Eileen Ferdinand convienently switches parties to apply for Pasco County Tax Collector

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As Governor Rick Scott’s office considers the choices to succeed the late Mike Olson as Pasco County Tax Collector, one of the applicants for the position has made a timely party-switch.

Eileen Ferdinand, Olson’s second-in-command at the Tax Collector’s office, changed her party registration from Democrat to Republican on June 27, according to the Pasco County Supervisor of Elections’ office. The 27th was the day after Olson died

Because that’s what you do after your boss dies … you change party affiliations.

Obviously, Ferdinand would like to succeed Olson, but if she had an issue all those years with being a Democrat, maybe she should have changed parties before Olson’s job opened or waited until the man was buried before she started angling for his job.

Certainly, Scott’s appointments office will see through such a cynical move.

Oh, and on another note, Ferdinand’s party-switch, since it has occurred within one year of the 2014 candidate qualifying period, precludes her from running for a Tax Collector as a Republican next November.

In addition to Ferdinand, the other applicants for the Tax Collector are Edward Blommel, who ran in 2012 against Olson but collected only 32% of the vote, Matthew Abbott, George Farrell, Gary Joiner, and Gabriel Papadopoulos.

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