The Appeals Court decision today: Sandra Ruiz is in the race!! Decision by: Third District Court of Appeal - Judges Ramirez, C.J./Shepherd/Slater.
You will remember Sandra Ruiz is the Candidate in Doral accused by her opponents of not filing a letter of resignation from her old post, 10 days before filing papers for the new post she was running for. She claimed they wouldn't overlap but in the case of a hypothetical run-off, they might have. A judge removed her a couple of weeks ago from office but she appealed so she remained on the ballot pending the appeal. Now she has won. This was the case that started the trouble with Flinn.
Someone (who I assume was from one of the candidate's camps but I don't know) wrote all the candidates an email a couple of weeks ago with a phony name on it and asked them to bring suit against Flinn for the same offense as Ruiz and sent them the Ruiz article. I also got a copy of the email weeks ago. The email asked all the candidates to come together to bring the suit against Flinn. It was pure sleaze...that is why I wouldn't give them the satisfaction of reporting on it and it made them mad as hell at me. Between all the candidates knowing, the rumors were flying all over the district.
I hope this strong Appeals Court reversal finally puts to bed this stupid nonsense on resign-to-run against Candidate Flinn. The intent of the law was never to drive term limited candidates crazy with threats of knocking them out of office. As the ruling said:
"The resign to run law addresses terms that WILL run concurrently, not terms that in some other hypothetical case MIGHT run concurrently." They also said "The object of the law before us is to prevent persons who are running for a new position from the safe haven of a current position to which the candidate can retreat in the event she is unsuccessful."
Some of you have wondered why I got so angry on the blog (the 'Asshole' post). This was the issue. I was determined not to take the bait some candidates were dishing out on this for weeks and they just would not let me alone. First I don't like the hammering and second I don't like the manipulation. Anyway, it appears it is over. So lets get on with electing the best possible candidate and stop with the deception and manipulation. Sorry I got angry and couldn't explain it to you all, lets turn the corner and try to get the best person elected.