Negative and misleading attacks are commonplace in the world of old school politics. Unfortunately, desperate candidates spread lies, false accusations, and personal insults to damage the reputation of their opponents. Even worse, they often hide behind a PAC or anonymous source in order to keep their hands clean. The only good part of being on the receiving end of these attacks is knowing that I must be doing something right to threaten the establishment players.
According to recent polls and the Miami Herald, the two-way race between the Commissioner’s wife, Teresa Sarnoff, and the activist, Grace Solares has been upset by my grassroots effort for ethical reform in city hall and quality of life for residents. As an outsider to politics, I have run a strong campaign that came from behind, now earning the endorsement of the Miami Herald, the SAVE LGBT organization, and several former commissioners, senators, and mayors such as Maurice Ferré.
This has put the two establishment candidates on the offensive. It has been told to me by reporters and others in the community that Commissioner Sarnoff and his lobbyists are spreading false rumors about my family and my businesses. But the biggest surprise is the nasty turn that has come from the Grace Solares camp.
The Herald revealed that her PAC sent an unethical mailer that paints me as a criminal with a distorted image of my face and a red band across my mouth stating “Guilty”. This mailer was followed by two malicious mass e-mails signed under a nonexistent address, pretending to be a concerned neighbor. These e-mails were charged with untruthful declarations, mischaracterizations and and onslaught of insults. Even a 20 page flyer spreading lies about me was dropped in the driveways of neighbors who have my campaign sign in their yard.
I believe that the way a candidate campaigns is the best example of the way they will govern.
Please take a look at this video from the last debate where Grace Solares denies any knowledge of or accountability for the nasty moves of her PAC. https://youtu.be/jwVzL1jDOTY?t=32m15s
I’m very proud of my team for running a clean campaign where we have been strong on what’s wrong with local government, but never personal or misleading. Most of all, I stand by all of my statements without hiding behind a PAC. These dirty tricks are part of the City of Miami’s old establishment politics and politicians we know all too well. This is precisely why we need a new generation of leadership. Miami can do better.
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Candidate for City Commissioner
Miami • District 2
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