Eye On Miami (search our archive under "Diaz") has looked at Diaz' history on the dais as a strong proponent of moving the Urban Development Boundary during a time when he was under federal investigation for accepting favors from another fallen Miami lobbyist and developer, Sergio Pino. No charges were filed.
It would take a political neophyte to fail to understand how political corruption "works" in Florida. (Search our archive under "ethics grand jury") That is exactly the description that applies to candidate Rick Scott, who relied on Mayor Marono to secure voters support in Florida's most populous county at a time when mainstream Republicans shunned him. Gov. Scott gave Marono his blessing.
Gov. Scott could have followed recommendations of the Grand Jury investigation on ethics and corruption in Florida's political life, delivered to his desk nearly as soon as he took office in 2011. Instead, Scott ignored the report and has done little to nothing, since.
When Scott's health care company and key business executives were successfully prosecuted for the largest civil fraud in US history, Scott claimed his did not know what his underlings were doing. Scott narrowly dodged prosecution himself. Now that he is the state's elected chief executive officer, he can plausibly claim that he knew nothing of the man he appointed to be president of the Florida League of Cities, or, what Marono was doing as an unregistered lobbyist in Tallahassee on the Sweetwater taxpayers' dime.
Marono may well go to jail but Scott just has got to go.