Florida Republican Jason Mariner has been convicted of felony theft, cocaine possession, obstructing justice and violently resisting arrest– and he just won the GOP primary for Florida’s 20th Congressional District!
“I’ve always lived very close to district 20, whether it be in 18, or 21.”
Oh, but the 36-year-old advertising executive’s qualifications are just what you might expect from a “Florida man” running for Congress, as he:
- is a convicted felon
- continues to question the legitimacy of the 2020 election
- praised the Jan. 6 rioters who attacked the Capitol
- has at least one Confederate flag tattoo on his arm
- was accused by his ex-wife of threatening to kidnap and assault her – but she now supports his candidacy.
- filed for his candidacy on Aug. 10, 9 days before his driver’s license was restored following a crash that resulted in a careless driving citation
- says he is “tough on crime,” eager to “build the wall,” and wants to protect the 2nd Amendment “the way it was written by our founding fathers.”
Mariner is running in a special election to replace longtime Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL), who died in April.
According to The Palm Beach Post, Mariner
“did not go through the state’s process to restore his civil rights after his imprisonment, interviews and records show. That step is required under Florida law for a candidate to hold political office.
Under new clemency rules Gov. Ron DeSantis announced earlier this year, ex-felons are automatically entitled to have their rights restored — including the right to hold political office — but must submit to a formal process administered by the Florida Commission on Offender Review and Office of Executive Clemency. Under a constitutional amendment that Florida voters approved in 2020, ex-felons can register to vote once they serve their prison terms and pay any court fines.”
Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick is the Democrat running in the Jan. 11 special election and calls Mariner’s ideals
Anyone that doesn’t realize the Confederate Flag is a symbol of racism, violence, and a symbol of hatred is denying the truth of it.
Anyone that doesn’t recognize that in a largely diverse district, is dangerous.”
A photo posted on Facebook (and since removed) featured Mariner, shirtless, with a tattoo on his right arm of a blonde woman with a Confederate flag on her shorts. Mariner said of getting the tattoo,
“I don’t regret it, it’s taught me a valuable lesson. Symbolism throughout history, like the swastika. Swastika is Sanskrit, meaning ‘conducive to well-being.’
The Nazis adopted that, making it now an internationally recognized symbol of hate.”
Another photo provided to The Beast showed Mariner dressed in a “Florida Cracker” shirt with the Confederate flag draped over the state’s outline. J.C. Western Wear, the store that sold the shirt, wrote on its blog that it would help any individual
“become the center of attraction and a member of the South’s ruling class.”
Given all this, Mariner has STILL garnered the support of some of the state’s biggest newspapers, like the Miami Herald and the South Florida Sun Sentinel. And several prominent Republicans endorse him, like Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and, of course, Roger Stone.
In his written responses, Mariner told The Daily Beast that they should report the whole picture of the man,
“If you look at the ratings of most main stream [sic] news outlets, they are in the toilet, and they will stay that way as long as we have hit pieces done on good people as it appears you are doing with me.
I hope you’ll take this second chance in writing about me, and create an accurate description of who I am.”
You can read the full story here, but, I think it seems pretty clear who this guy is…
(via The Daily Beast)