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Prosecutors charge 2 campaign aides for Miami mayoral candidate Francis Suarez in absentee-ballot probe

Prosecutors charge 2 campaign aides for Miami mayoral candidate Francis Suarez in absentee-ballot probe

By Patricia Mazzei and Melissa Sanchez
pmazzei@MiamiHerald.com

Miami-Dade prosecutors on Thursday charged two political operatives for Miami mayoral candidate Francis Suarez — including his campaign manager — with unlawfully submitting absentee-ballot requests online on behalf of voters.

Campaign manager Esteban “Steve” Suarez, 34, who is also the candidate’s cousin, and campaign aide Juan Pablo Baggini, 37, were charged with attempting to request absentee ballots for 20 voters in May.

Francis Suarez, a sitting city commissioner and lawyer, was cleared of any wrongdoing during the investigation, according to the Miami-Dade state attorney’s office. His only involvement was advising his campaign to seek legal advice to make sure any online requests did not run afoul of the law.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/08/22/3580232/prosecutors-charge-2-campaign.html#storylink=cpy

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