Gov. Bush Suspends Dyer From Office

ORLANDO, Fla. — Gov. Jeb Bush signed an executive order Friday suspending indicted Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer from office.

The mayor and three others were indicted Friday morning in an election fraud scandal that arose after the mayoral election last year, WESH NewsChannel 2 reported.

The executive order suspends Dyer from his role as mayor and prohibits him from performing any official act, duty or function of public office.

Dyer will not be allowed to receive his salary or any of the “emoluments or priviliges” of public office during his suspension. The suspension is effective immediately and will last until a further executive order is issued or the case is resolved.

Earlier in the day, Bush hinted that a suspension was imminent.

“We want to get it confirmed. I have not gotten the details of how (the indictment) reads. But generally, if a public official is indicted, our policy is to suspend,” Bush said.

Bush said he considers news of Dyer’s indictment disappointing because it violates the public trust in its elected officials. The governor’s comments came outside of the First Robotics regional competition at the University of Central Florida Friday morning.

While his attention focused on the high school students he wants to see in Florida colleges someday, he said he wanted to read the indictment of Dyer before making a decision to suspend him from office.

“I want to get that confirmed and get directly from the FDLE (Florida Department of Law Enforcement) and the local state attorney what the actual language is. But that is our policy. We’ve been consistent. I’ve been consistent over my six years as governor,” Bush said.

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1 Comment so far

  1. Ima Fake (unregistered) on March 12th, 2005 @ 9:17 am

    Buddy got what he deserved. Florida is a one-party state and people need to conform or go to jail. This is a Bush-loving state and we need to get in line.

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