BY BUDDY NEVINS
Scott Newton might be the hardest working politician Wilton Manors has ever seen.
Or he might be the clumsiest.
Voters can decide.
Newton was mayor from 2004 to 2008, quitting to run a losing race for state House.
He now wants back on the city commission.
His costly accidents have become the campaign issue that is being whispered across the back fences of Wilton Manors.
Here is the truth:
Newton filed two workers’ comp claims in 18 months while mayor.
Both injuries took place while Newton was fulfilling his mayoral duties.
In December 2006, he slipped during a holiday event while playing in manufactured snow with city children.
Newton sliced his shoulder. It required complicated surgery.
City records place the cost at $23,900.
In May 2008, Newton took a misstep while trying to get off a canoe at a city event. He twisted his ankle.
The cost for treatment: $3,200.
I’ve never heard of a mayor filing two workers’ comp claims.
Newton says the claims were legitimate.
Both events were investigated. Both were found to be valid claims.
And, according to Newton, the claims didn’t hurt the city financially.
Wilton Manors recently got over $50,000 back from its workers’ comp carrier for low rate of claims, the former mayor said.
My take: If Newton was hurt while mayor, he deserves to be covered by the city’s insurance.
But please, Mr. Newton. If you get elected in March, be a little more careful.