A Class C misdemeanor is punishable by a fine of no more than $500, and being convicted of a Class C misdemeanor “does not impose any legal disability or disadvantage”.
She violated the law and was filmed by a KHOU news crew admitting it. This flagrant disregard for the law of the land goes part and parcel with what makes Tom DeLay Republicans tick. They are above the law. And that attitude is exactly what got and is getting Republicans all over in hot water.
Texas Democratic Party lawyer Chad Dunn plans on filing complaints with the Secretary of State’s office and the county attorney. Chad Dunn, you will recall, successfully argued that Tom DeLay could not be replaced on the general election ballot because he had effectively resigned and was not ineligible as claimed by Tina Benkiser and the Republican Party of Texas.
But early word from Fort Bend County Elections office is that Fort Bend County Election administrator J.R. Perez is declining to investigate this flagrant criminal act. He says that he wishes that she would have gone to another restroom, but that is it.
According to the KHOU story, democratic volunteer poll watcher Jane Borden Matcha said that “she saw Sekula-Gibbs enter the polling place and introduce herself. Matcha said Sekula-Gibbs peeked inside a voting booth, spoke with voters and introduced herself to Matcha. Matcha said she complained to the election judge about Sekula-Gibbs' actions, but the judge chose not to respond.”
I have to ask myself, why would she risk flagrantly violating the law in order to relieve her bladder? The answer has to be self-promotion. By violating this fairly minor law having a very low fine and no disability or disadvantage, Sekula-Gibbs garnered for herself tens of thousands of dollars worth of free air time and attention.
Sekula-Gibbs has now had her name boldly announced on KHOU evening news as "Republican Congressional Candidate Shelley Sekula-Gibbs". She got what she wanted. While you will still have to write her name in, Republicans have nearly successfully overturned Judge Sparks' order that Tom DeLay not be replaced on the ballot.
Republicans are very cynical about the law, you see.
So it’s really worse than it appears. Not only did Sekula-Rodriguez-Gibbs purposely and intentionally violate the law, she did it for political gain. If there isn’t a law against that, and a felony at that, there ought to be.
This really needs to be made into bad news for Sekula-Gibbs. She needs to pay dearly for the advantage and free air time that she got for violating the law of the land.
Let’s start with exposing this ploy for what it is, and compare it to Tom DeLay trickery and deceit. Vote for this woman and you help elect an immoral, self-promoting, conniving, corrupt politician to replace the previous immoral, self-promoting, conniving, corrupt politician.
Then let's get the DCCC to photoshop a picture of her in a pink prison jumpsuit and send out this piece:
"Is There Any Truth to the Story that Shelley Sekula-Gibbs Did Hard Time for Selling Crack Cocaine to Her Daughter's Middle School Friends?".