Political scene

Miami Beach lawmaker may settle ethics complaint

 

WLRN Radio and The Miami Herald will be hosting a town hall with Florida legislative leaders on Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. Tell state representatives what should change in Tallahassee by reserving your free seat now.


cveiga@MiamiHerald.com

The Florida Elections Commission will soon decide whether to accept an agreement with state Rep. David Richardson that would close a complaint filed against the freshman lawmaker.

The complaint accused the Miami Beach Democrat of failing to disclose his political party, as required for legislative candidates, in ads that circulated during the August 2012 election.

Mark Herron, Richardson’s attorney, said his client didn’t prepare the ads. If the commission accepts the deal, Richardson will be fined $500 but will not have to accept or deny fault, Herron said.

The complaint lists four mailers and two TV ads in which Richardson’s party affiliation were not listed. Richardson is a political novice who has never held elected office before, and the complaint accuses him of purposely withholding information about his party because he ran in a district, stretching from Miami Beach to East Little Havana, with many Republican voters.

The commission will decide on Feb. 19 whether to accept the settlement with Richardson, the first openly gay legislator elected in Florida.

Read more Political Currents stories from the Miami Herald

Miami Herald

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category