Norman Braman Backlash Begins With County Unions Protest Today UPDATE

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Norman Braman
The counterattack against Norman Braman's plan to unseat four Miami-Dade County Commissioners begins this afternoon. A group called South Florida Jobs with Justice, a coalition of labor, community, and faith-based organizations, is going to hold a protest at the auto magnate's luxury car dealership at 2060 Biscayne Boulevard at 4 p.m. The rally's purpose? To warn Braman to stay out of county politics. "His ultimate goal is to have control of the county commission," says Fred Frost, the coalition's director of governmental affairs. "No individual should exercise this much influence over an election."

Update: Norman Braman has issued a statement, claiming the coalition is trying to distract voters from the real issue: Accountability from the county commission. "Attempting to make me the focus of the issues in this election is an attempt to mislead the public," Braman says. 

After leading a successful recall of former Mayor Carlos Alvarez and County Commissioner Natacha Seijas last year, Braman is supporting a quartet of candidates against Bruno Barreiro, Audrey Edmonson, Barbara Jordan, and Dennis Moss in the August primary. Two weeks ago, Braman told CBS4's Jim DeFede that he plans to raise $500,000 to $600,000 for his slate, but that he won't make them beholden to him.

Frost scoffed at Braman's claims that he won't try to control his candidates: former state Rep. Luis Garcia,  Liberty City activist Allison Austin, former Miami Gardens Mayor Shirley Gibson,and Miami-Dade Farm Bureau President Alice Pena. "We think Mr. Braman should stay out of politics and let the people decide for themselves," Frost says. "He is going to flood the airwaves with negative ads. Television dictates the way people vote."

Braman has maintained he is just trying to even the playing field since the incumbents raise hundreds of thousands of dollars from lobbyists, developers and contractors that do business with the county.

Ironically, Frost's union, the South Florida AFL-CIO, has poured tens of thousands of dollars to support the previous campaigns of the incumbent commissioners, as well as efforts to fight the strong mayor referendum in 2007 on behalf of the county commission. Frost insists the money the union has given to county commission campaigns pales in comparison to what Braman will raise. Frost adds that the car dealer has no business getting involved in elections for African-American seats.

"He lives in Indian Creek Village for half the year and the other half he lives in France," Frost says. "Regular ordinary people are sick of billionaires putting up millions of dollars into super PACs to support a slate of candidates."

Frost tells us that he expects at least 100 people to show up for the protest.

Update: In his statement, Braman says by supporting alternatives and encouraging people to vote, he is helping Miami-Dade residents have "a real choice which they have not had in the past. He also noted that all the candidates in his slate are minorities. 

"The real question is why would any group oppose a choice?" Braman says. 
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Country girl
Country girl

Braman has made a big mistake in backing Pena over Moss. She is a wack job. His other choices are good, especially Gibson. Please Norman, NOT Pena.

HaroldF
HaroldF

so let me get this straight....Mr. Frost wants the Unions to be able give as much as they want to the incumbant candidate that they want....without the vote of their members, but what Mr. Braman is doing is wrong because he lives on Indian Creek Island? Who hired this idiot??

thankyoumiamidade
thankyoumiamidade

It seems the Unions don't like the competition!!!!!  The more government unions make the more money comes out of private citizens!  By the way Frost.  Braman is a taxpayer and citizen.  He can do what he pleases just like you.

El_Bananero
El_Bananero

Mr. Braman has the right to raise and spend money on any candidate he chooses. If Mr. Frost does not like it maybe he should do the same for the candidates he supports.

Rphl
Rphl

A coalition including labor unions accusing another party of trying to control County Gov?  How hypocritical. 

Stormin' Norman!!
Stormin' Norman!!

Fred Frost is a lying union leftist who is only pissed off that Braman has more influence to raise money for his candidates! If the shoe was on the other foot, you wouldn't be reading this article because it wouldn't be in the news! Unions have ruined our country, they were used many years ago to right some wrongs in labor relations, but have since become an albatross on union member's necks and on the business owners themselves. The sad part for members is that unions steal money from them, support political candidates with member's money whether the member wants to or not, etc. Some union members find that after years of building up a pension, they suddenly lose out in the end when the unions cut their pensions and leave them out in the cold. Unions don't give a shit about their members! Kick some ass, Norman Braman...!!

anthonyvop
anthonyvop

"Jobs with Justice"?Just the name alone explains why I am against them,

So according to Frost Brahman is evil for raising money for candidates he supports but it is OK for Unions to spend membership dues on the candidates they like?

Liberals = Hypocrites

Fd244lee
Fd244lee

Here, Here!Don't be intimidated by this mental midget FROST!Keep fighting, Norm!

Belladhanna
Belladhanna

Hey! Don't lump all Liberals in with that mess. That's a blanked mass generalization and those are never right.

I trust Braman as far as I can throw the Empire State Building, but I don't trust these other guys either.

anthonyvop
anthonyvop

 Lets see......"a coalition of labor, community, and faith-based organizations"  Bruno Barreiro, Audrey Edmonson, Barbara Jordan, Dennis Moss, Fred Frost, AFL-CIO even the author, Francisco Alvarado.     Name me one in that list that isn't a Left-Wing, Tax & Spend, Nanny State Liberal.   Just one.

mingohillls
mingohillls

 BTW Separate but equal was overturned by Brown v. Board of Education.  It was the conservative justification for separation of the races while supposedly provided equal public services.  Nobody with any sense of history, especially a liberal, would use that terminology to justify the implementation of law.

mingohillls
mingohillls

"It is impossible to be a Liberal and not be a hypocrite,

Liberals say their are for freedom yet love to impose rules and restrictions."

I'm a "liberal" I believe in regulated freedoms.  So you are just flat wrong there.  I believe in a compromised system that provides as much welfare as possible. The same argument could be used against most "conservatives" if you are in the game of blanket statements.  How do you feel about abortion, same sex marriage, separation of church and state? Regulate privacy much? "They claim they want to fight racism so they impose racial quotas and separate but equal laws."

Affirmative action at the time was far more effective than the prior state of things.  Most would contend that this is not necessary now.  Please show me the separate but equal laws being implemented by "liberals" and I'll show you ten tea party run school boards tearing down busing programs under the banner "separate but equal."

"They claim they want to help the less fortunate and they do by giving them other people's money." Wait so they do help others? And they do it by using collective funds?  Sounds like every missionary church program I've ever seen, liberal or conservative.

"They say they want a "fair" economy and yet they want to tax people at different rates just because they are more successful"Yep just because they are more successful.  Good thing their success is purely in a bubble and has no benefit from being a citizen of the US, having access to American markets, American roads, American consumers, etc.  I doubt you'd find much support for taking down the progressive tax system.  It's political suicide (RIP Herman Cain Campaign).  A flat tax is disproportionately burdensome to lower incomes. That's just a fact.

"So yes, It is a generalization.  In this case it is 100% true"Generalizations are almost never true.

anthonyvop
anthonyvop

 HAHAHAHA.

Everyone around you has bruises on their legs from all time your knee jerks.

anthonyvop
anthonyvop

 Unlike you I back up my statements with facts. 

So explain to me how I am a racist.

Bebep
Bebep

Freaking Tea Party Republican, you're a racist and traitor to your country!!

See how easy that is..

Don't try to argue it, I just said it's true.

anthonyvop
anthonyvop

 I am paying attention.It is you who doesn't get it.

It is impossible to be a Liberal and not be a hypocrite,

Liberals say their are for freedom yet love to impose rules and restrictions.They claim they want to fight racism so they impose racial quotas and separate but equal laws.They claim they want to help the less fortunate and they do by giving them other people's money.They say they want a "fair" economy and yet they want to tax people at different rates just because they are more successful

So yes, It is a generalization.  In this case it is 100% true

mingohillls
mingohillls

 Again, you aren't paying attention.  Just get the talking point generator going and start typing.  Belladhanna wrote. "Hey! Don't lump all Liberals in with that mess. That's a blanked mass generalization and those are never right.

I trust Braman as far as I can throw the Empire State Building, but I don't trust these other guys either."You can read your own response.  It was completely off point and asking for a fight. "Liberals = Hypocrites" That's some insightful stuff.   I'm not saying you're racist, I am saying, reiterating her point, don't make blanket generalizations. Unless you want me to attribute all acts of conservatives jackwads to you, don't do it to "Liberals," as if that somehow has any real distinction beyond the hack pundit notion of the political spectrum.  These umbrella statements of liberal and conservative are a joke.  If you wanted to be at all convincing in your argument, you would take out the "these f*#@ing liberals" part and just criticize the unions for their actions.  Of course, then you wouldn't have actually written anything. Go figure.  BTW. I come from deep in the woods in the heart of God fearing teapartiers, and trust me they got liberal groups pretty beat on the racism. 

anthonyvop
anthonyvop

 The truth hurts!

Everyone of those people or groups I listed are just a part of the Left who have either made things worse or prevented progress in Miami-Dade County at every turn. 

Conservatism has nothing to do with racism and I will point out that in most cases it is the left that has been its most ardent purveyors.

Never once in any of my posts have a even hinted of support of Mr Brahman's cause.  I do support his right to do it.  He is a private individual.  The unions on the other hand are government supported entities and have no place in the election process.

mingohills
mingohills

You miss her point completely.  Or maybe we should just lump all you conservatives together with racist moralists and tea party campaigners.  It's these broad stroke characterizations that have become the real problem in American politics. It's just name calling, judgment and disagreement for the sake of some BS ideological center.  You sir, are as much of the problem as Bramam, the labor unions, or any other group.  You buy their flag and prance around town spouting catch phrases from the conservative word bank.  It's about as genuine as a Mad Libs love letter.  Believe it or not, it's completely logical and understandable to not like Braman on principal and at the same time not agree with the tactics of the unions.  

Stay classy Miami.     

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