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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Maurice Ferré endorses Ken Russell

At a Thursday night fundraiser, former six-term Mayor of Miami, Maurice Ferré endorsed Ken Russell for District 2 Commissioner. The announcement came at a well-attended end-of-summer garden party fundraiser in Coconut Grove. Ken may prove troublesome to the wife of term-limited Commissioner Sarnoff in the upcoming election for District 2 Commissioner on November 3. Ferré was the mayor of my youth, he was in office from 1973 to 1985.

Mayor Ferré was the surprise guest of honor at the event and was greeted with warm applause from the atendees.  He was preceded by former Commissioner Johnny Winton and Liaison to Miami Dade Mayor Gimenez Frank Balzebre, who both endorsed Ken Russell.

Mayor Ferré stated in his endorsement, “I am supporting Ken Russell because he is a fair and level-minded person who can make good decisions for the city.” He spoke of the new challenges facing Miami in the future and stated Russell is a most equipped member of this new generation to tackle them. Ferré then implored the crowd to get the vote out for Ken, warning that “this election will be decided by less than a hundred votes.”

Ferré is the latest in Russell’s growing group of endorsements that include Senators Gwen Margolis and Daryl Jones, Senator and House Speaker Dick Pettigrew and former Commissioner Johnny Winton.

Russell is a local business owner, activist, and charity event organizer.  His entrance into politics followed his successful challenge to the city’s remediation plan of contaminated Merrie Christmas Park.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Former six-term Mayor of Miami, Maurice Ferré also endorsed Senator Marco Rubio for President of the U.S.A.. And how is that going?

August 22, 2015 6:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ken sounds a trillion times better than the Sarnoff pest that doesn't want to leave.

August 22, 2015 8:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sarnoff should leave because of gadflies!? Mr. Ferr'e endorsed Rubio and "how is Rubio doing now? Previously a United States Senator and and candidate for President of the United States after his family came to the U.S.A. and worked hard to begin a new life, "HOW IS HE DOING NOW"? Jobie Steppe

August 22, 2015 11:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ferre served as Miami Mayor from 1973 -85. 12 years is 3 terms of 4 years each. Please remind me what Ken Russell accomplished in the past 10-15 years for our community other than to demand the removal of toxic soil from a park near his very own home!

August 22, 2015 1:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think Maurice Ferre needs any advice from some Sarnoff toady as to who he thinks would make a good city commissioner. As the toady points out, Ferre has enough experience to KNOW who is talented, honest, and able enough to provide leadership to Miami City Government.....and who does NOT!
Russell's community service as a Big Brothers volunteer, an Orange Bowl Committee event leader, youth sports coach and in other ways is considerable and far more significant than Marc or Teresa Sarnoff's were when they launched their respective campaigns.
Marc had done NOTHING of significance for the Grove or the City when he got bitten by the political bug.
He was a totally unknown lawyer on the make looking for an issue to make a name for himself and latched on to an effort to keep Home Dept out of the Grove. He mislead his followers and totally failed and because of him we now have the crappy "Marc Sarnoff Memorial Home Depot" instead of a modern new store designed specifically for Coconut Grove.

August 22, 2015 3:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It you have children or pets, run, bike, exercise, or walk a lot then removing toxic soil from a park near his home or any other neighborhood would be a great accomplishment.
Jobie Steppe

August 22, 2015 3:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ken hasn't done anything for your community? Clearly any commentary is ignorant to the fact that the driving ethos behind his decision to run for office was to re-open a park that was apathetically condemned to be closed. And according to my understanding, this is related to a previous administration's lack of inherent commercial interest to re-open. So graft and corruption issues aside in Miami, Ken appears to have the purest political agendas in mind with respect of his campaign and with the least amount of support in terms of incumbent financial interest.

August 22, 2015 8:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are many parks in our areas that are closed and unusable. Why is it that the rich people get their park reopened but the poor people still have nowhere to go? If he continued on to help with those situation when he was done with his own, he would most certainly have my vote. Hey, maybe we could bus all the people from the west grove park and Douglas Road park over to Merrie Christmas Park so they could have the same rights and privilege that the people in the South Grove have. No one seems the least bit concerned about those places.

Let's see,who was the last person we elected because he was "different" and ran a campaign against the Home Depot? We all loved Sarnoff then. This a page from the Sarnoff playbook, along with nasty comments from his supporters. Let's not make the same mistake twice!!!

August 23, 2015 12:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now we have someone who thinks anyone who's "different" is a clone of Sarnoff.
I'd love to have a peek into that person's brain to insect the faulty wiring.
There's a serious code violation in there somewhere!

August 23, 2015 3:21 PM  
Anonymous Ken Russell said...

I guess all's fair in politics, but I'm seeing a couple interesting "plays" being used here. One is to equate me with Sarnoff because he got into office by rallying the community against Home Depot. That's a pretty big stretch. Big difference: he was not successful and his campaign was all about the cause. I only decided to run after I had convinced the city to alter its plan on MCP and drop their efforts to designate six parks throughout the city as Brownfield Sites. This was not just an effort for the park in front of my house. If the City had been successful with the Brownfield Designation on ALL of the parks, EVERY home within a 1/4 mile of each of those parks would have dropped in value by 15-20%. This has been proven to be the case in other parts of the country where this permanent designation of slum and blight is used on a neighborhood park around homes. I do not take full credit for the city-wide dropping of that designation. I worked together with the UM Center for Ethics and Justice and the Old Smokey Steering Committee to force the city's hand on this issue. So saying that the "rich park" got what it wanted is just a wedge to try and discredit a very successful effort for all the parks.

The other "play" in play here is the effort to target and discredit me on the grapevine and on twitter through an anonymous handle. Again, all's fair so I'm not crying foul. I understand why many post anonymously here. But others use it as the mask of an independent voice when they're really a shill for the other side. On Twitter, they are pretending to be an independent twitter account for justice and notification, but they are cherry picking facts to find any negative slant they can put on every move I make. By doing so only against me and none of the other candidates, it's clear this is a disguised and calculated move by one of my competitors. I know that those same trolls are here on the grapevine because of the word choice in their attacks.

I would hope that we could elevate the discussion a little and build up the challenger that we support -- not tear down the others.

August 23, 2015 3:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've never seen a comment by Mark Sarnoff regarding comments in the Grape, Why is that?
Jobie Steppe

August 23, 2015 4:53 PM  
Anonymous al crespo said...

Dear Jobbie Streppe,

I beg to differ with you, and I'm sure that Tom will too. In fact he's far better qualified to respond to your claim because while Sarnoff may or may not have responded personally he had Jay Solowlsky respond to a post on this site with a threat of a lawsuit. That letter is one of the reasons that I constantly attack Sarnoff, just as a reminder that the First Amendment allow me - and all of you, to call his lying weasel-dick ass out. I would ask Tom to pull up that exchange and let folks see just how Sarnoff dealt with this perceived threat to his integrity.

Al Crespo

August 23, 2015 5:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Al, you can't beg to differ with me as I didn't claim Mark Sarnoff has never commented in the Grape, I said I had never seen a comment with his name on one. Additionally I would hazard a guess that he considers any and all comments that invoke his name are from folks who have nothing better to do after supper, which is why I go to bed early and wake early in the AM. Doesn't Mark have the same rights you claim to have? I have heard from a reliable source that Mark told a lie that cost him dearly, but of course that is never-the-less hearsay. Jobie Steppe

August 23, 2015 11:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Johnny Winton got arrested 9 years ago. Governor Bush removed him from office. Pleading guilty Winton disappeared from public life. No charities. No causes. Who wants his endorsement?

August 24, 2015 1:31 PM  

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