Last week he was decrying 'culture of corruption', today Doug Guetzloe sentenced to 15 mos. in jail for tax evasion

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I enjoy walking around in the nude, so to speak, so I don’t pretend to live in a glass house.  I am truly, truly sorry to see misfortune befall anyone in the political industry, but…

Last week, Tea Party, um, leader Doug Guetzloe was decrying the ‘culture of corruption’ in Tallahassee in a column for Florida Voices, writing about the “lack of ethical conduct” from others.

How ironic, considering Guetzloe was sentenced to sentenced to 15 months in federal prison Monday after a jury found him guilty of failing to file tax returns in 2005 and 2006, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Prosecutors alleged that Guetzloe failed to file returns on about $187,000 in income in 2005 and $188,000 in 2006. Guetzloe has been prominent, in part, because of his leadership of a group called “Ax the Tax” that has fought tax proposals.

Listen, I’ve had more than my share of ethical issues, but that’s why you don’t see me tearing down the personal lives of others.  If its in the public domain, that’s fair game, but if some junior staffer gets popped for a DUI, you’re not going to read about it here.

Obviously, Doug Guetzloe had a different standard.

Well, kettle, this is Doug Guetzloe. He’s black also.

Material from the News Service of Florida was used in this report.

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