He wants to be the Sheriff here
He’s running with a cause
He wants to stop the doctors who
Are following the laws
He knows abortion’s legal, but
He knows it’s wrong, of course—
He’s willing to prevent it, through
The use of deadly force
He’d prosecute the doctors, and
He’d drag them off to court
Or citizens grand jury, as
A path of last resort
He wants to be the Sheriff, cos
He’d answer, then, to none…
It’s time to pop some popcorn—
The election’s getting fun.
Story, after the jump:
In the Live Free or Die state, a candidate for Hillsborough County Sheriff wants to take the law into his own hands:
Frank Szabo said that as sheriff, he would arrest any doctor performing elective or late-term abortions in his jurisdiction.
“There is a difference between legal and lawful,” Szabo said.
Of course, answering this in the abstract is one thing. How he translates this to action is another. I mean, arresting a doctor for performing a legal procedure is a fairly radical stance…
But Szabo may have inflamed the issue further when asked if he would use deadly force to prevent an abortion.
“I would respond specifically by saying that if someone is under threat, a full-grown human being, if they’re under threat, what should the sheriff do? Everything in their power to prevent them from being harmed,” he said.
When pressed about what he would do if he learned that a doctor was about to perform an elective abortion, Szabo replied he would do what it took to prevent that from happening.
“Absolutely,” he said. “Well, I would hope that it wouldn’t come to that, as with any situation where someone is in danger, but again, specifically talking about elective abortions and late-term abortions, that is an act that needs to be stopped.”
To be fair (why, really?) to his party, at least one GOP leader has called on Szabo to quit the race, pointing out that he clearly does not understand the role of the office for which he is running.
Szabo’s rhetoric puts him squarely in the “sovereign citizen” camp, where an understanding of actual law is not nearly as important as a defense of what he understands (or misunderstands) common law to be. After he arrests the doctor for performing a legal procedure…
“The county attorney would then need to follow through on prosecuting,” Szabo said. “And if they choose not to do their duty and uphold the constitution, they can be brought up on charges before what is called a citizens grand jury, which is something that is not common in the United States, but again is something based in common law that is within the purview of the county sheriff.”
The money quote, though, closes the article:
Szabo said he doesn’t have any background in law enforcement, but he said his business background gives him the experience to run for the position of sheriff.
Oh, yeah, as usual, the comments are worth the price of admission.