Sat Dec 15, 2012, 10:41 AM
Zorro (5,040 posts)
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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Mon Dec 17, 2012, 03:25 PM
yellowcanine (25,950 posts)
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.