Rick Scott has transformed himself into an establishment Republican. He fits right in with the rest of the scum.

palmettoexile

I was under the impression that all who commented on the issues were aware of and had clicked "I Agree" on the terms of use for the Naked Politics discussions. I have,however, noticed that what I call "the usual 3", (i.e. "D", "ed jenkins","Bill Thompson") seem to regularly post the same diatribes and hurl insults at each other. I also thought that name-calling was verboten; apparently,you 3 "gentlemen" either can't understand the requisites for posting or merely don't care that most folks who frequent these pages skip over and/or ignore your poorly written, expletive- filled written tirades.
I and others would like to read comments which actually refer to the issue(s) of the article-rather than these puerile attacks at each other. Please, you 3, try to keep your comments free of the familiar vitriol that has become your hallmark.
By reading others' comments, I hope to further my understanding of the issues affecting all Floridians-at times, I have read comments that caused me to think more deeply about a variety of matters that will impact all of us. Your continual sniping is neither helpful nor informative. I'm sure (??) you all are familiar with the adage, "If you can't say something nice...". For all our sakes, I ask you to refrain from these all-too-familiar daily insults.

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