2776. IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM MABELby solonmabel, 11/2/09 9:56 ET
Bob Paulson is a thief that was caught and convicted of felonies. There is no other way of looking at it. It is the resposible thing to recognize Paulson for what he is and notify the public so that they are informed when the cast their votes. No responsible person would vote for Paulson if they understood his crimes.Paulson raised monies through fundraising activities and took thousands of dollars from contributors who perceived that these monies would be used for campaign purposes. Paulson took this money and paid personal credit card debts and other personal bills. The amount that he stole from his contributors was between $80,000.00 and $120,000.00. He paid the money back after he discovered that he was being investigated when the U.S. Attorney issued grand jury subpoenas for his records. Paulson realized that he was caught and tried to cover up his crimes.He pled guilty to felonies because he was guilty of felonies. As of today's date, he is still a convicted felon because you can not expunge federal felonies.
Paulson has never publicly admitted his crimes (despite his guilty pleas) or admitted to the voters that the United States government still regards him as a convcited felon until today in the Sun paper interview. Many voters perceive that Paulson has no record, took little money and simply made bookkeeping errors. The fact is that he took thousands of dollars, took he money intentionally and is a convicted felon.
Should the qualifications of the Mayor of our great city be thief and felon. Should we give a "second chance" to someone who has manipulated the truth and minimized his crimes?
The answer is no. As the saying goes 'you can put lipstick on a pig, but its still a pig." Paulson is a thief and his lack of honesty and insight into his crimes should cause the voters to elect another.