Sheriff candidate Scott Swope paid $3K for vasectomy reversal even as his mortgage went unpaid

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Here is the one paragraph, courtesy of Peter Jamison of the Tampa Bay Times, that puts to an end any chance Democrat Scott Swope had at becoming Pinellas County Sheriff:

“Swope’s private finances are also less than tidy. In 2009, a judge overseeing his divorce chided him for his budgeting priorities. Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Jack Helinger stated in a written order that Swope had spent $5,000 on an engagement ring for his new fiancee and $3,000 on a vasectomy reversal, even as the mortgage went unpaid on the house still occupied by his ex-wife.”

Sorry, Scott, you’re a nice guy but that’s game, set, match.

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