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Sat Dec 15, 2012, 10:41 AM

Former GOP chairman Bob Waechter charged with felony

The most powerful political player in Sarasota County politics and the former chairman of the county Republican Party has been charged with a felony after authorities say he stole the identity of a political rival and made campaign donations in her name to a Democratic candidate for Congress to embarrass her.

Former GOP chairman Bob Waechter, a public official on the Sarasota-Manatee Airport Authority, was charged by the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office with the criminal use of a stolen identity for allegedly buying a prepaid debit card to make a campaign donation in the name of Lourdes Ramirez, a Siesta Key Republican.

The Sheriff's Office said that Waechter made the $200 donation in Ramirez's name to Sarasota Democrat Keith Fitzgerald's campaign. Fitzgerald was running against U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat Key. Waechter also made a $35 donation in Ramirez's name to Sarasota Democrat Liz Alpert, who ran against State Rep. Ray Pilon, R-Sarasota, in November.

Waechter, a real estate investor, did not return calls seeking comment.

More at: http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20121214/ARTICLE/121219763/2416/NEWS?Title=Former-GOP-chairman-Bob-Waechter-charged-with-felony

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Zorro Dec 2012 OP
politicaljunkie41910 Dec 2012 #1
santamargarita Dec 2012 #2
firenewt Dec 2012 #3
santamargarita Dec 2012 #4
yellowcanine Dec 2012 #5

Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 10:50 AM

1. Boy those republicans are so creative. I'm glad he was caught.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 12:08 PM

2. Is there anything these assholes won't do to...

steal an election?

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Response to santamargarita (Reply #2)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 03:23 PM

3. In a word, No.

 

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Response to firenewt (Reply #3)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 04:10 PM

4. I hear that.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 03:25 PM

5. Wait - he donated to a Democrat just so he could blame it on a fellow Republican?

I am really starting to enjoy the potential for depravity of the Republican Party as we know it today in the USA.

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