Wayne “No More Mr. Nice Guy” Slaton
As I’ve written before, my hometown of Miami Lakes is a small suburban municipality in the Northwest corner of Miami-Dade County known best for its tree-lined streets, scenic lakes, parks, and overall small-town feel. It’s kind of like a peaceful, lush oasis in an otherwise hectic, overdeveloped metropolis.
Despite it’s façade, however, its politics is anything but quaint. And this year’s mayoral election is beginning to illustrate it.
The latest example comes in the form of a YouTube video uploaded by Mayoral candidate Wayne Slaton that spoofs the Late Show’s Top Ten List. In the surprisingly well-produced video, Slaton gives his “Top Ten Reasons” to elect him Mayor of Miami Lakes. In doing so, he makes tacit allegations of unethical and in some cases illegal behavior presumably by his opponent incumbent mayor Michael Pizzi, including questioning whether he burned down his own law office, uses illegal drugs, and stiffs restaurants in town without paying.
The primary election has come and gone, and as is the case after every election, voters and politicos alike give their opinions regarding what the winners did right and what the losers could have done better.
One race we at Reaganista.com did not really chime in on was the Republican Primary for House District 103. The reason we didn’t, as we’ve said before, is because we consider both Manny Díaz, Jr. and Renier Díaz de la Portilla (DLP) decent conservatives. Either one of them would have made a good representative and fighter for conservative principles. Regardless, Manny Diaz went on to win that race 55% to 39%
A third candidate received roughly 5%.
However, a closer look at the numbers reveals something that should strike fear into the heart of notoriously high-strung mayor of Miami Lakes, Michael Pizzi. Continue reading
My hometown of Miami Lakes is a quiet suburb of Miami in just about every way. Nestled between Hialeah and northwestern unincorporated Miami-Dade County, it’s almost an oasis in the congested metropolitan concrete desert that is South Florida. With its charming Main Street, canopied roads, and overall small-town feel, it’s hardly the place where one would expect to see the type of dirty, corrupt politics seen just over the canal in Hialeah.
But looks can be deceiving. Continue reading