Now that former U.S. Congressman Mark Foley has begun his unembarrassed return to Republican politics, it's tempting to recall the many other disgraced Floridians who perhaps should have stayed hidden longer. Blithely ignoring the infamy of their scandals, these public figures insist on resurrecting their careers. Shouldn't there be a statute of limitations on this kind of thing?
Ken Jenne. Ex-Broward County sheriff, convicted on public corruption charges. He left prison in 2008 and was promptly hired to work in the political consulting group of that most upstanding Fort Lauderdale firm, Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler.
Katherine Harris. The former secretary of state brought national embarrassment to Florida during the 2000 election
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debacle. Thanks to her, we got eight years of Bush and a lifetime of jokes about hanging chads. And yet she went on to serve four years in Congress, then tried to run for the U.S. Senate before being engulfed by... yet another scandal.
Tiger Woods.Tabloids are still scrambling to find his alleged mistress, Rachel Uchitel, on Palm Beach, and Tiger's already back in the game. Four months is sooo not long enough to reinvent yourself.
Kevin McCarty. Fresh from his prison sentence, the bond underwriter and husband of disgraced former Palm Beach County Commissioner Mary McCarty showed up at a recent Mitt Romney speech in West Palm. Dude, where is your tact?