Wednesday, July 21, 2004

A Highly-Qualified Candidate

From the Petoskey News-Review:

105th candidate says felony conviction is ‘old news’

BY FRED GRAY NEWS-REVIEW STAFF WRITER

Tuesday, July 20, 2004 3:43 PM EDT

Jeff Garfield, one of six Republican candidates for the 105th state House district, was convicted of felony cocaine possession in Genesee County in 1989, fined $3,000 and placed on three years probation, according to court documents.

Two years later, he violated the terms of his probation by leaving the state for Alaska, the circuit court documents state.

Garfield, 39, an Otsego County commissioner who is running on a platform of strong conservative and religious values, said Monday that the felony conviction was “old news.”

“I’ve proven myself in the 15 years since then, and we should be talking about the things I’ve done, my qualifications, my community service, my faith in God.

“God gave me a second lease on life and I’m taking advantage of it.”

The Michigan Constitution does not prevent a convicted felon from running for elected office in the Legislature. It requires only that a candidate be a qualified elector. [Emphasis added]

Remember when the Republicans were all outraged over the poor moral example that President Clinton set by having an extramarital affair? Yeah. Right.

(PS: One of the other candidates in this primary race is Jack Ramsey – the father of JonBenet Ramsey. They certainly are growing an odd crop of Republicans in northern Michigan this year.)