South Florida has been awarded the coveted #1 ranking as the public corruption capital of U.S..
Between 1996 and 2005, a record-setting 576 people were convicted of federal corruption charges in the district that extends from Key West to Sebastian, according to the agency’s most recent annual report.
Actually, the award is a bit of a misnomer — given that it is awarded for the most public officials convicted of corruption, it could easily mean that we’re the leader in dumb and corrupt public officials. Maybe in Chicago or DC they are smarter at covering their tracks. Or maybe we have better prosecutors.
In any case, I would like to go on record as saying that this award is unfair to both of the smart, honest, hard-working public officials in South Florida.
I’m sure that there are at least a couple.