Tuesday, February 08, 2011
IF THE PRESS OFFICE CAN'T GET MAYOR'S PHONE RECORDS, WHAT ABOUT THE REST OF US?
But first came the gag order on all city employees.
And now, the Miami Herald is suing Mayor Tomas Regalado to obtain his phone records.
We all know how chummy the Mayor has been with the Herald, including his own personal press secretary Chuck Rabin continually writing glowing reviews of the worst Mayor in Miami's history.
So what does it say about Mayor Regalado when even his friends at the Herald can't get information from him?
How can the regular citizen get access to public information when the Mayor won't answer to the Herald?
This case is quite simple really.
Regalado skirts public records laws by having a "personal" cell phone. He is paid a "cell phone allowance" of $300 a month, a figure we all pay as taxpayers. But he is able to avoid public records requests.
This conduct violates the Sunshine Laws, in letter and spirit, showing us what type of "open" and "transparent" politician Tomas Regalado really is.
"Bru stressed Monday that Regalado was willing to turn over the records, but she advised against it because she thinks it would set a poor precedent."
Like always, Tomas wants it both ways.
If he really wants a "personal" cell phone, he can always turn down the incredibly generous $300 a month/$3,600 a year phone allowance and pay for his own damned cell phone.
Turn the records over Tomas!