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Reports: Former Dodger Raul Mondesi sentenced to eight years in Dominican prison

Reports: Former Dodger Raul Mondesi sentenced to eight years in Dominican prison

In 2009, when Raul Mondesi was running for mayor of his Dominican Republic hometown of San Cristobal, his appeal to voters appeared to center on his fame as a former Dodgers star.

In a visit to San Cristobal during the campaign, Times staff writer Kevin Baxter wrote of Mondesi: “The closest he comes to a campaign pledge is repeating a desire to build a basketball court in every neighborhood.”

The story is worth a read, because Mondesi is neither the first nor the last politician to capitalize on fame and fortune with little grasp of complex issues and how to solve...

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