1. They are trying to sell me a used car.
2. They are trying to sell me a bridge.
As much as Rubio tries to straddle the tea party fence playing the push pull game, to the Tea Party, he is their darling.
Which for us is extremely difficult to understand when his financial and political dealings appear to be the antithesis of every thing the Tea Party stand for. But then we have noted and we are sure that any one that took the time to look can find numerous examples of, how shall we say it, how the tea is flavored with ignorance.
In recent weeks the Florida GOP Senate candidate has been stung by new allegations he used the state Republican party's credit card to pay for four thousand dollars worth of home repairs.He says he has the credit card statements that can clear up that matter. But he won't release them.
Marco Rubio, the former Florida House speaker who has proven to be a stiff challenger to Gov. Charlie Crist for the G.O.P.’s Senate nomination, said in statements on Friday that he would reimburse his party for about $3,000 in travel expenses. According to Beth Reinhard of The Miami Herald, Mr. Rubio said he had erred in billing the Republican party for eight trips. “Billing the party was a mistake which needs to be fixed,” Rubio said in the statement. “So, out of an abundance of caution, I am personally reimbursing the party for the cost of all eight flights.”How magnanimous to make the decision to reimburse "after" at least two newspapers revealed the expenditures.
The St. Petersburg Times' editorial page argues Rubio's problems go beyond improper use of a GOP credit card. He also needs to explain his role in arranging funds for the 1st District Court of Appeal's new $48 million "Taj Mahal courthouse" in Tallahassee. "The chances something of this magnitude would be approved without the House speaker's endorsement are slim to none," writes the paper. Rubio's reluctance to address the issue head-on could cost him votes. "The outrage may not be that a crime was committed," the editorial notes. "The outrage may be that it was a legal waste of public money, and that powerful legislators like Marco Rubio quietly conspired to make it happen."Being in the area where the Appellate Judges new PALACE is being constructed we can tell you that there are people in the area that know just how much money is being thrown away there and hidden.
We would suggest reporters and possibly LEO immediately put a 24 hour watch on the building to observe what will be taken out and destroyed if not done so already.
The Tampa Tribune Reports:
The "casual, if not cavalier, use of donors' money undermines Rubio's compelling message of fiscal frugality." Because of the nature of his campaign, Rubio has a smaller margin for error than most candidates. "If Rubio expects voters to trust him to bring fiscal restraint to Washington, he needs to come clean on his own spending."
Charlie Christ Allegations:
Christ is being portrayed, by himself we might add, as an independent. Which is o.k with us. He didn't do much as Governor other than keep his tan and make up ready for photo ops. We suspect that's about all he will so as a Senator. If we will promise to continue his record of doing nothing, then he has my vote.
Gov. Charlie Crist personally signed off on his former Republican Party chairman's confidential fundraising role with the state party, according to Jim Greer's attorney, whose allegation contradicts the governor's statement that he "didn't know anything" about the deal now part of a criminal investigation.Is Florida the Mortgage Fraud Capital of the nation and what did he know or not know?
State investigators say Greer and the party's former executive director, Delmar W. Johnson III, secretly set up a shell company called Victory Strategies to divert party money and enrich themselves. Greer was charged Wednesday with fraud and money laundering.
But Greer's attorney, Damon Chase, said Saturday that the deal giving them a 10 percent cut of party donations was legal. What's more, Chase said Crist's former right-hand man, now U.S. Sen. George LeMieux, first proposed the idea that they earn a fundraising commission to save the party money and replace the $30,000-a-month contract with fundraiser Meredith O'Rourke.
"You guys work hard. You deserve it," Chase said Greer was told by the governor as they played pool in February 2009 at a Palm Beach golf tournament.
Kendrick Meeks Allegations:
What can we say about MR. Meeks? He doesn't stand a snowballs chance in hell in running. We can only assume their is good money in running for office. He will probably lose and then promptly be appointed to some prestigious well paid position as a reward for losing. But Hey, this is America, land of opportunity.
The Miami Herald is giving Kendrick Meek a very, very bad weekend: As U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek championed a proposed biopharmaceutical complex for Liberty City in 2003, his Miami chief of staff received $13,000 from the project's developer to help the aide buy a house, newly released police records show. The developer, Dennis Stackhouse, is now awaiting trial, accused of stealing nearly $1 million from the failed Poinciana Park project that was supposed to revitalize the blighted Liberty City community. Nothing was ever built.
The police records show that Stackhouse engaged in an elaborate campaign to curry favor with Meek as the builder sought the congressman's help in obtaining federal funding for the project. In addition to helping the aide's house purchase, Stackhouse hired Meek's mother, former U.S. Rep. Carrie Meek, paying her $90,000 in consulting fees and paying for a Cadillac Escalade for her to drive.
From Tampa Bay.com: Meek's mother, former U.S. Rep. Carrie Meek, quietly withdrew as a lobbyist for Wackenhut in November, just four months after Miami-Dade County commissioners cleared her of any conflicts in her dual representation of the county and the security company. At the time, the county and Wackenhut were at loggerheads.For more on this race see:Florida, dumber than Chistine O'Donnell-Christ, Meeks and Rubio
Miami-Dade claimed the company bilked taxpayers out of between $3.3 and $5.8 million by doctoring time sheets and leaving county transit stations unguarded. Wackenhut countered with a lawsuit seeking $20 million in damages.
The two sides reached a settlement in February, around the same time Carrie Meek stopped lobbying for the county and her son's Senate campaign was getting under way.
Under the deal, Wackenhut agreed to pay $3 million to the county and $4.5 million to a former Wackenhut employee and her lawyers who filed a whistle-blower suit alleging bogus billing practices. In return, Wackenhut got permission to compete for Miami-Dade government contracts again. The dispute with the county emerged after Meek joined Wackenhut in 1994. He won a Florida House seat that year and remained with the company until he was elected to Congress in 2002. He earned as much as $68,500 per year with the security firm.
Meek's wife, Leslie, picked up the Wackenhut lobbying contract from 2004 to 2006. His mother, Carrie, registered to lobby for Wackenhut in 2007.
Meek's ties to Wackenhut and a Miami developer charged with fraud were cited by Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington, which put him on a list of 12 "crooked candidates" in 2010. The three other major candidates for Florida's open Senate seat also made the list: Greene, Republican Marco Rubio and Gov. Charlie Crist, who is running as an independent.
For even more detail on these candidates.
Where we link to Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington
who have blessed Florida by adding all three of the above candidates to their "Crooked Candidates list".Add to Technorati Favorites