I'm running this Postcard from a friend because I find it interesting that this little booklet that has been making the rounds is bothering people. I have heard from four people already via text, phone call and email. People are disturbed by it. One guy wanted to know who paid for it. Another felt it was silly and others feel that it is hurting Teresa rather than helping her. Here's one person's view.
A few days ago my mailbox had a very well prepared four page, four color political brochure. Its purpose is to help familiarize myself with Teresa Sarnoff, her family history and her desire to be the next City of Miami Commissioner for District 2. It has a most touching family narrative and arch. She expresses her love of family, joy of sailing and recent honor for her support of the Miami Homeless Shelter program. The fact that no date was included to indicate when she first volunteered to help MHS, may be a bit of red flag.
Everyone has a story to tell about their life journey , challenges, accomplishments and dreams. Those that feel compelled to share that story should consider taking a Memoir Writing Class. Those that feel the calling to elected public office should first put in years of community service, demonstrate knowledge of issues, competence and the deserving of our trust. Teresa’s story would no doubt make an interesting Memoir.
One must wonder if Teresa would have considered this political campaign if her husband was not the sitting Commissioner? Would all those many developers and attorneys still be generously supporting her campaign if her husband was not the sitting Commissioner? Are they financially supporting her campaign because they wish to remain in his good graces while he is in office?
Does the candidate who raises the most amount of funds always become victorious? Not always. In fact, you may recall the efforts of former Mayor Manny Diaz to champion his personal choice for District 2 Commissioner that ran against Teresa’s husband. He too was able to motivate many of his developer and attorney pals to create a gigantic War Chest for media ads. But even that War Chest was not able to overcome the efforts of the motivated voters that wanted no part of his choice.
It is a fact of life, that our elected system presently permits large sums of money to be raised to help candidates reach out to voters. And too often non-qualified candidates are elected by voters that are sold a flashy marketing campaign. But more often than not, there are voters that have considerable knowledge of the issues and accomplishments of the candidates. Those voters will rally around the right choice, no matter how much money is spent to promote the candidate that is undeserving of our respect, trust and vote.
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