Nobody is suggesting Ben Paris is barely remaining Seminole GOP chairman to repay his $42,000 invoice to the courts, but when anybody is aware of the reality it is likely to be Jason Brodeur, who has arguably the whole lot to lose from a jury’s latest ghost candidate resolution.
Everybody among the many SCREC crowd is now questioning the identical questions: 1) Who can pay Ben Paris’ courtroom charges and mounting authorized payments? 2) why is he caught with the fee when he clearly wasn’t the one chief within the tepee?
Don’t imagine us. Consider his personal lawyer who mentioned in closing arguments that Paris “was the low man on the totem pole.
Now his allies are on the warpath, with Brodeur ramping up marketing campaign efforts and mailers in a defensive campaign.
The injuries from the Paris saga got here out within the open at a latest SCREC assembly the place an absent Paris acquired a bruising collection of assaults from these involved with the optics of the celebration, and substitute chair and state GOP head Joe Gruters presided.
By all acounts, Ben Paris will not be a nasty particular person. Positive, he broke the regulation. However so do lots of people. As an alternative of viewing Paris because the penultimate villain, it’s best to carry our urge for food for the sensational again right down to earth.
Maybe Captain Renault within the film Casablanca greatest described his kind when he mentioned, “I am solely a poor corrupt official.” Certainly, Paris’ lawyer is not fallacious. He’s “low man on the totem pole” and the remainder of the crew who make up the Seminole mafia should be and might be held accountable.
If a pawn like Ben Paris is compelled to pay for his personal authorized charges then the remainder of the cabal ought to pitch in as effectively. And each state and federal investigators appear to agree with the latest arrest of political guide Michael Shirley who accepted 1000’s in bribes and kickbacks from former Seminole Tax Collector and pedophile Joel Greenberg’s workplace.
The Orlando Native Information first highlighted the Paris and Michael Shirley connection to Matt Gaetz and Chris Dorworth in a July 14th cartoon.