by Benjamin J. Kirby
Thug Congressman Vern Buchanan, who is so far gone down the corruption worm-hole and has so many investigations ongoing into his clearly unethical personal and campaign finance dealings, it is getting hard to link to all of it in any one blog post, decided to give Lady Justice a big eff you today by failing to show up for a court deposition in Orlando.
U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan did not appear for a scheduled court deposition in Orlando on Monday, prompting an angry response from the opposing attorney who said the three-term congressman should be held in contempt of court.
“He blew it off,” said Robert Stok, an attorney representing Buchanan’s former business partner, Sam Kazran, who is suing the congressman in Sarasota County.
Here's a fun exercise. Next time you fail to show up at a court-scheduled appearance, see what happens. Good luck with that.
My favorite was Buchanan's spokesperson:
“Vern Buchanan was available today and he will be ready again when the deposition is rescheduled,” said Sally Tibbetts, Buchanan’s campaign spokeswoman.
Well, Sally, if Vern was available today, why in the hell didn't he show?
They said his lawyer was sick. This is tantamount to Bill Gates saying he doesn't have enough change to feed the parking meter. If you think Vern's got one lawyer, you haven't been paying attention. Remember: more ongoing investigations than you can shake a stick at.
This guy has an army of lawyers, and you can bet he needs them.
Vern is tipping his hand. He won't show up at a court-appointed deposition without his lawyer, but he'll be all too happy to go to Dick Vitale's place for a fundraiser:
He was also scheduled to attend a private fundraiser for his re-election campaign Monday night in Lakewood Ranch. Television basketball commentator Dick Vitale was set to host the $250-per-person fundraiser starting at 5:30 p.m.
Look, every politician needs to raise money -- even one of the wealthiest.
But this is Vern Buchanan flicking a big, nasty booger, right on the justice system -- and, in a way, right on you. You think you'd be able to get away with calling in sick to a deposition like that? Seriously? And then go to a $250-a-plate fundraiser that night?
It's time to stop this madness.
You need to go support one of the good guys. Today.
Help Keith Fitzgerald beat this crook.