SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. —One of the Democratic contenders in the State Senate District 9 race covering Seminole and part of Volusia counties is the target of a negative mailer that claims she defended a sex offender.
“I do not believe any of this nonsense. It’s just trash,” Patricia Sigman said.
Democratic candidate Patricia Sigman is furious about the new attack mailer. It blasts the attorney for “defending a sexual predator” calling it “indefensible.”
The flyer, however, is misleading.
Former Osceola County deputy Chad Lakey was convicted of child sex crimes in 2011, and is in prison and like her own mailers point out, she’s a lawyer.
But the mailer infers that she defended Lakey in his criminal case, which is false.
“They’re taking just completely unrelated things that have absolutely nothing to do with each other, that are many years apart, and pretending that they are somehow related and they are not. It’s just completely fake,” Sigman said.
When Lakey was fired in 2002 for allegedly lying to a superior officer, court records indicate Sigman, a labor lawyer, represented him when he fought to get his job back.