STATE ATTORNEY SPOKESMAN: “WE STILL THINK IT’S OBVIOUS THAT ROBERT DEAN LIVES IN KEY HAVEN.” BUT, BY LAW, THAT OPINION IS TRUMPED BY THE CANVASSING BOARD.
Commentary by Dennis Reeves Cooper…….
A couple of weeks ago, Bob Dean– through his attorney, Michael Halpern– virtually slapped State Attorney Catherine Vogel right in the face. Following a voting fraud investigation last month, Vogel concluded that Dean may have been voting illegally in Key West for years– because, she said, he doesn’t live in Key West. He lives in Key Haven, just outside of the Key West city limits. Voting in a district where you don’t live is a third degree felony punishable by as much as five years in jail. Dean needs the Key West designation on his voting card (even though almost every other document in Dean’s life shows the Key Haven address) to try to establish residency in Key West. You see, Dean sits on two important boards here. He holds the Key West seat on the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority (FKAA). He also sits on the board of the Key West Housing Authority. He gets pay and benefits from both agencies– but both of those positions require that he live in Key West.