BY BUDDY NEVINS
It always amazes me that folks with arrest records run for office.
Don’t they know the arrest — regardless of whether they got convicted — will become part of the campaign?
Take Coconut Creek Commission candidate Bruce Augello.
He was arrested for beating and biting his wife Elizabeth Augello nine years ago.
This is a tricky one. I have learned to take accusations from feuding spouses with a very large grain of salt. Many times the allegedly abused spouse refuses to testify.
In this case, Elizabeth Augello originally did not want to give a taped statement. She was proded into giving one by an officer.
(An aside: Since this is the Coconut Creek Police, I wonder if they were wielding a Taser when they convinced her to testify? An officer in this department was recently cleared of wrongdoing after holding a Taser while he questioned a suspect.)
One thing makes this police report different to me: Elizabeth Augello was wearing the evidence of the attack. Officers reported a red mark on her face and a bite mark and scratches on her arm.
The couple divorced a few months after the incident.
Voters will have to decide on Tuesday whether this outburst by Augello disqualifies him to be a commission.
Below is the original police report. Click on it to enlarge:
Here is a second report by an officer: