The Five Worst Primary Candidates: Our Haters Guide To Next Tuesday's Election

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With Miami's primary elections rolling in on August 14, Banana Republican decided to do Dade a solid by tallying up the worst scalawags, scoundrels, and scumbags who weaseled onto the ballot. Rock the vote, long live democracy, and all that jazz.

But honestly, we'd rather you stay at home and watch Dr. Phil than vote for any of these folks:

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5. Dr. Rudolph Moise
Anyone else get the sense this wealthy physician is running against Congresswoman Frederica Wilson for a second time only because his ego can't help itself? This is the same guy, after all, who has bankrolled B-movies like Trapped: Haitian Nights to cast himself as the star and funded a memorial statue of Civil War-era Haitian soldiers, then allegedly ordered the artist to put Moise's face on one. That's not to mention some questionable deals with public money, like the $500,000 from the Miami-Dade Empowerment Trust that he sank into a failed Kreyol-language.

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4. Renier Diaz de la Portilla
There's nothing worse than a self-righteous right-winger using his elected position to win partisan points with gullible tea baggers. Enter Renier Diaz de la Portilla, a Miami-Dade Public School Board member who's now running for state rep. Renier wants to change MDPS policy to prohibit political events at schools, all because noted socialist Michelle Obama made a campaign stop at Barbara Goldman Senior High. Diaz de la Portilla reacted as if the second coming of Leo Trotsky had dropped in to indoctrinate kids, sending a mass email whining that "public schools are not an appropriate venue for campaign politics." A slightly hypocritical stance from a guy who spent $23,400 from his school board office fund in 2009 on mailers to Republican voters in Florida Senate District 36 -- a seat his brother Miguel, coincidentally, was campaigning for and later won. An investigation by the Miami-Dade inspector general discovered that Diaz de la Portilla tried to conceal his use of a political consulting firm to produce those mail pieces.


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tiredofcorruption
tiredofcorruption

...thankfully none of this group running for office in my voting district

Ward
Ward

"The right-wing, fundamentalist, Evangelical Christians have been played for FOOLS over & over & over &… by the EVIL, silver spoon, trust fund babies AND THE Republican Corporate Ho Party. May the wrath of GOD come upon  all who vote for Republicans in 2012. Americans for Prosperity". Lloyd the Baptist  on  jinnbad.blogspot.com

speaktruth
speaktruth

This newspaper is one sided

Frederica Wilson’s Voting Record Worst Among Florida Congressional Delegation

Wilson was sworn-in 2011 to be an aggressive and powerful voice to represent the residents of congressional district 17 in Washington, D.C. Wilson sponsored 14 bills that failed to gain adequate co-sponsors from the other 434 voting House members, including the approximately 191 democrats.  Among the first things you'll notice is that of the 14 bills, 12 of the 14 have 15 co-sponsors or one, 5 of the 14 has none.

 

http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/412412_Frederica_Wilson

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/frederica_wilson/412412

 

Jason Riner
Jason Riner

Diana, I think you missed my point… I did not say there were any scoldings. Rather, my comment was a preemptive measure to prevent further political discourse from evolving to that (as it often does on here). Anyway, you do have a point about dropout numbers but I was not addressing that… Nor do I consider teenagers to be all-encompassing of "young men." My point is that you're generalizing a very large group of people, and based on what you said I had an entirely different interpretation. If you are only referring to school dropouts, I think "young men" is a very broad group of people that extends beyond just grade school or high school students (and males as well). Yes, my comments are based on a personal experience. But no, I'm not "casting someone out" merely based on one instance. I did not say I would or would not vote for him… I was only providing an example of my interaction with one of his associates, and there were countless others on their team who exhibited the same poor behavior. I appreciate the advice, but I am capable of judging people on my own. Not once did I say anything bad about Dr. Moise personally. As a young businessman myself, I've learned that it's important for leaders to take responsibility for their team. Business leaders need to be aware of their network and surroundings, and while judging him based on these experiences may not be entirely fair, his lack of oversight and the type of people he surrounds himself with is a poor reflection on him. That's a red flag for me. As a Congressman, you better believe that Dr. Moise is going to be held accountable for the actions of the people he surrounds himself with in office. It is magnified ten-fold when you're a politician. That is part of the territory that comes with the job title, and I am skeptical of his decision making when it comes to appointing others. That's just my opinion though. Regarding an open mind, I did make a point to say, "Now I did not meet Dr. Moise, so I do not know him personally." I thought this disclaimer would suffice in explaining my viewpoint, but perhaps it was overlooked or I should've clarified it further. Personally, I don't consider rude and unprofessional behavior to be a component of the American dream. I'm not sure exactly what you are getting at with that comment anyway, because you're preaching to the choir here. You can insinuate that I may be wrong about my assessment if you'd like, but the fact of the matter is you're not really aware of the full extent of the situation. Please understand that while your intentions appear to be sincere (which I believe they are, so I'll give you the benefit of the doubt), your comments can come across rather condescending. I consider myself to be very open-minded with others though, so I will not jump to conclusions. But I'd really appreciate it if you'd do the same for me...

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

 Everybody complains about politicians. Everybody says they suck. Well, where do people think these politicians come from? They don't fall out of the sky. They don't pass through a membrane from another reality. They come from American parents and American families, American homes, American schools, American churches, American businesses and American universities, and they are elected by American citizens. This is the best we can do folks. This is what we have to offer. It's what our system produces: Garbage in, garbage out. If you have selfish, ignorant citizens, you're going to get selfish, ignorant leaders. Term limits ain't going to do any good; you're just going to end up with a brand new bunch of selfish, ignorant Americans. So, maybe, maybe, maybe, it's not the politicians who suck. Maybe something else sucks around here... like, the public. Yeah, the public sucks. There's a nice campaign slogan for somebody: 'The Public Sucks. F*ck Hope.'"

 

 

george carlin

Diana Shapiro
Diana Shapiro

as far a business point it doesn't look like a fallen soldier but more of someone pushing foward with the american dream, through hard work and dedication and really believing he or she can make a difference in the district they choose to run in.

Diana Shapiro
Diana Shapiro

there were no scoldings involved, however the districts numbers on dropouts are real numbers despite the good young men. Your comments are based on a personal experience. I will tell you what I tell everyone my children alike. Try not to cast someone out based on their worst moments in life (that's if it was even a worst monent for him) always try to gather the better part of a person's character and base your judgement on that and just question the not so great moments with an open mind of probably being wrong yourself.

Jason Riner
Jason Riner

Diana, while I agree that Dr. Moise has done many honorable things for this country and the district, based on my experience I am not comfortable with this man in office. And before someone scolds me politically, this has nothing to do with his political views but rather how he conducts his business which is telling of how he may run his office if he were to become Congressman. (For the record, I am pretty conservative) A couple years ago, my former company was hired to work on a healthcare project for Dr. Moise along with some of his colleagues. Now, I understand that Dr. Moise is a very busy man and works on many different projects… However, his lack of oversight on this particular one was astounding to me. This was the worst project I have ever had the misfortune of being involved with. Not once did he attend a meeting or conference call, yet his name/picture was plastered all over it. You would think he would at least want to meet the team that was working with and helping to represent him. During the project, we were frequently harassed by his team. They were arrogant, rude, and unprofessional. They often bragged about Dr. Moise, as if they idolized him as a deity or something. For instance, the head of his team (an older man who was directly reporting to Dr. Moise) told me that our work "looked like **** and was not worthy of showing to Dr. Moise" after seeing the first mockup. Despite the rude remark, I told him that we were sorry to hear that and reminded him that we still had plenty of time to revise it as it was only the rough draft. He then said to me, "Don't go home slitting your wrists tonight or anything because Dr. Moise won't like your work." He also went on to tell me how a child could've done something better, and then asked me why they hired us in the first place. I could go on here, but you get the picture… (I should clarify - not only did he report directly to Dr. Moise, but he was his business associate on this project. He was not the only one who acted this way, but this was just an example of one.) With that being said, I am reluctant to endorse a candidate who chooses to surround himself with people who exude such poor and condescending behavior… couple that with his lack of oversight and you have a recipe for disaster. Now I did not meet Dr. Moise, so I do not know him personally. He might be a standup guy… but I have serious doubts now about his commitment toward projects and his overall judge of character. I believe that a good congressman must be able to determine who to work with, and who not to work with. It's an important part of their job. Regarding your comment: "It's not about egos it's about dedication, showing up and no excuses. Young men in the district should look up, put the their pants up, buckle up and button up and school themselves with no excuses just as Dr. Moise did." I was and still am a young man having dealt with Dr. Moise's team myself, so I felt the need to share my story and respond to this. Honestly, I really don't believe it's appropriate for you to be lecturing others here on who they should look up to. Based on my personal experience, I did not see any of this "dedication" and "showing up" you speak of. In fact, I saw quite the opposite. Lastly, I'm not sure what you mean by "put their pants up, buckle up and button up and school themselves." I think you're making an unfair generalization about a number of people in this district. Metaphor or not, not all of us wear our pants down to our knees either. If your goal here is to promote this candidate, why the patronizing attitude toward others? This reminds me of the type of attitude his colleagues had. There are plenty of good young men in this district. Please be more mindful of that. Dr. Moise wasn't the first, nor will he be the last.

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman

No mention of Katherine Fernandez Rundle?  Shit's weak.

seymourjane74
seymourjane74

Its a shame the the new times is not able to convey factual information on all the candidates so that people can make their own choice ..

 

 

Will Iam
Will Iam

You are evil in America if you build your wealth! So much for the land of dreams, now is the land of sharing..BS!

Diana Shapiro
Diana Shapiro

Aside from that who cares if Dr. Moise bank rolled his own films that's called an appreciation for the arts and a hobby. He is a hard working man with a solid family and will give you the clothes off his back and the food from his plate. Miami dade's young and old would be so lucky to have a person that made no excuses for himself and shows up to work every time. It's not about egos it's about dedication, showing up and no excuses. Young men in the district should look up, put the their pants up, buckle up and button up and school themselves with no excuses just as Dr. Moise did. He is a positive role model who represents himself as a gentleman. He is surely not parading around in a sparkly Barbie Cowboy Hat.

Diana Shapiro
Diana Shapiro

Those are ridicicous statements. Dr. Moise schooled came here as a young adult, enlisted himself in the air force which he still serves respectfully and schooled and educated himself throughout his career with three separate degrees.

Juan R. Pollo
Juan R. Pollo

"A cursory glance at this Coral Gables rep and chief backer of casino giant Genting's efforts to legalize gambling in Florida tells you all you need to know: buggy eyes, creepy grin, smarmy charm." I can't believe you guys actually printed this.

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

So much for UN-BIASED journalism.

 

Oh right........It is the truth if you attack the right even with Homophobic insults.   

Sadly it is what we come to expect from the author.

Jose Lopez
Jose Lopez

I would rather vote for any and all Republicans just to piss you off and the Left. I love doing my Job. I would endorse anyone who Luke doesn't endorse.

Bebep
Bebep

Says the most biased commentator here.

 

Well played.

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