The Double Cross

Two years ago, Ken Eggleston was Palm Beach County Sheriff Ed Bieluch's heir apparent. Now, they are implacable foes. What happened?

Friedkin bristles over what he considers the sheriff's betrayal of the party that helped him gain office. "Bieluch clearly made a deal with Foley," Friedkin declares. "Bieluch committed himself to get Ken out of the race and keep him from running against Foley."

Carhart says Bieluch was neutral about the Foley/Eggleston race. As for reelection, Bieluch has every intention of running -- and as a Democrat, she says.

That road, however, might be bumpy.

Ed Bieluch (second from left) reminisces about the good old days
Colby Katz
Ed Bieluch (second from left) reminisces about the good old days
Democratic leader Monte Friedkin swears turncoat Bieluch won't get reelection support from the party
Colby Katz
Democratic leader Monte Friedkin swears turncoat Bieluch won't get reelection support from the party

"At the end of the day, the Democrats in this county will take him out as fast as they put him in," Friedkin declares. "He will not get a free ride in 2004 -- I don't care if he stands on his head. He has really hurt himself among the Democratic community because of what he's done to Ken. I'll do everything in my power to help whoever's running against him."

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