Name That Party. North Florida Edition
Name That Party is a long time tradition on RedState. If you aren’t familiar with the game Name That Party, it works like this. You find an article about a corrupt state or local official being arrested and you guess how long it will take for the reporter to reveal which party the person belongs to. So far, for Republicans, the longest you have ever had to wait is the first sentence. Democrats are much more interesting.
Shortly before being defeated in the Democrat primary for Florida’s 5th District, Representative Corrine Brown was convicted on a 22-count federal indictment for running a sham 501(c)3 called the One Door for Education Foundation that acted as a political slush fund for her. She allegedly skimmed as much as $800,000 from the foundation. Today she was in federal court to hear how long she’d have to serve. This is how the NBC affiliate covered it:
A judge sentenced former congresswoman and convicted felon Corrine Brown to five years in federal prison Monday morning during a short hearing at the U.S. federal courthouse in downtown Jacksonville.
Judge Tim Corrigan issued the sentence for Brown to serve 60 months, about five years, in federal prison after she was found guilty on 18 counts of corruption.
Brown, who was stone-faced following the sentencing, is also required to pay $62,650.99 in restitution to the IRS. She must also pay a portion of $452,515.87 in restitution to others.
All three defendants will be able to voluntarily surrender to prison sometime after Jan. 8, 2018, Corrigan said. All three defendants will be required to turn over passports.
Corrigan described the sentencing for the defendants as a “sad chapter and there’s no other way to say it.”
It goes on in that vein for 1,294 words, essentially 3, single-spaced pages.
What is notable is this:
That’s right. In the entire article the word “democrat” (upper or lower case ‘d’) does not appear a single time.
This article has been edited to move Florida 5 from South to North Florida and to reflect that Brown was convicted after a trial and did not plead guilty.