State Sen. Joseph Abruzzo, D-Wellington, is a man who believes in coincidences. At least, he expects Palm Beach County residents to believe in them.
Five days after his friend and assistant was passed over for a position directing the county’s commission on ethics, Sen. Abruzzo used his influence to sic state auditors on the tiny agency, a bizarre, nearly unprecedented move that smacks of retribution and political intimidation. But when one of the five commission members called him out publicly on Thursday, Sen. Abruzzo pleaded innocence. He asked state auditors to investigate, he claimed, before his staffer and longtime friend was officially passed over for the job.
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