Sen. Joseph Crisco has been fined $4,000 by the SEEC for, first, allowing his treasurer’s secretary to sign the treasurer’s signature on official campaign documents, and secondly for apparently forging several signatures himself. These ethical lapses are what disqualified him from receiving public campaign money last year.
Crisco still won his seat.
GOP state chair Chris Healy was quick to weigh in on Wednesday, saying in a release:
“Why did it take a year for the people of the 17th district to find out their Senator was in serious violation of the law?” asked Healy. “The system doesn’t work. Sen. Crisco’s action should not have taken this long under any circumstances.”
Healy also criticized Democratic leadership for remaining silent on both this fine and the $6,000 Sen. Gaffey was fined for double-billing.
Senate President Pro Tem Donald Williams has said that there will be no further sanctions against Gaffey or Crisco. There will be no committee of inquiry, no stripping of leadership posts, nothing, despite the fact that campaign law was broken by Crisco.
Add to this Gaffey’s earlier woes, Lou DeLuca and Ernie Newton, and one starts to want to wash out the Senate chamber with a hose.