A subject of the article below, Jennifer Soto, is no
relation to Kelvin Soto, Armando Ramirez's opponent.
Also, someone commented recently "If he were a
democrat, it wouldn't have even been reported."
Ramirez is a democrat. So much for that thesis.
From the Orlando Sentinel (see PDF attached):
Outside review found pattern of misconduct
at Osceola clerk's office
A report produced in May by an outside firm found a
litany of inappropriate practices in the Osceola Clerk
of Court's office, including questionable hirings of
friends and relatives of high-ranking officials as well
as abuse of work hours and time off.
The 48-page report - prepared by Tampa-based Brown Law
& Consulting and recently obtained by the Orlando
Sentinel - was commissioned by Clerk of Courts Armando
Ramirez after several members of his staff wrote
letters that "suggested a pervasive pattern of
Ramirez's administration has consistently faced
scrutiny for alleged nepotism and other questionable
office practices dating back to soon after he was sworn
Just months into his first term, he announced Soto as
his chief deputy clerk despite her having only an
associate degree in paralegal studies and a handful of
years' experience working at a law firm.
Since then, according to the Brown Law report, Soto's
performance at her post and her alleged questionable
hirings caused Ramirez to express "concerns or regret
over having employed Jennifer," despite there being no
critical performance reviews on her record.