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Dem Pays Taxes So She Can Take Office

From the St Louis Post-Dispatch:

Democrat pays her taxes so she can be candidate

By Jake Wagman

Sunday, Nov. 15 2009

ST. LOUIS — A day before she clinched the nomination to fill a vacancy in the Missouri House of Representatives on Saturday, St. Louis Democrat Hope Whitehead paid a visit to City Hall.

Not to mobilize supporters, but to pay hundreds of dollars in outstanding taxes.

Her trip downtown was more than just civic duty. Under state law, candidates with overdue tax bills are ineligible for the ballot.

When her obligations were met, a panel of city Democratic leaders gathered Saturday to nominate Whitehead, 50, to fill the vacancy created by former state Rep. Talibdin El-Amin, who submitted his resignation in September after pleading guilty to federal bribery charges.

El-Amin is the third local Democratic lawmaker to leave office this year after getting caught in an FBI crackdown on corruption.

Whitehead battled fellow Democrat Karla May, 39, for the party’s nomination. While May had a family connection — her mother is a former alderman and current City Hall official — Whitehead had the thicker résumé.

An attorney, Whitehead served previously in the city prosecutor’s office and was head of the state Division of Liquor Control under former Gov. Mel Carnahan.

In special elections, party leaders, not primary voters, select the party’s nominee. As the Democratic nominee, Whitehead is virtually assured of winning the Feb. 2 contest; Republicans generally do not compete in the district, which covers a section of northwestern St. Louis.

Even so, Whitehead will be under close scrutiny. She’ll have only a few months in Jefferson City before gearing up to run again in 2010. A top priority, she said, will be wresting the St. Louis Police Department from state control.

Whitehead also said on Saturday that she would do a better job of paying her taxes on time — city records show she owed $1,155 in personal property taxes and related fees. Whitehead acknowledged paying her vehicle taxes only when her two-year registration expired, not each year as required.

"I’ve got to do that different now," she said.

Apparently, this about the only way to get Democrat politicians to pay their taxes.

For the record, here is a little more background on the bravo Ms. Whitehead is replacing, from the St. Louis Fox News affiliate, KTVI:

North City Democrats Select Replacement For MO Rep. El-Amin

NORTH ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI-FOX2now.com) – After Missouri State Representative Talibdin (T.D.) El-Amin pleaded guilty to federal bribery charges, Democratic Committee Members in north St. Louis selected his replacement Saturday. Pending approval from the Governor, attorney Hope Whitehead, will serve the rest of T.D. El-Amin’s term. El-Amin awaits sentencing next month. He faces up to two years in prison.

El-Amin admitted to pressuring a small business for cash bribes. He had been serving his second term as the Democrat Missouri Representative of the 57th District.

We fully expect to see such talent as Ms. Whitehead quickly snapped up by the current administration.

Indeed, how long can it be before Mr. El-Amin is selected as Obama’s ‘Small Business Czar’?

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, November 15th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Dem Pays Taxes So She Can Take Office”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Paying back taxes?
    When you don’t have to?
    Man, that’s not the Democrat way. But maybe they’ll overlook this this one time.
    Next time you had better check before paying anything you don’t gotta, dig it?

  2. Proof says:

    So, we could erase the national debt by electing nothing but Democrats if they have to pay their taxes first?

  3. proreason says:

    Taxes are for the marks to pay.

  4. Chuckk says:

    You are racists for bring this up.

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