By: Sharon Aron Baron
A funny thing happened during Governor Rick Scott’s visit to South Florida on Thursday: running into Christine Timmon, write-in candidate for Lieutenant Governor who was dressed in what appeared to be a burka holding a sign “Wife Murder Higher After Scott Veto,” and “Tax Breaks for Murder.”
Timmon who says she is a Christian, therefore not Muslim as the burka would suggest, was largely ignored by Scott supporters. I was intrigued, and frankly a little bored waiting for Scott’s bus to roll in, so I figured I’d find out more about her.
Looking into legal suits that Timmon has filed over the years shows a person who is extremely litigious, with every case using 42 U.S. Code 1983 as the nature of the suit. U.S. Code 1983 is civil action for deprivation of rights which helps protect people and provides a remedy for a wide array of civil rights violations. What she probably didn’t know at the time was that state and regional legislators, local legislatures, city council members, and county commissioners are immune from this law.
Here are some of her suits:
- In 2006, filed suit against the City of Lansing, Michigan for violating her First and Fourteenth Amendment rights while making her refrain from saying derogatory comments about others who were non-commission members during public comments.
- In November 2009, Timmon filed a suit against City Council members of Lansing, Michigan under Section 1983. Case Dismissed.
- In August 2010, filed a suit under Section 1983 against a Lansing Michigan Councilwoman A’Lynne Robinson which was denied.
- In November 2012, she filed a suit against President Barack Obama, House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid under Section 1983.
- In December 2012, she filed a suit against the United States Government and Attorney General Eric Holder under Section 1983.
- In 2013, she filed a Section 1983 Civil Rights case against Rick Scott, Christopher Smith, Perry Thurston, Pam Bondi and all State of Florida Legislators, which was dismissed.
- Most recently, Timmon filed a Civil Rights suit under Section 1983 against the City of Hollywood, FL in July 2014.
Timmon also claims or never denies to be an attorney in this article, however, she is neither a member of the Florida Bar or Michigan bar.
One of the things she was protesting about during Governor Scott’s visit to South Florida was State Bill 178 which attempted to revise alimony laws. The bill passed in the Florida House and Senate but was ultimately vetoed by Rick Scott in May, 2013. If it had passed, it would have ended permanent alimony in Florida, making it harder to get alimony in short-term marriages, and prevented alimony payments from lasting longer than half the length of the marriage. The bill also would have required judges to give divorced parents equal custody of their children, absent extraordinary circumstances.
Timmon said that after Scott vetoed it, it caused the murder of several children.
“What children?” I asked.
“Those children over there.”
When I looked, there were no children…anywhere.
Timmon also told me that she is responsible for all the welfare reform in this country and even worked with Newt Gingrich.
In her handout, it says that her running-mate for Governor, Charles Tolbert (NPA) is a Pastor who has a doctorate in education, a master’s in theology and is a retired master sergeant in the US Army. Their brochure says they will add “spice and diversity” to the race.
One of their campaign promises is to make all driver’s licenses and car registrations permanent by only registering once at the time of purchase and never again until you buy another one. A driver’s license would be permanent unless one gets too many tickets.
They also want to reform immigration by opening a State of Florida immigration office, issuing state residency cards with a magnetic strip that reveals they are in Florida legally. Currently, there are many United States Immigration locations already in Florida, and this plan would supersede that process. The Florida card would cost $1,500 a year, and Tolbert and Timmon says it will bring “billions of dollars to Florida.”
They want to have programs to train families to take care of their relatives instead of sending them to nursing homes “saving Florida billions of dollars in reduced nursing home costs.”
Tamarac residents: if you’re not happy with Crist or Scott, you now have another option in this election and she’ll provide a lot of great material for me too.