Website Calls for Marlene Ross to Be Fired After Nude Photos Scandal
Last week, per the Palm Beach Post, we told you about Boynton Beach Commissioner Marlene Ross running into some trouble after it was revealed that she sent her lover (who apparently happens to be her first cousin) nude photos of herself through Facebook.
As a result of the scandal, Mayor Woodrow Hay called for Ross to step down.
Now, an anonymous website is calling for the same.
"Wake up, Boynton Beach!" the banner header reads. "It's time to toss Marlene Ross."
The website lists several alleged misdeeds and bad things Ross has done in her time as city commissioner.
"This is NOT about racy photos or an incestuous relationship," the web page reads. "This is about the rule of law, and a years long history of the city's other commissioners ignoring their own charter, and their own responsibly to do the right thing, and expel Ms. Ross."
Among the other allegations the site brings up:
"Ross violated Florida's homestead law by taking a huge tax break on property she owns outside the city."
"Ross violated Florida election law by making false claims against her opponent in 2011."
The allegations are strong and includes links to news stories connected to each. Although the web page gets preachy at the end, which kind of deflates its credibility in the "This is not about racy photos but the rule of law!" department.
"Most recently, Ross violated common sense and nature's law by engaging in an inappropriate incestuous relationship with her first cousin, who also happens to be a convicted felon and a cocaine dealer."
Although the page goes out of its way to judge her private life -- as shady as it might be -- it does also note that Ross should be fired for admitting to prosecutors that she felt pressured by lobbyist and former Commissioner David Katz, even though she signed an affidavit saying that he hadn't lobbied her.
"Ms. Ross also admitted that she signed a false statement saying that Mr. Katz had not lobbied her." For this, ROSS SHOULD BE FIRED!
The page also has a list of commissioners one can contact to demand Ross' firing, including Ross herself.
I want you to fire yourself!
The page's author goes by JohnQPublic1963. Weirdly and randomly, a photo of actor Bill Fagerbakke accompanies the name.
So it's unclear who is running the website, other than the person is probably 49 years old, is supposedly from Missouri, does consulting work, and is purportedly a huge fan of the TV sitcom Coach. Oh, and that he or she really, really hates Marlene Ross.
Whoever this person is, we dig his/her passion, and his/her constant use of ALL CAPS for emphasis.
Ross has been a commissioner for five years and remains steadfast in staying at her post despite the mayor's call for her stepping down, and now this web page's.
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