Friday, September 17, 2010
DAY 306 - PUPPET MASTER
It's the Power Behind the Throne, Lobbyist and Puppet Master Armando Gutierrez.
1. Red light cameras?
"The camera initiative has been controversial from the start. Two years in the making, the contract was originally won by one company, then awarded to another after a bid protest. Along the way, the procurement director, who expressed displeasure with the process and the bevy of lobbyists hired, was let go.
"Frustrated, commissioners decided to start over, and last week Migoya finally awarded the contract and its $152,000-a-month windfall to American Traffic Solutions.
"The Arizona outfit hired lobbyists Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, who is running for state senate, and long-time Regalado friend and campaign consultant Armando Gutierrez.
2. City Planning Big Bash for Downtown Heat Opener?
While the Mayor and Commission vote on a budget that raises taxes and fees, "the city is pumping mad money into the effort."
But the Miami Heat are clients of who?
You guessed it!
3. Inexperienced Raquelita Regalado wins the school board seat, raises a ton of developer cash.
Pedro Munilla (who donated a total of $25,000 to county commission races) and several members of the MCM construction family have donated the maximum $500 each, Munilla is a client of lobbyist and Tomasito adviser Armando Gutierrez who is also a Raquelita donor and whose wife (The MDX Chairwoman) is volunteering.
Need construction contracts at the City, MDX, and Schoolboard?
4. Will Republican Tomas Regalado endorse Democrat Alex Sink for Governor?
A man who is a dyed in the wool Republican and has made a living calling anyone who is even remotely a Democrat communist now wants to support the "Obama Loving" Alex Sink.
Ask the Rick Scott Campaign who they DID NOT hire for the primaries or the general election.
Ever wonder why Mayor Tomas Regalado who once heavily supported the effort of the Florida Marlins to build an in-city stadium all of a sudden turned Anti Stadium crusader?
Mr. Gutierrez states on his website that he helped the "Florida Marlins as political advisor [sic] in 2001."
2001 was a long time ago.
And coincidentally enough, as soon as the Marlins dropped Mr. Gutierrez and hired "other" advisers, Tomas Regalado's position toward the Marlins changed dramatically.
It's Miami Bitches!
And that's how business gets done!