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Archive for March 1st, 2011

Retired FBI Agent Southerton Decides to Try Politics

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Life after the FBI can take some unexpected turns. Ask retired agent Richard Southerton.

The 25-year veteran of the FBI is tossing his hat into the ring in a run for a seat on the Wayne County Commission in Pennsylvania, according to the Scranton Times Tribune.

“In my wildest dreams, it’s not something I thought I would ever do,” Southerton told the paper.

The Wayne County native joins an expanding field of candidates in the May Democratic primary, the paper reported.

“I’m a newcomer all around. I don’t owe any allegiances to anybody,” Southerton said, according to the paper. “I’m not a career politician. I’m just looking to do the right thing.”

The job pays $50,150.