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.”