Gov. DeSantis suspends Patty Cummings from Cape Coral Council
Patty Cummings. Image via Facebook.

The State Attorney's Office arrested Cummings, alleging she lied about her residency on official documents.

Gov. Ron DeSantis has suspended Cape Coral City Councilwoman Patty Cummings.

The move came days after Cummings was arrested when a state attorney’s investigation determined she lied about living in the district she represents when filing for office. According to NBC-2, Cummings faces three third-degree felonies: Fraudulent application for a driver’s license and two counts of false swearing in with voting of elections.

Cummings won her seat representing District 4 last November, unseating incumbent Jennifer Nelson.

But she has since faced allegations that she was living in District 2 and lied both in stating her residency as a candidate and on her voter registration.

A warrant for Cummings’ arrest issued by the State Attorney’s Office also details allegations of lying on a driver’s license application.

An attorney for Cummings sent a memo to local media outlets earlier this week saying the Council member did not intend to resign.

“City Council member Patty Cummings was duly elected by her constituents. Her campaign victory, while a surprise to much of the local political machine, struck a blow for individual liberty, small business, and the hardworking citizens of the City of Cape Coral,” wrote attorney Paul Sisco.

“City Council positions belong to the people and not politicians. Ms. Cummings entered the arena without guile or cynicism — an ideal candidate. That displeased the machine. She has great personal character, heart, and a genuine concern for her city. We cannot and will not comment directly on the facts of ongoing litigation. Instead, we will rely on one of America’s greatest ideals, the Due Process which our Constitution guarantees. As for now, if anyone wishes for her not to participate on behalf of her constituents, you will need to beat her in an election.”

But DeSantis suspended her from office following her arrest, citing the felonies.

“Patty Lee Cummings is prohibited from performing any official act, duty, or function of public office; from receiving any pay or allowance; and from being entitled to any of the emoluments or privileges of public office during the period of this suspension, which period shall be from today until a further Executive Order is issued or as otherwise provided by law,” reads the order DeSantis signed.

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  • Sonja Fitch

    November 17, 2023 at 5:32 am

    Rumor is Tim did not live in St John’s county? Did the good boy lie?

    • Grammar PD

      November 17, 2023 at 6:07 am

      No apostrophe in St Johns, thank you.

  • Pathetic Ron

    November 17, 2023 at 5:39 am

    So he appoints people to GRU board not living in Alachua county, doesn’t believe 91 felony charges against you know who, takes out states attorneys elected for no good charge , thinks George santos shouldn’t be kicked out of congress until he has his day in court but boots her. Rule by a dictator

  • Earl Pitts "STORY TIME WITH EARL" American

    November 17, 2023 at 7:07 am

    Good Morn ‘ting Florida,
    America wanna know political affiliations without being told? Sure you do. This ‘former’ Cape Coral Commishner is a “Dook 4 Brains Leftist”.
    Simple; if the article is about something bad an elected official has done:
    The writer of the article will proudly trumpet the subjects “Republican Credentials” while keeping silent on the subjects Democrat Credentials in such an article.
    ***Now here comes the part where you need to focus.***
    A through review of the above article indicates the writer remained silent on the Cape Coral Comish’s political affiliation.
    What does that mean?
    Thank you class, I’m so proud of each and every one of you !!! 😍
    BTW: based on rave reviews of my, Earl Pitts American’s, “NEW AND EXCITING STORY-TIME” segments I plan to make Story-Time a regular part of my delivery of Truth, Justice, and The American Way.
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    • Tom

      November 17, 2023 at 7:44 am

      You really are a bloviating fool.

      Street Address:318 SE 21ST ST
      City:CAPE CORAL
      Zip Code:33990
      County Name:LEE
      Voter Identification Number:121995377
      Date Of Registration:9/25/2014
      Party:Republican Party of Florida
      Voter Status:Active*

      • Earl Pitts "The Big Voice On The Right" American

        November 17, 2023 at 9:06 am

        Thank you for reaching out Tom,
        I am never too busy to help out. Some of the best anger management techniques involve starting each day with some Hargrave’s Potted Meat in conjunction with about 45 minutes of “sphincter relaxing” exercises.
        You will soon have your anger management issues under control which will add a minimum of 10 more good years to your life.
        Don’t thank me now Tom give it about 2 – 3 weeks and you will look around and say, Hey this “Earl guy” was so right. After I started his relaxation techniques in addition to the Hargrave’s my life has turned around for the better. Darn now I wish I wasn’t such a b.hole to Earl and everyone else on the planet.
        But relax Tom no thanks are needed big guy. I, Earl Pitts American, just want you to be happy and stop beating your male wife.
        Thanks again Tom the best to you and your wife,

    • Rick Whitaker

      November 17, 2023 at 9:23 am


      • Earl Pitts "The Big Voice On The Right" American

        November 17, 2023 at 10:28 am

        Thank you Rick,
        I’m sending over an entire case of Hargrave’s Potted Meat, chock full of peckers and lips, for you and your family to savor and enjoy. Now don’t y’all fight over the Hargrave’s there’s plenty to go-around.
        Later we can drop-ship subsequent cases of Hargrave’s upon sigh-up for PAYROLL DEDUCTION.
        Your welcome Rick,

  • Paul Hardin

    November 17, 2023 at 9:07 am

    Cummings was also at the Capitol attack on Jan. 6 to support then-President Donald Trump. Though she did not enter the Capitol building, she said she was pepper-sprayed and was just there to be a “body for our Constitution.”
    She supports Trumplethinskin that’s why little Hitler suspended her.

    • Earl Pitts "The Big Voice On The Right" American

      November 17, 2023 at 10:31 am

      Thank you Paul,
      Your post is being reviewed for 💩 4 🧠’s Leftist Content.
      You will be notified, and billed a fine, after we find you Guilty As Charged,

      • Eric D.

        November 17, 2023 at 11:58 am

        She was a Council Woman, not a commissioner. Also,
        you meant thorough review not through review.
        You sound like a complete idiot on here, lol

  • My Take

    November 17, 2023 at 3:09 pm

    “Hoax! Witch Hunt! Persecution! Cummings Hater!”
    Come on, lady. You know the routine.

  • 6015

    November 18, 2023 at 5:34 pm

    So I wrote a comment about desantis following Hitlers playbook picking and choosing who he takes out of office. There are 2 appointed to the GRU board In Gainesville that don’t live within the requirements but they were appointed by him. My comments were sent for review which I find curious reading all the posted ones !!!

    • My Take

      November 18, 2023 at 8:50 pm

      I get the “moderation” notice not rarely, and always if I have a link.
      I think the flagging is automatic, by à program.
      The criterion is hard to even guess sometimes.
      The final judgement is probably human.
      Mine have always been judged reasonably.

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