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FL-21: Indicted Puerto Rican Senator Says He Gave Suitcase Full of Cash to Diaz-Balart

by: James L.

Wed Oct 08, 2008 at 5:52 PM EDT

From the Miami-Herald blog:

Now things are really heating up! Raul Martinez and state Democrats at a Miami press conference today looked to tie Lincoln Diaz-Balart to Puerto Rican senator Jorge de Castro Font, who was arrested by the FBI.

Dems charge that de Castro Font has "implicated" Diaz-Balart by alleging to "have traveled to Miami with Congressman Luis Fortuño of Puerto Rico to deliver a suitcase full of cash for Diaz-Balart's re-election campaign." The money was allegedly from a prominent PR family. [...]

De Castro Font in an interview with a PR TV station, said the alleged trip took place in 2005 -- long before Diaz-Balart's challenge from Martinez. De Castro Font has been indicted by a federal grand jury on 31 criminal counts including bribery, wire fraud and money laundering. He's also peeved that Fortuño has tried to distance himself from him since the scandal broke, and even tried to remove him from the November ballot. Fortuño is running for governor, and de Castro Font seeks reelection.

The Florida Democratic Party has more:

In an interview with WAPA TV in Puerto Rico, De Castro Font stated:

"I am not going to remain quiet.  I am here talking with you. If I was quiet . . . just the other day I said that ask him ... Luis Fortuño said the other day that he was never with me that he has not seen me in four years. Ask him if he went with me to deliver money to Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart of Miami . We sat together in first class."

In a separate WAPA 680AM radio interview in Puerto Rico, De Castro Font stated:

"I traveled with him [Luis Fortuño] to Miami to give money to a U.S. Congressman. He didn't tell me anything else. Ask him when you interview him if he went to take money to Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart sitting with me in First Class on American Airlines."

My friends, this is sleaze that I can believe in. Remember, this isn't the first time that Diaz-Balart has engaged in illegal campaign financing. In July 2001, he paid a hefty $30,000 fine for accepting excessive contributions in past campaigns. Perhaps this will be Diaz-Balart's last campaign for a while.

SSP currently rates this race as a Tossup.

James L. :: FL-21: Indicted Puerto Rican Senator Says He Gave Suitcase Full of Cash to Diaz-Balart
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Even the Puerto Rican version of the repub party is crooked.

That's the kind of Republican committment to diversity I can believe!

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Crooks of all colors!--white, yellow, red, brown, black...
...just not red-handed, is all.

party: Democratic, ideology: moderate, district: CT-01

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I don't think
there's ever a good way to spin the words "suitcase full of cash."

It may even be tougher to explain than a refrigerator full of cash.

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Hey now
There's a chance the cash in the suitcase still hadn't thawed out.

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Checks are elitist.
On the other hand being able to see and smell the cash?  That's how a man of the people handles his money.

It also just shows how the Democrats are tools of the bankers and the banking industry.  The same industry that helped destroy the housing market as well as the stock market.  Lincoln rejects banks and deals with his money hands on so he isn't influenced by banking industry lobbyists.  By taking money out of suitcases he's showing his integrity and incorruptibility.

Hey.  I've seen Rush, Hannity, and O'Reilly spin worse. :)

NY-13, Democrat. Blog @ http://infinitefunction.wordpr...

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Sadly enough...
It almost is safer nowadays to store your money in briefcases and freezers than banks.

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party: Democratic, ideology: moderate, district: CT-01

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talk about...
Talk about living up to a stereotype! Good Lord... Talk about the stereotypical corrupt congressman... it almost always involves suitcases of cash.  

"Castro strongly supports Diaz-Balart for Congress"
Sounds like a good headline to run.

Did he share it?
   Perhaps his brother Mario was also involved?  Come on corrupt Puerto Rican senator, you can suddenly remember a thing like that...  And what's that?  Ros-Lehtinen too!  Wow!

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