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    Politicians win by playing ‘stall’

     

    BY JIM WALLS

    Most of us would get in a whole heap of trouble for spending tens of thousands of dollars that don’t belong to us. But for politicians, the world is often kinder, gentler and more forgiving.

    Case in point: Former state Rep. Pam Stanley, who paid for an apartment, cable TV service and a car rental and made $38,000 in cash withdrawals from her campaign account from 1999 to 2002.

    Stanley agreed to $65,100 in fines and restitution, but she hasn’t paid a nickel. A judge last week ordered Stanley to pay up, but the ethics commission can’t collect until she starts earning money again.

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    3 Responses to “Politicians win by playing ‘stall’”

    1. Disgusted says:

      So take the rest of her campaign money or put a lien on any property she owns. The average Joe would find a lien on their property if they disobeyed a Court order.

    2. tom watson says:

      I’d feel bad if I told a great big whopper … some people don’t. But bit of whoppering and a lot of self-aggrandizement get you far. Moral: start lying.

    3. Disgusted says:

      One lie leads to another one and you get to the place you can’t remember who you told what lie to. I personally would rather be honest and tell the truth so I can look at myself in the mirror in the mornings and at night.

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