Governor suspends mayor 06/26/99




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Governor suspends mayor


Associated Press

PALM BAY -- The controversial mayor of Palm Bay has been suspended by Gov. Jeb Bush because he lost his civil rights, including the right to vote, after felony drug convictions.

John Mazziotti served more than two years in a federal penitentiary for a 1971 marijuana trafficking conviction in Pennsylvania and a 1972 conviction for smuggling amphetamines across the Canadian border.

The decision to suspend John Mazziotti was made a week after Brevard County's election supervisor removed him from the voter rolls because of the drug convictions. That decision followed a ruling in January by a Brevard County judge that Mazziotti should be removed from the voter rolls.

The Florida Constitution forbids anyone convicted of a felony from holding public office unless their civil rights have been restored, Bush said in an order issued late Thursday.

''The governor made his decision and we'll abide by it,'' Mazziotti told Florida Today. ''We have applied for clemency and hopefully it will work out.''



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