It was a narrow victory last night for the Miami Dade Chairman’s race by Nelson Diaz over Emiliano Antunez, a candidate that identified as a Ron Paul Supporter. The final vote was reportedly 56-54. In August, the Ron Paul faction got a lot of their supporters on the ballots for the August primary REC elections, and won between 48-51 of the 128 seats.
Our sources at the Republican Party of Florida tell us that David Rivera, who lost his Congressional race and was a former Miami-Dade GOP Chair, was interested in making a political comeback, and his pal State Committeewoman Liliana Ros was involved in a scheme to deny seating many of the Ron Paul faction in an effort to smooth the way for Rivera. Apparently, this scheme never materialized.
We at FCN know that State Representatives and State Senators can also vote in REC elections, and judging by the vote totals, and that all but one of the state representatives, and two of the three state senators representing Miami-Dade County were present, it looks like Nelson Diaz owes his victory to these legislators. If they weren’t present it doesn’t look like Diaz would have had the votes. Continue reading
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We reported on the irresponsible spending at the Miami-Dade REC recently(SEE OUR ARTICLE HERE), and with the filing of the Third Quarter 2011 report, we see that not much has changed. We also received a response in our comments section of our earlier article, purportedly by the Miami Dade State Committeewoman (“SCW”), Liliana Ros (pictured left). The comment asked what was wrong with the State Committeewoman offering a “below market” rent to the REC for the space it rents for its headquarters. We would ask the following: “Why, if the rent has been ‘below market’ did it suddenly get reduced in the third quarter?” For a refresher, Robert O. Ros, of 5708 NW 5th Street, Miami, FL 33126, is the President of SOR Invesments (“ROS” spelled backwards), from which the Miami-Dade REC rents space for its headquarters. This is the same address at which Liliana Ros, the Miami-Dade State Committeewoman, is registered to vote. Rent to Ros’s company, SOR Investments, was paid at $2,033 per month from January 2011 through July 2011. On the third quarter report, rent for August and September went down to $1605 per month. So why the change of more than $400 less per month? Read our full story below. Continue reading
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REC Watch – As reported by the Miami Herald in June, the Miami-Dade REC is broke. See here: MIAMI HERALD ARTICLE ON MIAMI-DADE REC GOING BROKE.
So, how did it happen, especially after the Miami Dade REC, which is led by Chairman Erik Fresen, who is also a Florida State Representative, raised about $78,000 at their Lincoln Day in February 2011? It turns out the party’s employees, J.C. Hernandez (paid $36,019.27 from 1/1-6/30/11), Mariela Jewett (paid $12,603.03), and Aida Zayas (paid $3,005.83) this year received together in the first six months more than $51,000 in pay; roughly what the party netted at its February Lincoln Day. Even more interesting is that the party rents its space from SOR Investments ($12,198), for which the President is Robert O. Ros, of 5708 NW 5th Street, Miami, FL 33126 according to records at the Florida Department of State. SOR Investments Annual Report from Florida Department of State. This is the same address at which Liliana Ros, the Miami-Dade State Committeewoman, is registered to vote. We at FCN wonder if contributors to the county party know that most of their money goes towards paying party employees. The wasteful spending at the Miami-Dade REC is an example of how not to run a county party. Here’s our complete story and analysis. Continue reading
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Tagged aida zayas, anthony bustamante, david rivera, erik fresen, esther nuhfer, j.c. hernandez, jc hernandez, juan carlos hernandez, liliana ros, mariela jewett, miami-dade rec, robert o ros, robert ros, RPOF, SOR Investments, talie group