Cleary University and Cleary President Tom Sullivan are obviously not going to listen to the voice of common sense and reason and cancel the appearance of rightwing hatemonger Ann Coulter from speaking at their Economic Club Speakers Luncheon Series in October at the cost of $30,000, but the decision may be made for them; and Coulter may not be able to travel out of her exclusive Palm Beach enclave. We can only hope.
Despite the high-level FBI agent she was dating getting the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office to drop the voting fraud investigation against the queen of hate, Editor and Publisher magazine reported yesterday that “the Florida Elections Commission now is investigating the February 2006 incident in which Coulter allegedly cast her ballot in the wrong precinct in a Palm Beach election after registering with an address that wasn't hers.”
The FEC could impose $2,000 in fines. And it could refer the case to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement or the state attorney's office for criminal prosecution.
However, the latter seems doubtful when you consider that decision is left to the commission, whose seven members all were appointed by former Republican Gov. Jeb Bush. Coulter is the darling of Republicans who says the hateful and racist things they secretly want to say while allowing them the cover to “condemn” her comments, and the GOP will allow no one to hold her accountable. Although it is a slim chance, it's still a chance that she will not appear and further the Howell area’s reputation as a community that lays out the welcome mat and embraces racists of all stripes.