The day the corrupt lunatic and (former?) Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi was acquitted of federal charges last August he didn’t go home to spend time with his family after a long ordeal. Or go to church to thank God for the outcome of his case.
Instead, he dashed to Miami Lakes Town Hall with a gaggle of cameras in tow. He ran into the mayor’s office and council chambers, kissing his desk and sitting from chair to chair in what can only be described as a bizarre, low-class show of buffoonery before the news cameras.
He thought he was going to be reinstated mayor that day. But he wasn’t.
After he was indicted, Miami Lakes held a special election to fill the vacancy left by Pizzi’s suspension. The Town Charter clearly stipulates that an election to fill such a vacancy must be held if there is more than six months left in the mayor’s term. Wayne Slaton was therefore duly elected in that special election, and the Town, its council and attorney, as well as the governor consider consider him the mayor for the remainder of the term.
Needless to say, power-hungry corrupt lunatic Michael Pizzi wants his old job back, as well as his legal bills paid for by the Town’s taxpayers, which at this rate may exceed $1 million. So this week he filed a lawsuit in Miami-Dade County Circuit Court to be reinstated as mayor, which would nullify the election in which Wayne Slaton was duly elected.
I know I haven’t written here in a while, and that’s because I actually have a life outside of airing my frustrations and smiting my political enemies.
That being said, I figured I’d go ahead and offer my $0.02 about Charlie Crist’s latest antic (they’re all antics, right?).
Giving the media and interested parties only a 4-hour notice, the Charlie Crist campaign cobbled together a press event in Miami yesterday to make what they characterized as an “important announcement.” It was for Crist to introduce his running mate Annette Taddeo-Goldstein.
I think Governor Scott has done a marvelous job cleaning up the mess the reckless Charlie Crist left behind and has been a great governor overall. However, who he picks as LG may very well be a determining factor in a close election come next year.
So because the LG issue has been the talk of Tallahassee lately, I figured I’d throw in my $0.02:
Some have criticized the length of time it has taken to pick a LG; I’m not one of them. I believe it should be a thoughtful, deliberative process rather than a knee-jerk decision based on what benefits you personally (i.e., Charlie Crist tapping his chief-of-staff and campaign manager George LeMieux to fill a US Senate vacancy so he could warm the seat for him and fundraise while in DC).
That being said, criticisms and negative press will continue flowing until a pick is made. The lack of official information coming out of the governor’s office in regard to the LG issue is a vacuum that is and will continue being filled by the “unnamed insider” types leaking information to a hungry media. Whether the information is true or false is not the point: the point is, the governor’s office has little control over the information coming out. Naming an LG restores control on that issue.
Naming an LG also provides another voice and another set of boots on the ground to get your message out.
It is no surprise that Governor Scott, despite his many achievements, is still upside-down on his approval numbers. As such, the party, his campaign and he himself have to focus on bringing up those numbers by touting his accomplishments and staying positive. He is not yet in a position where he can tear down his opponent enough to win, especially if that opponent is Crist whose sunny (and vomitous) disposition is hard to crack.
Yesterday one of my Twitter followers alerted me to the fact that the League of Women Voters Florida Chapter was visiting Cuba this week. While I had heard that they had indeed visited Cuba in the past, I figured it was a one-time thing they did as some sort of civics outreach project. I was wrong. So I decided to go ahead and dig a little deeper into their activities, and what I found was downright shocking and outrageous. Apparently, the League of Women Voters, which fancies itself a voting rights group, among other things, has organized multiple “delegation trips” to the Communist island since 2011 after Obama legalized so-called “person-to-person” travel. Traveling to Cuba under this system involves arrangements with U.S. and Cuban government-authorized operators and strict schedules of “educational” and “cultural” activities that are organized and led by Cuban government-approved tour guides. This is evident by the very videos, online brochures and other information that the League of Women Voters Florida has put out to promote these trips. A promo video released just three days ago by the League’s official YouTube account includes pictures of beautiful Cuban scenery, happy natives, impressive old buildings (built before Castro, of course), classic cars (American, and before Castro, of course) various tourist spots, smiling children in communist pioneer uniforms, and several images glorifying Communist butcher Che Guevara. Missing were pictures of dilapidated buildings, gulags, empty grocery store shelves, beaten dissidents, ration cards and food lines. I guess the tour guides didn’t take them to where the regular natives live. Oh, but the video does end with a web link to instructions on how to visit Cuba. Here’s the promo video: 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 →