It is no secret that several figures in Florida politics have been targets as part of my campaign to expose the opportunist perpetual candidate Charlie Crist over the years.
Long before his first party switch in 2010, I maintained that Crist could not have engaged in the betrayal, corruption and dereliction of his duties as governor if not for an inner circle of enablers.
Many of those in that inner circle profited handsomely off their association with Crist. For example: Jim Greer was tapped by Crist to head the Republican Party of Florida and up until he was busted for various crimes, lived the most extravagant of lifestyles in that role as chairman; and disgraced ponzi schemer and Crist fundraiser (read: bagman) Scott Rothstein was appointed to the powerful Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) and enjoyed unfettered access to Crist, so much so that he referred to himself as “the President of (expletive) Florida.”
There are others, but no one personally benefited more from Crist than the man he dubbed the “Maestro” for his role as campaign manager. Of course, that is George LeMieux. Continue reading →
It is no secret that for at least the past eight years, I have been exposing Charlie Crist as utterly unprincipled, opportunistic, and corrupt.
My belief that he was a menace even compelled me to privately vote against him in the 2006 General Election, which marked the first time I had ever voted for a Democrat in a major election, or perhaps ever.
For the first few years of his administration, I and a small group of principled activists in the Republican Party openly criticized Charlie Crist and his minions like Jim Greer and other bootlickers for running amok and personally profiting off their mutual mischief and were exiled from our party for doing so.
Our issue was not necessarily Crist’s public policy pursuits–although the disagreements were numerous–or his incessant pandering, or even his countless flip-flops. Our main objection to Crist was what he was doing with the instrumentalities under his direct control. That is, the irresponsibility with which he conducted himself as head of Florida state government and titular head of the Republican Party. Continue reading →
My friend Will Patrick over at Florida Watchdog has uncovered an interesting little story that might raise a few eyebrows in Tallahassee. Stephen Ross, owner of the perpetually-disappointing NFL team Miami Dolphins recently gave a $200 million gift to his alma mater the University of Michigan for capital improvements to the–you guessed it–Stephen M. Ross Business School and Stephen M. Ross Athletic Campus.
I for one do not begrudge him or anyone else for giving personal, hard-earned money away to causes they care about, especially if it was not compelled by a bunch of hack politicians who are generous with other people’s money through their tax-and-spend policies.
What’s is irritating about this situation is that only months ago he hired a team of lobbyists to come to Tallahassee to urge the Legislature to appropriate hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to renovate the Miami Dolphins’ Joe Robbie Stadium (or whatever it’s called this week).
So let’s get this straight. He comes to Tallahassee demanding that taxpayers fund multimillion renovations to his privately-owned stadium, but then he goes off and gives $200 million of his own personal money to a public, taxpayer-subsidized university?
This week, the political cinder box that Egypt has been since the 2011 departure of its longtime autocrat president Hosni Mubarak reached a fever pitch. Having stepped down as a result of the so-called “Arab Spring” demonstrations that spread to Egypt in early 2011, Mubarak was eventually replaced by Mohamed Morsi after the country held its first-ever democratic presidential election in 2012.
Morsi’s ascendance troubled many western observers as he belonged to the Muslim Brotherhood, an oftentimes violent movement with links to terrorist activities that seeks to install Islamic Sharia law as the basis for political and societal affairs. Despite his democratic election and moderate image, he quickly moved to adopt a new constitution, which included enshrining Islamic law. He also vowed to release Omar Abdel-Rahman, the terrorist behind the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing.
In November 2012, Morsi issued a declaration that would have essentially immunized his actions from any legal challenge and would have granted him near unchecked power. This declaration was condemned by organizations such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, and it sparked more mass protests and resignations from government officials. Despite limiting and eventually annulling his decree under pressure, mass protests continued and the Egyptian military eventually deposed him in July of this year. Continue reading →
Also busted in the bribery investigation by the feds was City of Sweetwater Mayor Manny Maroño, which came as a surprise to us here on Reaganista.com.
Both men are expected to have their first appearances in federal court later this afternoon.
Because they are being charged with felonies, their removal from office should be automatic. Nevertheless, the announcement that Governor Rick Scott has removed them should be forthcoming.
It is worth noting that Manny Maroño’s departure from the South Florida political scene is a big hit to Governor Scott. Maroño was one of Scott’s earliest and most ardent supporters during his 2010 primary race for governor, which means Scott has now lost probably his greatest ally in Miami-Dade County.
The story is undoubtedly developing, and I will report back with more details as they surface.