(Winter Park, Florida) A poll conducted over the weekend among 400 registered voters in the Orange, Osceola judicial circuit shows embattled incumbent state attorney Lawson L. Lamar running behind one of his two primary challengers in the leadup to the August primary.
Jeff Ashton, the prosecutor in the failed effort against Casey Anthony is running double-digits ahead of Lamar according to the poll. Another challenger, Jeff Williams is also running well.
These poll results do not bode well for the highly controversial state attorney who has battled accusations of official corruption and incompetence since his first election 1988.
The survey was conducted by the Maitland based Kitchens group using a Internet Voting Panel of 400 democratic primary voters across Orange and Osceola counties.
Lamar has also come under intense fire for the improper prosecution of radio talk show host and Ax the Tax Chairman Doug Guetzloe for a missing line on a campaign flyer. The law, thrown out as unconstitutional infringement of the First Amendment, was used by Lamar after the law no longer existed to punish Guetzloe, a longtime critic and opponent of Lamar’s. Other notable failures of Lamar’s administration include: State Senator Gary Siplin; former State Representative Sherry McInvale; Gray Robinson lobbyist Robert Stuart; Osceola County businessman Tony Ferentinos; Osceola county activist Armando Ramirez and Osceola County Clerk Malcolm Thompson.
Lamar maintains the lowest prosecution rate in Florida.
Much of Lamar’s controversies in the past and ethical lapses are discussed in a new book release by Gerald William Shaw entitled AXING TAXES!
The book can be obtained on Amazon in Kindle and paperback at all booksellers.