Thursday, February 15, 2007
Miami's Prince of Darkness: Randy Hilliard by geniusofdespair
Today, buried in the Herald, it was reported that Corruption trial depends on 'Prince of Darkness' witness.
Randy Hilliard is the most feared political consultant. Most people say: “I hired him for my campaign so he wouldn’t work against me.” He is the brains behind some of the nastiest campaigns and the most vile campaign literature. He is especially well known on Miami Beach.
I have spoken to Randy on the phone a couple of times.
He is polite and witty over the phone. While I was talking to Randy I pictured Jabba the Hutt from Star Wars on the other end. I just figured Randy was controlling things from a fixed station and he was hooked up to phones and other apparatus all around him. I figured he never went out. I pictured him as portly – like Jabba – unable to move well, like a slug. I have never seen him but I knew the real “Prince of Darkness” does not venture into the light of day, right? I figured Randy did his best work between midnight and dawn.
Imagine my surprise, when I read the Herald article today.
Not only was Randy running all over town collecting money and meeting people -- outside his house, he was testifying in the daylight! Boy, did my myth bubble burst on him. He is a real person not the slug-like creature I imagined. Is that more scary? Maybe. It does say a lot about campaigning in South Florida.
How much do you want to bet he loves the title bestowed upon him: “Prince of Darkness” or are the rumors true that he nicknamed himself!