BY BUDDY NEVINS
Tea Party darling Allen West’s defense attorney in his battle over the election results is an Oakland Park commissioner.
Lawyer Shari McCartney was a Young Democratic leader in the 1990s who since has flipped to the Republican Party. McCartney, who was elected in 2011, is also openly gay.
Shari McCartney talks to media about West
McCartney is surely qualified for the job. In 2000 after becoming a Republican, she represented the GOP position in the 2000 recount.
She is a strange match for super conservative West, however, who embraces the very same social Neanderthals that would send McCartney back into the closet.
“She is a lawyer representing a paying client. She doesn’t deserve to be criticized for this. Bad companies or serial killers deserve representation. Not to equate in anyway this situation with those (type of) clients, but everybody deserve representation,” Tripp Scott’s managing partner and McCartney’s boss Ed Pozzuoli said. “You can disagree with him (West) politically but that is not the moral equivalency of whether to provide representation.”
I agree with Pozzuoli. That doesn’t mean all voters will. For instance, some voters won’t back a judicial candidate who had defended folks accused of crimes.
But is West a real conservative?
Would a real conservative cause government to waste thousands over a frivolous legal fight?
Apparently West has such a massive ego, stoked by Tea Party mouthbreathers and fawning flunkies in the conservative media, that he can’t conceive of actually losing.
To me and many others, West is a cry baby: “Give me back my congressional seat. Wouaaaaaaaaaaaa”.
I guess it was no surprise that Pozzuoli, arguably Broward’s most prominent Republican, has a different view.
“I would think that everybody would want an accurate count of the vote…We have real questions about St. Lucie County. Why when they recounted the early votes in St. Lucie did the votes for both candidates go down?” he said.
Now there is talk about West dragging the legal action out for months!
How many schoolbooks could be purchased from the tax dollars being wasted on this ridiculous legal maneuvering? How many overtime hours for police would it buy?
McCartney, a partner at the downtown Fort Lauderdale Republican firm of Tripp Scott, is walking on thin ice here.
The last race
Oakland Park has almost 14,000 Democrats compared to 5,000 Republicans and roughly 5,700 independents. Gay activists are influential in city elections.
McCartney told me during her campaign last year that she had support from conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats.
West is nowhere to be found on her 2011 campaign Facebook page. However, prominently featured is a picture of her and state Sen. Chris Smith, the Senate Democratic Leader:
Perhaps she is hoping her constituents don’t care about her law clients or will forget by the time of her re-election in a year…if she runs again.
In the meantime, West shows no evidence of giving up. And she has a client for the foreseeable future.