In his book “Sins of South Beach” the former, 3 time, Miami Beach Mayor Alex Daoud talks about the day Lucia Dougherty told him she was leaving her Miami Beach position. Lucia Dougherty was the Miami Beach City Attorney before she was the Miami City Attorney which was before she became a land-use attorney for Greenberg Traurig (where she currently works). Daoud lamented the loss of Lucia as Miami Beach Attorney in the late 80’s. He said:
“I wanted her to stay for selfish reasons, to protect me from politically dangerous votes with her legal opinions. Supported by the right legal opinion, a politician could vote any way he or she wanted with total immunity. A city attorney’s opinion could even save a politician from going to jail, and manipulated correctly, help make him a lot of money as well.”
Sins of South Beach - what a great book written by Alex Daoud. In today's Miami Herald they report he is in a legal tug of war with his daughter over ownership of the house he lives in. He is penniless except for Social Security he says.
Get involved buy his book. For example he writes about his cousin Chris Korge (calling him a bag man) and just about everything else going on at the time when he was mayor of Miami Beach. You will read about dozens of sunshine violations (we all know go on). It will give you a window into the life of a politician who went really bad but the people who voted for him over and over really liked him, they kept reelecting him (Like the residents of Pepe Diaz's district keep reelecting him). Go figure.
You will learn a lot about government in South Florida, what staff does to help the politicians, law firms, etc. -- the worst of it -- if you read it. He needs the money and you will become a more informed voter, I hope. I wrote about this book in 2009 when I read it.
|Alex and Daughter Kelly in better days.|