by T.L. James | 9:20 pm, October 27, 2012 | Comments Off
The woman named “Democrat of The Year” this year by the Jefferson County Democratic Party has been convicted of felony theft by a Jefferson County jury for stealing from a developmentally disabled 71-year-old woman…
On Thursday, a jury convicted 66-year-old Estelle Carson of felony identify theft and felony theft from an at risk adult for stealing checks from the woman and using them to pay her own cable, cell phone and internet bills.
The victim is partially blind, developmentally disabled, has cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair. She is on a fixed income of $596 per month according to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office…
Democrats love to accuse Republicans of being “greedy” (for wanting to keep more of the money we earn, for example). No, no, no: stealing money from someone who takes in $596 a month in order to pay for your cable, cellphone, and internet services – luxuries you can live without if necessary — is greedy.
Stealing that money from someone who is disabled is depraved.
Surely even Democrats – those self-appointed guardians of the poor and downtrodden and defenseless – could see just how wrong Carson’s actions were. Right? Umm…
But three days before the January 8 gala, advocates for the victim contacted the party via email and phone informing them of the criminal investigation.
One wrote “I am completely appalled,” to learn of the planned honor. The woman suggested the Democratic Party should “un-invite Estelle and not follow through with this honor.”
Cindy Maxwell told CBS4 she informed Democratic Party officials that Carson had already confessed to the theft as part of the investigation.
But Chris Kennedy, chairman of the Jefferson County Democratic party, dismissed the concerns saying there was not a conviction and bestowed the “Democrat Of The Year” honor on Carson.
In an email following the event, Kennedy wrote, “After much consideration, my decision was that the award being presented by my organization and the alleged financial exploitation need to be compartmentalized, one having no bearing on the other. Thus I decided to present the award to Estelle.”
I guess not. Apparently the “seriousness of the allegations” and the “appearance of impropriety” are less important when you can “compartmentalize” the accusations. And when the accused is an important Democrat in your county.
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