CRESPOGRAM REPORT
BARRED FROM NUMEROUS GOVERNMENTAL COMPUTER NETWORKS FOR TELLING THE TRUTH
NOVEMBER  23, 2015
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THE UNETHICAL COMMISSION STRIKES AGAIN
JUST BECAUSE I HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO DEVOTE TIME RECENTLY TO THE ANTICS OF THE ETHICS COMMISSION DOESN’T MEAN THAT THEY HAVEN’T BEEN UP TO THEIR USUAL BEHAVIOR

Members of the Miami-Dade Ethics Commission engaging in a flagrant violation of Florida’s Sunshine Law in September of 2013.

Last week the Miami-Dade Ethics Commission, took advantage of the antics of Carlos Hernandez, the corrupt and lying Mayor of Hialeah, who tried to pay the $4000 fine the Commission had hit him with for lying to the public about his loan-sharking activities with Ponzi schemer Luis Felipe Perez, by delivering 28 buckets of pennies to the Commission’s office.  The Commission refused to accept the pennies, and filed a lawsuit to force him to pay with a check.


It was all political theater by Hernandez as an effort to show his contempt for the Ethics Commission, and in a very real way his actions illustrated that that contempt was warranted, although not for the reasons that he would have people believe.


The contempt was warranted because what Hernandez was found guilty of doing by the Ethics Commission, as reported by the Miami Herald, was lying to the public about receiving more than $100,000 in payments from Ponzi schemer Perez, which means that Hernandez’s receipt of these payments constituted a crime, not an ethics violation. 


Hernandez’s actions became an ethics issue not because someone filed an ethic’s complaint, but because the Ethics Commission recognizing a political opportunity to bolster their dismal image of being tough on bad behavior, chose to go after Hernandez on their own, after both the US Attorney and the State Attorney chose not to prosecute him.


And that’s the rub.


Whether it’s the continued refusal to prosecute David Rivera, or the way that the State Attorney’s office suddenly closed out the investigation that resulted in giving Miami City Commissioner Willie Gort a free pass in receiving over $18,000 in free bus bench ads during his 2011 reelection campaign, or allowing the statute of limitations to run out on the campaign violations that Tomas and Raquel Regalado engaged in back in 2009, or refusing to prosecute Marc Sarnoff for assaulting his ‘former best pal’ Reid Welsh, or refusing to prosecute Luigi Boria, the Mayor of Doral, for all of his campaign violations, or even for refusing to prosecute the three members of the Ethics Commission in the photo above for their egregious and flagrant violation of Florida’s Sunshine Law, the fact of the matter is that a guy like Carlos Hernandez has a right to feel that the Ethics Commission is unfairly picking on him, because it wasn’t that long ago that the Ethics Commission conducted their slipshod “investigation” that exonerated him from claims that he and members of the Hialeah City Council had engaged in a series of Sunshine Law violation in advance of their annual budget hearing in 2013.


It’s easy therefore to appreciate that even a corrupt public official like Hernandez, who previously considered himself a member in good standing of the Family and Friends Plan, might believe he’s been wronged when all of a sudden he finds himself being thrown under the bus as a way to burnish the image of the Unethical Commission.


For those on the sidelines, it would be a mistake to take sides.  This is a fight where each side deserve to have their brains beat out by the other, if for no other reason that it’s a good reason to go out and buy some popcorn to watch the show.


MEANWHILE, THE ETHICS COMMISSION DEMONSTRATES THAT THE TAX MONEY THAT THEY RECEIVE IS BEING PAID TO MORONS WHO COULDN’T SURVIVE IN THE REAL WORLD WHERE COMPETENCE IS A PREREQUISITE FOR EMPLOYMENT


Over the last year or so, local lobbyist Eston “Dusty” Melton, has become a fierce critic of the Ethic’s Commission and its processes for overseeing the lobbying regulations, a subject that as a long-term lobbyist he has knows far better than most.


Melton has written several detailed letters to the Commission about decisions they have made involving lobbyist complaints, and last week he wrote another letter which illustrates, in his words, the lack of “intellectual content and historical accuracy,” shown by the Commission staff when it comes to the quality of their work product.


Here’s Melton’s letter.

I’ll be back soon with the next chapter of my continuing battle with Lawrence Schwartz, the retired judge and Vice Chairman of the Commission who has forgotten - if he ever knew - that being a public official starts with obeying the law.


It’s Miami, Bitches!