Americans Elected Dead Candidates In Florida & Alabama

Earl K. Wood. Courtesy OC Tax Collector's Office

Even if they thought he was still alive, why did people vote for a 96-year-old?!? Via Reuters:

Florida Democrat Earl K. Wood and Alabama Republican Charles Beasley won their respective elections but they will not take office.

Both men died weeks before the November 6 election yet managed to beat their very much alive opponents by comfortable margins.

Wood died on October 15 from natural causes at age 96, during his campaign for a 12th term as Orange County Tax Collector in Orlando, Florida.

Criticized for rarely coming into the office while collecting a $150,000 salary and $90,000 pension, Wood initially announced he would step down, only to change his mind when a longtime political foe made plans to seek the seat.

Wood’s wide name recognition after almost half a century in office scared off several serious contenders. His name remained on the ballot and he took 56 percent of the votes to 44 percent for a Republican who promised to eliminate the office altogether if elected…

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3 Comments on "Americans Elected Dead Candidates In Florida & Alabama"

  1. Living Republicans are dead on the inside so I don’t see a difference.

  2. marvin nubwaxer | Nov 8, 2012 at 10:41 pm |

    the republicans are old white men. i rest my case.

  3. BuzzCoastin | Nov 9, 2012 at 3:09 am |

    American needs to elect more dead people to high office
    they are preferable to the zombies now being elected

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