So now Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran is getting in on the act. I guess we should have expected that, since he has aspirations of higher office.
What better case to ride the coattails on than one that includes the death penalty, a murdered police officer, the governor, and racial tension?
This situation has been going on long enough that had Corcoran wanted to make a genuine statement on the matter, he would have done so earlier.
I guess it just dawned on him that he could get some political mileage out of the situation, potentially at Gov. Rick Scott's expense.
Now he piles on the "suspend Ayala" bandwagon?
Corcoran figures he'll put the pressure on Rick Scott to suspend Aramis Ayala, especially since he, himself isn't in a position to actually do anything to her.
He has to get in where he fits in, I guess.
Does Corcoran really hate Rick Scott that much?
Either Corcoran has plans to run against Scott in the U.S. Senate GOP primary, and doesn't think Scott will suspend Ayala and will use that against him, OR ...
He wants Scott to lose against Bill Nelson, because as much as I can't stand Bill Nelson, I would make sure the Democratic turnout in the general in 2018 was the highest this state has EVER seen, at least from the African American perspective, to beat the brakes off of Scott if he suspends Ayala.
Corcoran isn't a stupid person. He has to know the backlash that suspending Ayala will cause. He also knows that it will land squarely at the feet of Gov. Scott.
The FIRST African American woman elected state attorney, and Scott removes her?
Scott's track record with black women already isn't so great.
Jennifer Carroll, anyone?
It's interesting to me that Corcoran, as an attorney, doesn't want to at least allow the courts to now decide whether the governor has made an error in removing Ayala.
I guess waiting for a court doesn't allow one to score those political points.
So who will be next to jump in with a statement?
Putnam? He wants to run for governor.
Who else? Anyone? Speak now!
The Republicans who want higher office are coming out of the woodwork like roaches to call for Ayala's head.
Pitchforks in hand.
Pretending to be for law and order, but with ulterior motives in mind.
Let's see if Scott falls for Corcoran's tricks.
Leslie Wimes, a Sunshine State News columnist, is founder and president of Women on the Move and the Democratic African American Women Caucus, www.daawc.com. Follow Leslie on Twitter: @womenonthemove1.