Tea Party darling Nutting booted from office in El Dorado

Editor’s note: We’d written about this issue before. Nutting is a darling of the Tea Party.

“Ray Nutting was stripped of his seat on the Board of Supervisors in a dramatic sentencing order Friday that will shake up El Dorado County’s political leadership and force an election to fill his job,” as the Sacramento Bee is reporting.

“Three weeks after the embattled supervisor appeared to emerge victorious when he was acquitted of felony charges of political malfeasance, a judge declared that Nutting must forfeit his elected office because of misdemeanor convictions over how he raised his bail money.

“Declaring that Nutting had committed ‘misconduct in office,’ visiting Superior Court Judge Timothy S. Buckley issued a notice to the county that Nutting’s seat is now vacant. He also sentenced Nutting to 30 days of community service in lieu of jail time.

“Suddenly, Nutting’s political career appears to be over with 2 1/2 years remaining on his board term. He is out of office as a result of his actions in the frenetic moments after he was ordered to surrender on felony charges that he had failed to disclose more than $70,000 in state grant income for brush-clearing on his family ranch.

“A jury acquitted Nutting on May 14 on three felony counts and deadlocked on a fourth felony count of submitting false paperwork when the work was completed.

“But he was convicted of six misdemeanors for accepting loans from two county employees and a construction contractor to bail himself out of jail on May 28, 2013.

“In his sentencing, Buckley made particular note of the fact that one person who provided bail money for Nutting, Doug Veerkamp, was a wealthy contractor who does business with the county. Veerkamp, who had his money returned the same day, had said he was helping out a personal friend.

“’I would point out that Mr. Nutting is responsible on the Board of Supervisors for voting on contracts involving large amounts of money,’ the judge said. ‘Certainly he would look favorably on an individual who helped bail him out of jail.’”

The rest of the article is here.

 

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One Response to Tea Party darling Nutting booted from office in El Dorado

  1. Douglas Keachie says:

    Obviously Nutting had the cash where he alone could get to it. Obviously he trusted no one in his family or his lawyer to get it for him. Thus the short term loan. His paranoia has now bit him on the ass.

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