We Sure Know How to Pick The Best Politicians!

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2009's Best Politician Michelle Spence-Jones
Next week, this year's Best of Miami issue hits the stands. So you know what that means! It's that time of year we pick a kick-ass politician who'll end up getting kicked out of office! Getting named Best Politician is like an endorsement from The Miami Herald editorial board: the kiss of death. Three of our picks in the past decade have been unceremoniously removed from office.

In 2001, we selected Johnny Winton, at the time a newly crowned Miami city commissioner. We wrote: "It goes without saying that in South Florida it's rare to find politicians who don't betray themselves and their constituents within 30 minutes of taking the oath of office. But the newest Miami City Commissioner, a quick study and a hard worker, has remained true to his beliefs: Always be honest and straightforward, keep citizens' interests first, no backroom funny business."

Six years later, Winton was removed from office by the governor after he was arrested for scuffling with county police officers and resisting arrest.

Then in 2006 we crowned Carlos Alvarez Best Politician, comparing the then-strong mayor of Miami-Dade to a Jedi Knight: "Beaten but resolute, the good mayor fled to the outer rim of the county's suburban wasteland to regroup and complete his training. Upon his return, Alvarez successfully destroyed the Imperials' diabolical device: The Public Silencer. In time, this Obi-wan of the Swamp may finally bring balance to the county."

Yea, five years later, Alvarez had turned to the dark-side and a voter rebellion recalled him.

And in 2009, we bestowed the honor on Michelle Spence-Jones: "Yet in spite of the troubles dogging her short political career, Spence-Jones has not only survived Miami's cutthroat politics but also successfully leveraged her position to help the people who matter to her -- the predominantly black residents living in Overtown, Liberty City, Allapattah, and other low-income neighborhoods in her district."

Before the year was over, Spence-Jones was doing the perp walk, criminally charged with grand theft just days after her re-election.

So who will be this year's lucky politician? You'll just have to get your Best of Miami 2011 issue, out June 16, to find out!

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Barrerio?
Barrerio?

Maybe Bruno Barrerio? Choice? Idiot or autistic?

Whatever it takes
Whatever it takes

How about Julio Robaina? He seems able to promise anybody anything. No lie is too big for ole Julio.

His motto is "Whatever it takes to win".

8 election violations
8 election violations

In 2006 Spence-Jones was charged with eight civil election law violations in the 2005 campaign. A complaint was filed by Richard Dunn the current City of Miami District 5 Commissioner. Spence still owes legal fees to lawyers for that defense. Found guilty.

In jail yet?
In jail yet?

In 2007 Spence-Jones was accused of shaking down a black non-profit for $18,000. The non-profit, the Black Business Association, was run by Alben Duffie who was Chairman of MDHA Development Corp which was given $9.5 Million by the County for affordable housing but didn't produce any homes, the Herald reported. Spence stills owes legal fees.

On food stamps
On food stamps

Former "winner" Spence-Jones is waiting for her next corruption trial. She was recently spotted buying Doritios with food stamps.

Kiss of death
Kiss of death

How about Marc "I love money from billboard companies" Sarnoff?

Alvarado1
Alvarado1

yea you are right he deserves an honorary mention as the guy most likely to be removed next!

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