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Chip LaMarca Makes The Best Case Against Chip LaMarca

Published on April 7, 2014 by

Let’s take Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca (R-Holness) at his word. Here’s Chip announcing his County Commission campaign in May 2010.

Listen to LaMarca’s words:

“Does Broward County Government work for you?”

“The resounding message I received was that Broward County government is broken. People are ashamed and tired of the corruption. They’re ashamed and tired of the ‘me first’ mentality of many of the elected officials. Ashamed and tired of those who run for office…who end up helping themselves and their friends. They’re ashamed and tired of officials who prefer to wine and dine with influence peddlers rather than with their hard-working, tax-paying constituents.”

“Commissioners are using their positions to enrich themselves….The good people of Broward County have had enough.”

“Four years ago, [Ken Keechl] ran on a platform of changing the County Commission, but unfortunately folks, I think the County Commission changed him.”

“My opponent should exercise the same fiscal discipline and prioritizing that constituents have to do on a daily basis. See, he should be first and foremost a servant of those who elected him. Not of his own personal ambition, gain or the fortunes of friends. He should have held himself to a higher standard.”

“[My Mom] raised me to understand that service to our community is not about using your position to move onto easy street.”

Ok, now let’s compare his words with his record.

LaMarca voted to give $400,000 dollars to Broward Health to sign people up for Obamacare. David Di Pietro, his political “guru”, is the chairman of Broward Health. Ed Pozzuoli and the Tripp Scott law firm, big supporters of LaMarca, are lobbyists for Broward Health. The night before LaMarca approved the $400,000 payment, Pozzuoli had the nerve to lecture BREC members about “unity” and the evils of Obamacare.

“My opponent should exercise the same fiscal discipline and prioritizing that constituents have to do on a daily basis. See, he should be first and foremost a servant of those who elected him. Not of his own personal ambition, gain or the fortunes of friends.”

What about the Florida Panthers boondoggle? One report detailed shady contributions to the LaMarca campaign tied to a Florida Panthers executive. A twentysomething relocates to Broward from the chilly Northeast and one of her first acts is to give LaMarca a $1000 contribution? Um, ok. Chip claims he won’t support the huge taxpayer bailout for the Florida Panthers. But last year he was really gung-ho about buying the team a $4.2 million scoreboard.  When you hear LaMarca pontificate about “higher standards,” don’t forget about Chip, Barbara Sharief and Marty Kiar partying with Panthers officials and lobbyists at the Billy Joel concert.  They claim they bought their own tickets. But doesn’t it look bad if you’re partying with the people feeding money to your campaigns while seeking an $80 million taxpayer bailout?

“They’re ashamed and tired of the ‘me first’ mentality of many of the elected officials”

Then there’s the fancy parties that would make F. Scott Fitzgerald blush. LaMarca attends a fancy gala at the Museum of Discovery and Science with Elvis impersonators and scantily clad models. Oh, don’t forget the Museum survives with taxpayers dollars approved by the county. One of the Museum’s biggest backers is married to Chip’s personal lawyer Steven Stoll. Di Pietro and Stoll represent LaMarca in his ongoing foreclosure case. did they say it’s cool to spend $300 on a party?

Speaking of the foreclosure case, Michael Moskowitz represents the bank suing LaMarca. Moskowitz is a lobbyist for the Florida Panthers and other local businesses. Jay Spechler, the mediator in the foreclosure case is married to the director of the Young At Art Museum in Davie. Chip never mentioned this when the museum sought a bailout from the County Commission.

“They’re ashamed and tired of officials who prefer to wine and dine with influence peddlers rather than with their hard-working, tax-paying constituents.”

Last but not least is Commissioner Dale Holness (D-King of Broward). Chip went along with Holness’ “pork project” which gave $15,000 to a charity connected to Holness. Last month, Daily Broward revealed LaMarca allegedly helped Holness recruit a Democrat for the District 2 commission race. Even more worrisome, Buddy Nevins at BrowardBeat thinks this was another Holness ploy to become “King of Broward.” Dale Holness wants to be our king? The guy who didn’t pay his taxes on multiple properties? The guy who acts like a “slum lord?” Holness who got busted lying about where he lives?

On Facebook, LaMarca’s political “guru” called Holness and LaMarca “foxhole buddies.”

“He should have held himself to a higher standard.”

 

 
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Hey Harry Reid: Compromise This!

Published on April 4, 2014 by
courtesy teapartytribune.com

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Hey Harry Reid, I’ve got your compromise, right here…
This may not be a popular thing to reveal, but I’m going to do it anyway. I am okay with not always getting my way. As the father of four girls, I would love to spend the miniscule amount of free time I do have with the television on. But I don’t get to always watch the shows I want to watch. I have to compromise. Same goes with what type of restaurant we’re going to visit. If the entire family is part of that equation, I weigh the pros and cons, and arrive at a choice that will be something that everyone will eat (and not waste the money on). How much would I really enjoy a meal that I want, while the rest of the family spends that glorious ten minutes rolling their eyes at me?

Compromise is a necessary skill.  It’s not always pleasant, but give and take on both sides is a necessity.

So when did this stop being the case for Democrats in Congress?

Congress’ approval rating is presently hovering around 9%, only slightly higher than the rating for the “Al Sharpton Sings Jimmy Buffett Tunes” Facebook fan page. There are many theories about this low rating, but the general consensus seems to be the lack of working together.

I’m old enough to remember when our representatives had to propose their bills with a very light pencil, so that they could easily revise what was being proposed in order to get the bill through, with some of what they originally asked for intact. Make no mistake, I’m NOT calling for principles to be compromised, but rather a process where no one gets everything they want. That’s the point of having a system with checks and balances in place. It exists for a reason.

Congress spends most of the time separated into two groups: The constantly shocked and pissed crowd, and those constantly ready to feel offended. I blame both parties for this. Running legislation through in the middle of the night is bullshit, as is shutting the whole thing down because you don’t like the way something is heading. Grow up, kids.

You know another factor for that low approval rating? Continuously trying to tell the American people what they really feel and need. You are representatives of the people. Act like it. This week, Senate majority leader Harry “The Cryptkeeper” Reid decided to explain that the latest Obamacare extension was needed because the American people were “not educated” about the internet.

Seriously?

This coming from a guy that still sends out memos to his staff with the “Grandma just got her new computer machine font”:
hELLO fRIENDS,
tHIS iS sENATOR rEID aGAIN.
If Harry wants to single out a group of not-the-brightest-bulbs-on-the-internet, he might want to direct that critique towards the Obamacare website creators, but I digress…
Harry Reid has been in office since The Beatles released, “Abbey Road”. Think about that. He epitomizes the career politician. Reid has refused to entertain debate or compromise in dozens of instances with his “friends across the aisle”. By the way, with some of these exchanges between representatives of both parties, the American people are pretty hip to the fact that you despise one another. Adding that, “friends across the aisle” line makes most of us more frustrated than Joe Biden trying to tackle a long division problem.
It is imperative we recognize there are representatives trying their very best to represent the people that sent them to Washington, D.C. They do exist. I’ve met many politicians that are just as frustrated with the lack of compromise as we all are. They are out there. They battle daily with the onset of apathy, which is a killer, when representing their constituents. Not only that, but sarcastic rants from average Joes like myself.

So, how do we get these cats compromising again? I’d love to say term limits, but the chance of that happening is only slightly higher that I get bitten by a radioactive spider this week. How about getting involved at the local level and learning about what a politician believes in? Ask questions. You are allowed to do this. They are supposed to represent you.

 
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Another Dem Jumps Into Broward Commission District 2 Race

Published on March 31, 2014 by

imageAnd then there were five. Terry Williams Edden is the latest Democrat to file for the District 2 seat on the Broward County Commission. Williams Edden is no stranger to politics. In 2008, she ran for the Florida Senate.

 She joins Mark Bogen (D-Wellington), Charlotte Rodstrom, Lisa Aronson (D-Salami) and Dale Holness/Chip LaMarca recruit Carmen Jones. No word yet if Chip & Dale played a role in Williams Edden’s decision to run.

Here’s Willams Edden’s bio from her 2008 race. It was originally posted on the Democracy For America website.

“Terry is a foot soldier, long time community activist, public servant, organizer, a civil rights activist, business owner, educator, former Director of Recruitment of Rainbow Push Coalition and the former Legal Redress Chairperson for the North Broward County NAACP.

She is a foot solider and has experience in addressing such issues as: Health Care, Medicaid, Seniors Rights, Unlawful employment practices, Arrest disparity of students in the Public School system. Youth Leadership and Development, Injustices in the judicial system, inequality in the Education System, police practices and policy, fought against Enron & toxic waste in the community and other concerns.”

 

 

 
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