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FDLE Investigation Concludes Ring’s Researcher Posed as CFO Patronis to Obtain His Personal Information
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.– CFO Jimmy Patronis released the following statement today on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s (FDLE) findings that the person who posed as Patronis to obtain his personal information through a third-party state vendor in May was in fact Jake Wagman, a Democratic researcher paid by the Florida Democratic Party which was paid by the CFO’s opponent Jeremy Ring. In addition to the payment trail linking Wagman and Ring, Wagman has worked on several campaigns with Ring’s chief political consultant, Eric Johnson.
CFO Patronis said, “We already knew that Jeremy Ring is risky for Florida’s finances due to the companies that flopped with him at the helm, but now we know Jeremy Ring is not just risky, but reckless. The fact that he paid the Florida Democratic Party which paid Jake Wagman, the man FDLE concludes posed as me in order to access my personal information, is a sad new low in this race.
“While I am relieved that FDLE investigators do not believe Ring’s researcher was trying to steal from me, the fact that he entered my personal information through a page that required him to confirm that he was ‘Jimmy Patronis’ is disturbing for two reasons; first, it shows how far Reckless Ring will go in this election, and second, it reveals loopholes in third-party state vendor agreements that must be addressed. I plan to pursue legislation in the upcoming legislative session that will close these loopholes and make important reforms to safeguard Florida citizens’ personal information from criminals.”
Disclaimer: Paid by Jimmy Patronis, Republican, for Chief Financial Officer.