But think of the message it sends. Get on the right side of these things or get a new job – and in this economy…
AG Firings Need to be Investigated
The whirlwind of controversy surrounding Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s forced resignations of two attorneys serving in the state’s economic crimes division is well deserved. There are enough red flags to suspect there were political motivations involved and the vague answers given so far remain less than adequate, to say the least.
Bondi’s office has only released a statement saying that the two attorneys, who were given the option to resign before being fired, were ousted for poor performance. That claim is in direct contradiction to their employee reviews. The fact that the two investigators were looking into a company, Lender Processing Services, that donated money to Bondi and many others in her party puts a stink on this that shouldn’t sit well with any taxpayer.
The two attorneys, June Clarkson and Theresa Edwards, have gone on record to say that they were asked immediately about that particular investigation, while describing a hostile environment that took shape when Bondi replaced fellow Republican Bill McCollum, who left the position to run for the GOP gubernatorial nomination.
Clarkson and Edwards were a major part of an effort that drew national attention to a systemic problem with so-called “robo-signers” and fraudulent foreclosure filings that had been making their way through Florida courts as a result. It is unfortunate to be able to so easily imagine a scenario where LPS‘s financial contributions and political connections will allow them to escape scrutiny, but to assert otherwise would be laughable.
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