From a local story in my area
Convicted circuit clerk Harris loses re-election bid
The Associated Press
FAYETTE, Miss. —
Jefferson County Circuit Clerk Burnell Harris, who will be sentenced Oct. 3 for embezzlement, has lost his bid for re-election.
Harris was defeated Tuesday in the Democratic runoff by challenger Arnell Harried.
Harris was convicted by a federal jury in July of three counts of embezzlement, two counts of money laundering and four counts of tax evasion.
A federal indictment accused Harris, 52, of embezzling more than $222,000 between Oct. 1, 2000, and Sept. 30, 2003 from Jefferson County and then trying to hide the money.
Harris also was convicted of filing false tax returns from 2000 to 2004 to avoid paying $160,598 in income taxes.
Harris faces a maximum 70 years in prison and more than $2 million in fines.
In Mississippi, convicted felons are not allowed to hold public office. However, Attorney General Jim Hood issued an opinion that the ban did not kick in until after sentencing.
Harris, who had served as clerk for 24 years, chose to run for re-election.
Harris received 1,109 votes in the runoff, while Harried received 1,603, according to the Jefferson County Circuit Clerk’s Office.
Harried said Wednesday he thought the results showed the people were ready for a change.
“They want to go in a different direction,” Harried said. “That’s a positive concept.”
Information from: The Natchez Democrat, http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/
All I want to know is why this guy even garnered a single vote to begin with ? This guy managed to get nearly half of the over all votes. Had this been a Republican there would have been outrage that he was even allowed to run, there would have been all sorts of protests, a scandal report in the national news, etc you name it. So I think I am learning it’s ok to be a crook as long as you are a Democrat, right Hillary?
I really am serious about this. A republican does something wrong he gets put under the microscope, a Democrat does something wrong it gets quietly swept under the carpet with barely any notice. And for some unknown reason Democrat voters choose to overlook it.
See my Hillary Clinton article.