Things are looking rough for Corrupt Carlos Giménez.
After his primary opponent filed a lawsuit to remove Giménez from the ballot for misspelling his own name on the filing check, it now looks like Giménez may have illegally drawn his filing fee from his PAC account, not his campaign account…yikes.
And worse yet when given the chance to produce exonerating evidence to these claims, the best Giménez’s team could do to fight back was to say: “I’m confident that there was not a check taken from a PAC account and I’m confident that’s what our records will show.”
Check out some key excerpts below or read the full article here.
- An attorney for Blanco said Gimenez’s candidacy is illegal if his $10,400 check, written in April to qualify for the primary ballot, was paid for with funds from a political action committee instead of Gimenez’s campaign account. The bank that issued Gimenez’s check said in a court documents that it did not have any records of a campaign account bearing Gimenez’s name, or the misspelled version — “Giminez” — that appeared on his qualifying check.
- Florida election law states that a qualifying fee must be paid with “a properly executed check drawn upon the candidate’s campaign account.” Federal election law says congressional candidates must meet age, citizenship and residency requirements but lets each state impose its own qualifying rules for ballot access.
- “I’m confident that there was not a check taken from a PAC account and I’m confident that’s what our records will show.”
- [Omar Blanco’s attorney] also said if the lawsuit against Gimenez is successful but not until after the August primary, it could ensure another term in Congress for Mucarsel-Powell without Republican opposition.