Let's look at this blast from the past from Natacha Seijas, doesn't sound like she was liking the Marlin's deal all that much just a few weeks before she voted in favor of it. Not for the reasons you would expect: That it was such a BAD DEAL for us the taxpayers. Not a word about that. Note how her concerns are mostly related to the Unions...the one group that supported her to the end, even supplying lawyers to fight her recall.
Do you think Seijas REALLY paid for that seat in the 13th row:
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One-man crusade weakens County Commission
When Miami-Dade County commissioners deliberately delayed the petition process last year to merge the recall initiatives on a single ballot, I warned them that they might one day regret their decision. That day has come. Their attempt to curry favor and appease an upset wealthy citizen has apparently backfired. Norman Braman, during his recent appearance on the Issues program on WPBT, declared the recall election last year only a partial success. He now wants to finish the job.
Apparently he doesn’t like to lose. When the elected officials voted to use tourist-tax dollars to build the stadium over his objections, he was incensed. He sued the county to stop the deal, but he lost. He didn’t accept defeat in court. He appealed to individual elected officials hoping they would reconsider the stadium decision. I know because he tried, and failed, to persuade me. Had I reconsidered my vote and stopped the stadium, perhaps I would have remained in office until the end of my term. My principles didn’t allow me to entertain that hollow alternative.
Though the conclusion of my years of public service was unceremonious, I don’t regret my vote to build the stadium or my vote to support social services. I purchased my Row 13 seat and plan to enjoy the stadium like thousands of other baseball fans. While the stadium will soon be an iconic feature of Miami’s magical skyline, I’m troubled by the damage the stadium debate has caused to our civic life.
The County Commission, the elected governing body of Miami-Dade County, has been seriously weakened by this one-man crusade of retribution. The integrity of our metropolitan government has been seriously eroded by the submissive posture taken by some elected officials. It’s hard to make difficult decisions for the future of the community when you are always looking over your shoulder. Fear shouldn’t be the common denominator in a governing body.
I look forward to the Marlins having a winning season. But most of all, I look forward to the day when our politicians stand tall, examine their consciences and make the tough calls on behalf of the community. Until then, I will see you at the ballpark.
Natacha Seijas, Hialeah