|Jeff Porter for Mayor - Like your shirt Jeff.|
I mostly was interested in Porter's current ties with Steve Shiver. He said he was Vice Mayor when Steve was Mayor, but since Shiver has returned from Ghost Town, they are not in contact (although they see each other around town and in the building Camirrilo rents) and Shiver is not supporting his campaign. Shiver is in business with Jose Camirrilo who is supporting Bell to the tune of $2,000 in his campaign report. Shiver was at Bell's fundraiser and has not been at any Porter event.
Mark Bell is being supported by Rock Miners (Steve Toricse), Wayne Rosen has given multiple thousands of dollars, Vice Mayor of Palmetto Bay John Dubois gave as well and the mortgage company connected to Dubois that gave the mortgage on Bell's Hotel (Redinn -- formed for this one mortgage -- get it: Red Inn) gave $500. Silvio Cardoso gave to Bell (Silvio Cardoso - Investments at Village Park - I wrote in 2010 - also president of Builders Association of South Florida (BASF). He was a city councilman in Hialeah in the 80's. Carlos Gimenez's sidekick (went to Europe with Gimenez) Jorge Luis Lopez, Michael A. Diaz of Coral Gables, Jeffrey Bercow (lawyer for moving the UDB) and charter school maven Ignacio Zuleta all gave to Bell. Why is Shadow Mountain Holdings in Colorado giving to Bell? Maybe because the principal is Rosen Materials of Sunrise, LLC. I suppose that is Wayne Rosen trying to be sneaky. Anyway these are problems and I am not even looking at the PAC helping Mark Bell. The only one I didn't like on Porter's report was Alger Farms.
Anyway, I liked talking to Porter and hope he wins. Yes everyone has skeletons in their closets in Homestead but I think Porter has a lot less baggage than Lynda Bell's husband who has the biggest baggage of all: control freak Lynda Bell as his wife. I would not vote for Mark Bell if I lived in Homestead. Luckily I don't live in this snake pit, but shouldn't we care about it?
REMEMBER: The opposing candidates staff will try to trash Porter in comments. So don't pay much attention. Jose Luis Castillo is handling the Bell Campaign, just like he did Lynda's. Word around Homestead is (rumor) that Lynda is doing some strong arm fundraising for her hubby and not allowing the big donors to give to Porter, or Sierra either for that matter. So expect Porter to run a very lean campaign, and it sure looks like he will be beholden to very few.