Wednesday, December 31, 2003
Who is the most despised elected official in modern American political history? If you guessed Richard Nixon or Rep. Gary Condit, you'd be wrong. The lowest public approval rating -- 14% -- has been reserved for Miriam Oliphant, the Broward County Supervisor of Elections who was removed in November by Gov. Jeb Bush for gross incompetence. Both dim-witted and arrogant, this prominent African-American office-holder also contributed to racial polarization in South Florida. She's been selected as City Link's "Jackass of the Year," and the story of her rise and fall also offers lessons to anyone who lives in a racially polarized urban area.
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