America's Worst Politicians

America's Worst Politicians
Illustration by Alvaro Diaz-Rubio

King George III was "a Tyrant... unfit to be the ruler of a free people," Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence exactly 238 years ago this week.

Tommy had it right.

Ever since then, Americans have been calling out their leaders. "Tyrant" was just the start. We've moved on to crook (Nixon), liar (Clinton), and moron (Dubya).

Whether or not you agree with the peanut gallery, there's no denying that such written assaults on public honchos are as American as baseball, apple pie, and the iPhone.

So on this Independence Day, those closest to American politics — 50 writers and editors of the alternative press from across the land — have combined their collective genius. They've named 53 of the nation's worst elected leaders from 23 of the largest states and the District of Columbia, then separated them into five categories: hatemongers, sleazeballs, blowhards, users and boozers, and horn dogs.

There's more than just the usual stodgy Washington losers. Try Colorado sheriff Terry Maketa, who allegedly had sex with not one, not two, but three underlings and then lied about it. Or check out Kentucky state Representative Jim Gooch, who allegedly tossed a pair of pink panties onto a table at a conference and said, "I'm looking for the lady who lost these."

Want a little old-school corruption? Florida's governor, Rick Scott, who will be up for re-election soon, founded a health-care empire that was whacked with the largest Medicare fraud fine in U.S. history: $1.7 billion for stealing from the feds. There's also Washington, D.C. council member Michael Brown, who once accepted $200,000 to stay out of an election and was later indicted after grabbing at a cash-stuffed duffel bag offered by an undercover FBI agent.

Of course, there are big names here too. South Carolina's "Luv Guv" Mark Sanford made the list. So did Texas' Green Eggs and Ham filibusterer Ted Cruz and Minnesota loon Michele Bachmann. Even pol wannabe Donald Trump snuck in a side door.

So before you head out for the fireworks or swig some patriotic brew, check out the full lineup of America's worst politicians. — Chuck Strouse

 
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You are correct, Governor Rick Scott's Medicare fraud tops anybodies list.  Just today it's pointed out by Senator Nelson that Florida regulators are no longer monitoring Florida Blue Cross rate increases.  Just today it's announced that Florida Blue Cross is raising rates 17.6% because last years BCBSF rate increase of 16.5% was not enough. 


Florida Blue must be stuffing Governor Scott's campaign war chest for eliminating all state government regulators.  Florida is the 1st state to be so bold.


The only person you can trust less than Rick Scott is Charles Crist, another sleazeball.


Vote Sanity / Vote Wyllie 

m.f1rstangel
m.f1rstangel

I see, in true Liberal Form, you reserved your derision to the GOP faithful perhaps so as not to reveal your "public school" miseducation. What about the current "most powerful man in the universe" BrObama?! Despite being elected twice with a higher percentage of the so-called "white" vote he pouts when he doesn't get his way; complaining "they don't like me because I'm black!" Perhaps this skipped your notice because the Amnesty "fix is in and we are poised to become just another third world cesspool!

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Marco Rubio is a product of entitlement through the mechanisms of the most corrupt political system I have seen (at the surface) during my lifetime in Florida.Trying to look more Hispanic by referring to the same Marco Rubio who talks big but fails to deliver? I am a firm believer of Washington living by the same standards as the people, across the board (in terms of benefits, salaries, vacations, retirement, etc.). The question is, is this guy in over his head or not ?  I am not alone in thinking he is not representing all Floridians? We could go into politics like rubio. Using our state Amex card for my personal things, still be in college tuition debt, and buy a second home with other legislators and let it go onto foreclosure. Not sure what advice you could those that pay their bills for someone that has healthcare insurance through the taxpayer.Hey Marco, man-up, Why not enlist and do a couple of tours of duty over there? You're young enough. How about shedding some of your own blood for once? Maybe, you'll be less gung-ho to shed someone else's..Rubio's 2010 senate campaign was fined $8,000 by the Federal Elections Committee for receiving "prohibited, excessive and other impermissible contributions totaling $210,173.09."Marco Rubio, was paying thousands to Bovo's firm absentee Helping Rubio cruise to a surprise win was a political consulting firm owned by Viviana Bovo, the wife of county Commissioner Esteban Bovo. She was paid $19,637 for "political strategy" and "consulting" by Rubio's campaign.Marco Rubio, was paying thousands to Bovo's firm absentee voting 78,223 absentee votes, compared to 26,533 for Meek and 25,478 for Crist. He claims to be an expert schooled in Climate Science too.

 
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