Ain't Nothing Happy About these Holidays for Rep. Franklin Sands
A week ago, Sands opened Monday's edition of the Palm Beach Post to a story about how he allegedly used Democrats' willingness to give to the Florida Democratic Party as a basis for deciding who deserved a prized committee assignment.
The story's a particular punch to the gut because it was an inside job: Sands' own party members gave him up. It appears one anonymous Democrat gave the Post a cell phone message left by a
But that's a flimsy argument. Sansom profits personally from the job he got at the college, which may have been linked to his public work on the college's behalf. Sands was only hustling to get money for the state party, for which he wouldn't have profited personally and which happened to be part of his job as a party leader. Huge difference.
In any case, this episode wasn't nearly the most destructive one of the month for Sands. In today's Sun-Sentinel, Sands reveals that he lost his life's savings in the Bernard Madoff case.
Sands, who got rich in the mail-order jewelry business, is rich no longer. At age 68, he makes $30,000 per year as a legislator. Now he has to find a full-time job.
Give credit to Sands for going public on this. It takes a lot to admit you've been tricked. In some small way, maybe it helps some of the other victims spread throughout South Florida.
-- Thomas Francis