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Tape Refutes Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina's Claims He Opposed Marlins Stadium

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Julio Robaina changes positions faster than a Reality Kings porn movie.
​Looks like Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina wants to rewrite history when it comes to his support for the Marlins' stadium sweetheart deal. At last week's Latin Builders Association sponsored mayoral debate, Robaina claimed the stadium didn't get built in Hialeah because "it wasn't a good deal for this community and it wasn't a good deal for the taxpayers." His opponent and county Commissioner Carlos Gimenez reminded the audience that Robaina had appeared before the county commission in 2009 in support of the stadium deal. "And I have the tape to prove it," Gimenez added.

Well there is no need to go to Gimenez. All voters have to do is see the archived footage from the March 23, 2009 meeting. Eye on Miami already posted the clip of Robaina sucking up to the Marlins.

Speaking after former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, Robaina gushed about how Hialeah residents backed the ball park because it would create jobs. He said:
I stand before you in approval of this item and to recognize that back in 1999 as a city council member I put on the straw ballot whether or not the residents of my city wanted the Marlins to stay. Overwhelmingly, at that moment, the vote yes. Today, the vote continues to be yes. Just last month we received a report that over 10,000 of my residents are receiving unemployment compensation. I bet you the majority are in the construction industry. They are looking forward to this being approved also. We must recognize the commitment of two entities like I have never seen before in my lifetime in this community: the Florida Marlins and Major League Baseball.
Robaina's hypocrisy wasn't lost on Eye On Miami blogger Genius of Despair, who writes: "Shame on you Julio, the tape doesn't lie." We asked Robaina for a response through his assistant Arnaldo Alonso, who referred us to the mayor's campaign spokeswoman Ana Carbonell. She did not respond to an email requesting comment.

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Lying pol
Lying pol

Robaina acts like another corrupt politician who will lie, cheat and steal to grab his next position.

Busted, you liar
Busted, you liar

Busted.

The tape does not lie. Robaina spoke in favor of diverting over $3.5 BILLION to the Marlins.

Gimenez looks even better.

Floydian4ever
Floydian4ever

While the tape doesn't lie Giminez is no better: Trying to exert his muscle to deny voters the right to deny their raises and eliminate the strong mayor issue from the ballot! Of course Braman likes the strong mayor because it benefits him in the long run but putting THAT much power in ONE persons hands is always a mistake. Cause absolute power corrupts absolutely! Putting Giminez or Robaina in control will be WORSE than Alvarez

donpingu
donpingu

Arnie Alonso??? Mayors Assistant???that guy is a douche. No wonder the mayor is in trouble.

P_Nis
P_Nis

It's a shame that Luke keeps talking about the stripper nonsense rather than real issues. I wish he could be taken seriously.

WETRUSTLUKE
WETRUSTLUKE

OOH GOTCHA!

Maybe you should ask Gimenez when was his last real job? How many taxpayer funded pensions does he live off?

They all suck!

LUKE IS THE ONLY WAY!!

CHARTERREFORMNOW
CHARTERREFORMNOW

What are you talking about?? He wants term limits of 8 years as a seperate question on the ballot, and salaries/prohibition on outside employement by itself, so that the people can strap the Commission with term limits, without having to give them a raise. His track record speaks for itself. Robaina on the other hand, has issues with the IRS, FBI, FDLE, and may be indicted soon for one of his many transgressions. Please, the guy was already found guilty of 10 counts of fraud for taking a check made out to his client, and cashing it into his personal account. Here is Mr. Robaina supporting the Marlins Stadium, back in 2009, and now saying he was against it in 2011. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

The guy is a liar.

code1
code1

It is NOT Luke doing the postings on the stripper party HE attended as a supervisor Lt. while on duty in the Fire Dept. If this had been public at the time, he would have BEEN FIRED !!!! The postings are from someone who was there in person and has pictures of him there !!! He has NO integery, NO quality of character. Robaina will win the Mayor's seat !!!

CHARTERREFORMNOW
CHARTERREFORMNOW

What are you talking about?? The guy has only been a Commissioner for 6 years. Robaina has been a political mafioso for 14 years, and he is 10 years younger than Gimenez. Gimenez has several real jobs. He was the youngest Fire Chief in the history of the City, and lead that department to a re-organization that allowed a reduction of 10% of the workforce, while, get this, at the same time, increasing service levels. Wow, novel idea isn't it, get more for less. Oh, and after that, all he did was pull out the City from State Oversight, and left it with the most money in reserve ever, while, get this, at the same time lowering taxes to the lowest level in 50 years!! And he has ONE PENSION. If you are going to opine, please know what you are talking about.

Travelmedic319
Travelmedic319

Whether Gimenez has a public pension or not is not an issue, he worked the time and earned them, if you want to pick issues, look at his stance on actual government decisions, , I personally don't have a horse in the race, but I can tell you first hand julio is a bald face liar...

code1
code1

You just admitted you are LYING !!!!!!!He only took 2 tests in his entire career, to get on the Fire Dept. a civil service exam and the Fire Lt's exam. It is laughable that you say you have seen the scores and he scored highest, A TOTAL LIE ! ! ! ! Ask him !!!! what his scores were, he won't lie, because if they became public that he said something, dozens of people would REFUTE it, so he will tell the truth as much as it bothers him, that is if he tells them at all !!!!!!! YOU know nobody, that would get you anything, a total lie, and you know you're lying. AGAIN, so you and anyone reading this can COMPREHEND, when he took the test to get the job, the Consent Decree was in force in Miami, that Federally mandated percentages of minorities to "get hired" and "get promoted", after those percentages were met, NO MATTER HOW FAR DOWN THE LIST THEY HAD TO GO TO GET THE MINORITIES, then and ONLY then were white anglos included. The EXACT same thing applied for promotional exams. White anglos got promoted, but after LOWER scoring minorities were. In one firefighter class there were 4 black applicants in the class, 2 got fired for stealing small change and the other 2 made it to the floor. ALL 4 HAD FAILED THE CIVIL SERVICE EXAM !!!!!!! Countless candidates over the years COULD NOT SWIM, women that FAILED the strength testing, but because of being minorities they were allowed to stay on the job. Gimenez did NOT fail his Lt. exam but passed over many higher scoring candidates, because he was cuban, he took the promotion and was HATED during his entire career for it. Worse happened with his chief promotion, NO TEST WAS TAKEN, he was just "given" the job by a cuban City Manager and Commission. If you think he improved the dept. YOU'RE CRAZY. He cut the size, which meant higher run counts for every piece of equipment. HE DID NOTHING TO INCREASE SERVICE LEVELS !!! As city mgr. he did nothing there the tax collected to the city was at it's highest in decades, due to HIGH assessments, so the money was overflowing, AGAIN nothing to do with gimenez. He has contributed nothing in these positions, except being cuban in the right place at the right time. He will NOT be Mayor, I'm sure the person with the stripper party photos will disclose them to everyone and the press before the election. By the way he was called "skippy" his entire career. And the "consent decree" was OVERTURNED by the US Supreme Court, case brought by the Fire Union, not the City. YOU KNOW NOTHING, YOU'RE nothing but a LIAR !! Gimenez is a fraud and has no business even being a commissioner.

code1
code1

He NEVER earned anything !!! He got on the fire dept. because he was a cuban (consent decree) He was promoted to Lt. from the ONLY test list he ever took , by skipping over other better qualified test takers with higher scores, AGAIN because he was cuban (consent decree). He NEVER took another promotional test, but was promoted ahead of better qualified who actually took the promotional test, for District Chief, Asst. Chief and Fire Chief. Talk about "double standard RACISM" ! ! He has NEVER earned anything, it's been given to him because he claimed being cuban. And he does have multiple pensions, undeserved !!!

code1
code1

He NEVER earned anythingh !!! He got on the fire dept. because he was a cuban (consent decree) He was promoted to Lt. from the ONLY test list he ever took , by skipping over other better qualified test takers with higher scores, AGAIN because he was cuban (consent decree). He NEVER took another promotional test, but was promoted ahead of better qualified who actually took the promotional test, for District Chief, Asst. Chief and Fire Chief. Talk about "double standard RACISM" ! ! ! He has NEVER earned anything, it's been given to him because he claimed being cuban.

CHARTERREFORMNOW
CHARTERREFORMNOW

I guess I was right, you were "passed over". I feel sorry for you. Revisionist history, I suppose you think the real estate boom started in 2000-2003, which was his tenure as City Manager. The facts again contradict your premise. The boom in real estate, and thus tax assessments occured during the 2004 BUDGET, through 2007. There goes that lame argument. Service levels went up. Look at the response time. You are clearly a malcontent, who has a personal grudge. My advice, just let it go.

CHARTERREFORMNOW
CHARTERREFORMNOW

And you are wrong on two counts. He took the Captian's test as well, and aced it.

CHARTERREFORMNOW
CHARTERREFORMNOW

Sounds like you were passed over poor little boy... Too bad for you, I know many folks at MFD, and, I have access to the test scores. He had the heighest grade in the class the year he took the test. He was clearly the best qualified. He was Chief for almost a decade, and brought that Department to a new level of efficiency while reducing workforce. He must have fired you for not doing your job.

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