Friday, July 12, 2013

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez is Florida's most morally bankrupt politician

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Despite the fact that an "animal-welfare plan was given a thumbs up by nearly 65 percent of Miami-Dade voters last November," on Wednesday, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez told the Miami Herald that he "will drop his request to raise a portion of the tax rate to fully fund a $19 million plan to stop killing dogs and cats at the county’s shelter."

So what possible reason could Mayor Gimenez have for disregarding 483,000 "yes" votes for a county-funded "no-kill" animal shelter?

Gimenez told the Herald "that he heard from several people Wednesday that they would not have favored the measure if it had been binding."

That's it, Mayor Gimenez? You're invalidating 483,000 votes because a few people told you they didn't understand the ballot question?

By the way, this is the same Carlos Gimenez who, according to Miami New Times, recently gave newly-promoted Port of Miami director Juan Kuryla, a 69% pay raise.

Apparently, Mayor Gimenez needs some remedial training on the fundamentals of democracy.

If you're one of the 483,000 Miami-Dade voters whose vote was invalidated by Gimenez, here are a few numbers you can call to voice your displeasure. Start dialing

Mayor’s Office: 305-375-5071

Mayor’s Personal secretary: 305-375-1880

Vice Mayor Alina Hudak: 305 375 2531

Mayor’s Email:



    Animals lovers please sign our petition to make Miami-Dade county a NO KILL shelters. Speak for those who can't speak for themselves, innocent, suffering animals. We need as many signatures as possible before the commisioner's meeting on Tuesday where they will decide what the maximum tax hike will be to save Dade's animals. If you haven't signed please do and share the link to the petition. Thanks.

  2. What I voted on was supposed to be a non-binding straw ballot.
    The votes weren't 'invalidated.' No action is usually taken on a non-binding vote. It's no more than a public opinion poll.

    1. Yes, that's true.

      It was nonbinding. But Pets Trust was given explicit marching orders by several commissioners: Go prove to us that the public supports this and we'll carry the ball.

      So they got the straw poll on the ballot, proved it, the commissioners supported it, unanimously, and then, when it came time to fund it, key commissioners peeled away-- so Gimenez withdrew his support-- which he'd clearly stated the previous day. He essentially said: I acknowledge the wishes of the people, and I will ignore them.


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