So Who is Ross considering to deploy to coordinate the next assault on the legislature: Alex Penelas. Billionaires like Ross don't like blunders, but Penelas? Really?
As Miami-Dade mayor, Penelas was a disaster. In short order, a telegenic and ambitious politician -- once considered heir to Bob Graham's legacy as a Democratic state and national leader -- dumped his career in a vat of political toxins. Penelas side-tracked the county government in pursuit of the failed Homestead Air Force Base redevelopment plan, for greedy insiders. A Democrat, he delivered the presidency to George W. Bush in 2000 by failing to allow the ballot recount to proceed. He was off in Spain with Herman Echevarria, making money. And of course, he also created the Miami Heat Arena for billionaire owner Micky Arison by circumventing popular objection to its location on Biscyane Boulevard. (Any time you are stuck in traffic on Biscayne Boulevard downtown, honk your horn for Penelas.)
Now, these points may all sound like job qualifications to billionaire Stephen Ross. Penelas organized both sides of the aisle to support a fraudulent economic development scheme. Check. Penelas is owed, big-time by Republicans. Check. Penelas proved his worth to another billionaire sports team owner. Check.
The problem: Penelas will become the story. A billionaire can carry alot of political weight. Just look how Sheldon Adelson carried Newt Gingrich through the most miserable GOP presidential primary in US history. But then you really have to listen: what good did Newt Gingrich do? The former politician (Speaker of the House) laid a trail of wreckage a thousand times wider than Sherman's March, and that was before the 2012 primary.
Why would Ross go down that road with Penelas?