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DeSwiss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-01-07 03:55 AM
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23. Joanne98, here's a fresh one for you....
...and it was just picked out of the weeds, yesterday. You can't get em' any fresher than that!

Giuliani event aide quits over sex, theft charges
Posted on Fri, Aug. 31, 2007

TALLAHASSEE -- An organizer for a Rudy Giuliani presidential event plans to step down amid revelations of his arrests for allegedly extorting an FSU student in a sex case and his conviction for dealing in stolen state computers. Barry S. Edwards, 45, told The Miami Herald that the charges against him were ''old news'' --- and were 'unfounded' in the student sex case -- but he nevertheless thought it would be best to withdraw from the Pinellas County Republican Party fundraiser because ``I'm not relevant and I shouldn't be the story.''

Edwards said he was not being paid for organizing the Sept. 7 Reagan Day dinner, and had no real connection to the campaign of Giuliani, who is to be the keynote speaker at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club in St. Petersburg. The two criminal incidents involving Edwards were unrelated, and occurred within months of each other in 1998.

According to a Florida State University arrest affidavit: Edwards was first charged after a 19-year-old FSU political science intern claimed Edwards, then an adjunct professor, plied him with beers, trolled briefly for prostitutes, watched ''heterosexual'' pornography and then exhorted him to masturbate in a game.

The intern said Edwards threatened him with bad grades if he didn't ' 'get into it.'' He declined to press charges. Edwards said the claims were ''lies'' but he didn't ''want to revisit it.'' Edwards was fired from FSU. Shortly after his extortion arrest, state Capitol police then arrested Edwards on charges of theft, burglary and dealing with stolen property after the cops said he stole at least $10,000 worth of computer equipment from offices of the Florida Legislature.

In November 1998, the state dropped the extortion charges, saying the victim had requested that charges be dropped. In 1999, Edwards pleaded no contest to the dealing in stolen property and theft charges and was sentenced to 100 days in jail and three years probation. A judge withheld adjudication, meaning Edwards is not a convicted felon.


also: Sellout Crowd Expected At Giuliani Speech In St. Petersburg
TAMPA An upcoming Reagan Day Dinner featuring presidential front-runner Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City, is expected to draw up to 700 people, Pinellas County Republican Party officials said on Wednesday. Barry S. Edwards, a principal in Gravitas LLC, will serve as the Reagan Day Dinner chair and will coordinate the event. Edwards, a veteran political strategist, also coordinated the April appearance of Giuliani in St. Petersburg.

*** - The judge "withheld adjudication?" What? The guy pleads no contest to dealing in stolen government property and its theft, and the girl who called the police when he tried to extort sex from her, turns around and withdraws the charges? Hmmmm. Okay, I see the problem. No wonder it didn't make the major news, its just a government employee stealing and using sexual harassment/extortion who just happens to be a Republican Party Official. The usual. For the Republicans. Who gives a shit about that stuff anymore? :sarcasm:

But who is ahead in losing campaign officials now anyway? Let's see, Mitt will lose one today.... and he lost one last week, I think. But then Rudy lost two or three in day, didn't he? Plus he lost his kids to Obama. But he gained a "Princess Bitch." And McCain, poor guy. He's riding coach and carrying his own bags now. His campaign applied to the government for welfare. There's no shame it that mind you. I guess we'll see if those "welfare-to-work" programs are any good. Well, I think that's about it. Oh, no! Wait. Thompson lost his hair. But you only notice it when his wife's not around.....

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