Transcript details ‘ghost’ candidate’s aid in probe of spoiler scheme
Jestine Iannotti testifies during the trial of Seminole County GOP Chair Ben Paris, before judge County Court Judge Wayne Culver at the Seminole County Courthouse, on Aug. 31, 2022. - Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda/Orlando Sentinel/TNS

After Jestine Iannotti filed to run for a Central Florida state Senate seat in 2020, she went to great lengths to avoid addressing her candidacy, asking for “privacy” in a press release and leaving the country during campaign season. But in recent months, Iannotti has broken her silence — taking the witness stand in August to testify that Seminole County GOP Chair Ben Paris asked her to run for office and helping prosecutors convict him of a misdemeanor election law violation. Earlier that month, Iannotti sat for an interview with state investigators, divulging new details of the origins of he...