Once again, Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca (R-Vino) wins the dubious “Hypocrite Of The Day” award for his self-serving Facebook post. Seriously, we might have to just call it the “Chip LaMarca Award.” Chip posted the following on his Facebook page:
“If you’re a public servant and you take an oath of office to serve the public, that’s what you should be doing. You have to serve the public, no matter what it costs you.”
Oh, how noble. Guess he’s talking about the “costs” he suffering for giving Dale Holness $16,700 for his shadowy non-profit behind Haitian Cultural Month? Maybe he’s referring to the slings and arrows he suffering for giving $4.2 million to the Florida Panthers for a shiny new scoreboard. Damn it people, I swore an OATH!!!
Perhaps he’s talking about that lobbyist gig he wanted to take last year? As the Sun-Sentinel wrote back in April 2012, “Broward Commissioner Chip LaMarca wants to take a job so closely tied with local governments he’s asking the state Commission on Ethics whether he’d break any laws doing it.” LaMarca wanted to join Replicka LLC, “an enterprise that would take over services traditionally done by governments, offering privatization in Broward and elsewhere.”
LaMarca wanted to be a part-time employee of Replika, which is owned by businessman David Maymon. “As director of business development, LaMarca would help bring in government customers.” Gee, LaMarca and Maymon were all chummy at a recent Broward Young Republicans meeting.
LaMarca told Sun-Sentinel columnist Michael Mayo, “Trust me — I get it.”
The State ethics folks said LaMarca couldn’t do work related with the Broward Sheriff’s Office, and Broward laws prohibit him from lobbying local cities. No big deal to Chip. “‘It’s a big state,’ said LaMarca, the lone Republican on the county commission. ‘There are 66 other counties I can focus on.’ ”
Instead of focusing on the county that elected him, LaMarca has the power to focus on all 67 counties. A true public servant!!!