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Waite's tricks part of what we don't like

© St. Petersburg Times
published October 13, 2002

Editor: Re: Stolen signs stir up House race, Oct. 11 Times story by staff writer Jeff Solocheck about stolen Karen Thurman campaign signs:

Let me get this straight. A retired New York state trooper lies to Hernando County sheriff's deputies when he's caught red-handed. His driver/partner in crime 'fesses up after being read his Miranda rights. Then Harvey Waite changes his story and admits vandalizing one sign, but there are four signs in the back of the truck. Rep. Thurman must now decide whether to press criminal charges.

Everything that goes around comes around. Waite's illegal dirty tricks may sabotage his wife's careful redistricting tricks. I remember reading in the Times not long ago that Thurman postponed an important committee hearing to rush home to attend the birth of her grandchild. Days later I read Brown-Waite's strident statement that Thurman is antifamily. If Thurman decides not to press charges of petty theft and criminal mischief against Waite, will we be reading that the Democrat is soft on crime?

Brown-Waite reports her husband is in the doghouse. Like most voters, I wonder if Harvey or his fellow campaign worker would be in any trouble at all if they were not caught in the act.

Florida voters despise political dirty tricks. And we're tired of being the butt of election jokes. The electorate is the victim here, not just Karen Thurman.
-- Nina Vaznelis, Spring Hill

Which lapse of judgment is she talking about?

Editor: Re: Stolen sign stirs up House race, Oct. 11 Times.

Sen. Ginny Brown-Waite's explanation of her husband's actions as a "lapse of judgment" belies the severity of the incident. When did Harvey Waite have this lapse of judgment?

A. When he decided to commit a crime or crimes? (1) criminal mischief and (2) theft.

B. When he committed the crimes?

C. When Mr. Waite enlisted the assistance of the husband of his wife's employee, who is paid with taxpayer funds?

D. When he lied to the law enforcement officers?

It appears that doghouse and jail house have gotten confused.

Mr. Waite's actions taint his wife's campaign and her explanation does likewise.
-- Osa Jackson Harp III, Brooksville

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