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On November 16, 2023, Patty Lee Cummings was charged with one count of Fraudulent Application for License, a third-degree felony under section 322.212(5), Florida Statutes, and two counts of False Swearing in Connection with or Arising out of Voting, a third-degree felony under section 104.011(1), Florida Statutes. In accordance with article IV, section 7(c) of the Florida Constitution and section 112.51, Florida Statutes, Governor DeSantis issued an executive order suspending Cummings from her position as City Councilwoman effective immediately.
The executive order states that Cummings is prohibited from performing any official act, duty or function of public office; from receiving any pay or allowance; and from being entitled to any of the emoluments or privileges of public office during the period of this suspension until a further executive order is issued or as otherwise provided by law.
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The charges against Cummings stem from an information filed in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit which alleges that she committed felonies under the laws of the State of Florida. The Governor believes that it is in the best interests of the residents and citizens of Florida that Cummings be immediately suspended from her public office.
In response to this news, Jason Mahon, Director of Communications for Governor Ron DeSantis said "To read the full executive order click here".
The suspension comes at a time when many are questioning whether elected officials should be held accountable for their actions while in office. This executive order serves as a reminder that those who are elected to serve their communities must do so with integrity and honesty or face consequences for their actions.
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