Two Democrats Running For Office From Jail, One Expected To Win
Two Democrats are running for political office even though they are in jail and one of them is expected to win because nobody is opposing him.
Ron Reynolds is the sitting Texas state representative who is in the Montgomery County Jail and is inmate 232573, according to KPRC.
Reynolds, who isn’t facing an opponent in his re-election bid, was sentenced to a one-year sentence for five misdemeanor convictions of “barratry” involving his law practice.
KPRC reported that “barratry” was a legal term for ambulance chasing.
Prosecutors said that Reynolds was working with felon Robert Valdez to buy cases and Reynolds is no longer allowed to practice law, according to KPRC.
In March, KPRC reported that Reynolds also has $52,000 in fines he owes to the Ethics Commission. Reynolds told KPRC that he missed a couple of deadlines.
In 2016, Reynolds lost a $500,000 judgment to a woman after he settled a wrongful death case involving the woman’s daughter but never told the woman he had settled it.
KPRC reported that there is no Republican running against Reynolds this November.
Reynolds has appeared in a TV ad with Democratic politician Beto O’Rourke, who is up against Texas Senator Ted Cruz, according to KPRC.
“Rep. Reynolds has full confidence that his experienced staff will be able to handle any immediate needs of his constituents, during his 4-6 month absence,” Reynolds said in a statement, according to the Texas Tribune.
Steve Foster is a Democrat running for political office in Georgia in the race for U.S. Congress. However, Foster was arrested and jailed after he was convicted of drunken driving in August. He was sentenced to six months in jail, according to WSB.
Foster was pulled over after he was driving with is lights off in the evening. His blood alcohol level was .103, which is over the legal limit of .08, according to WSB.
The Daily Citizen reported that Foster challenged police officers to a fight and went on a rant that was recorded after he was pulled over.
“Eleven years I served this county,” Foster said, according to the Daily Citizen. “I hate this county. I prayed to God that he would curse it. And guess what? He did. Man, I saw it hit and cursed, and I saw people laid off right and left — white people. I hate this county ...”
Foster also talked about the intelligence of airport security officials as well as the sexual history of Hillary Clinton’s brother and religion, the Daily Citizen reported.
Dan Lovingood, the 14th District chairman for the state Democratic Party, told WSB that Foster would still be on the November ballot unless he quit.
"Ultimately, it's his decision whether he decides to withdraw," Lovingood told WSB.