Convicted Politician Of Some Unknown Party Gets Send Off Party

by William Teach | March 31, 2009 5:59 pm

Let’s play “Name That Party Affiliation[1]!”

Convicted ex-lawmaker cries, grateful to Sparkman crowd

The people started rolling into Sparkman Middle School and getting in line Sunday at 1:45 p.m. in the school’s gymnasium.

The tears soon followed – many of them from former state Rep. Sue Schmitz of Toney.

The people – and the tears – kept coming for the next two hours during Sue Schmitz Day.

The former Sparkman High School teacher of 17 years (1986-2002) and Columbia High School (2003-2006) was convicted in February of fraud in a case in which federal prosecutors said she used political connections to get a job in the two-year college system and then didn’t do the work. She will be sentenced at a later date.

Isn’t that wonderful? They gave her a rousing sendoff before jail time, just to let her know they support her, and thank her for being such a great teacher, legislator, and friend of the community. Despite having hosed the community to get a job she never did. Did I mention she was nailed on 7 of 8 felony fraud counts? ‘Cause the story sure doesn’t. That couldn’t have anything to do with

State Sen. Tom Butler, D-Madison, was there. So was state Rep. Randy Hinshaw, D-Meridianville, state Rep. Butch Taylor, D-New Hope, and County Commissioner Roger Jones. Harvest Volunteer Chief Tim Westwick was there…

I’m still missing the Party identification[2]

Tuesday’s felony convictions automatically remove Schmitz from the Legislature. She was a Democrat representing Toney, in Madison County.

Ah, there it is. Let’s play “Imagine If She Was A Republican.” Of course, she would be identified as such. That is a given. Second, Republicans would not throw her a going away to the big house party, unlike Democrats, who treat going to jail as a time to celebrate, like the mafia does. Third, imagine the outcy from Democrats and their compliant Credentialed Media if Republicans were to do the unthinkable and have a going away to jail party.

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