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STATE WINS FOLEY SIGN APPEAL

October 27th, 2006 by flanews

Jeb Bush is defending the states decision to appeal a decision barring elections supervisors from putting up signs explaining that a vote for Mark Foley is not a vote for Mark Foley. The ex-Florida congressman resigned last month over sexually explicit emails and instant messages to teenage congressional pages. Now state Rep. Joe Negron has been appointed to replace Foley as the Republican candidate for his seat. But Foleys name is still on the ballot. The governor thinks elections officials should have a right to post notices explaining the situation.. Late Friday afternoon, the First District Court of Appeals agreed with the Governor. Poll workers will be allowed to hand out information saying a vote for Foley is a vote for Negron.

I think its education,” Bush said. “Im not a judge and Im not a lawyer. I try to apply common sense to these things and the fact of the matter is Mark Foley is not running for Congress. Hes a disgraced congressman. Our laws require that his name stay on the ballot. Theres someone else running. To be able to provide information without gearing a candidate one way or another, or a voter one way or another to a candidate seems to make sense but well let an appellate court make that decision. Thats why it was appealed, because at the Circuit level the decision didnt make common sense.

Democrats brought the original suit, arguing that posting Negrons name violates the states own law against electioneering within 100 feet of the polls, even if the supervisors post the names of the other candidates too. Democrats say they will not appeal the court ruling.

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