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JEB TAKES HILLSBOROUGH OFFICIAL TO TASK by Victoria Langley

October 27th, 2006 by flanews

Jeb Bush is apparently unimpressed with the excuse being given by the Hillsborough County tax collector for his admitted inappropriate sexual advances.† Doug Belden now says he has a drinking problem and will seek professional assistance.† He originally denied accusations of groping a woman in a bar.† The woman filed a battery complaint against him.†

SOT, Gov. Jeb Bush

ďThatís a big deal these days, isnít it.† Everybody makes a mistake, which is common, weíre all human, who hasnít made a mistake here, we all make mistakes.† But then to say, well, Iíve been drinking, and thatís the reason why I have poor judgment.† Just take responsibility seems to be the better response.Ē

Jeb Bush ordered Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney Bruce Bartlett to handle the investigation, after Hillsborough County State Attorney Mark Ober cited a conflict of interest, saying Belden was a close friend.

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