Both candidates have/had ethical issues but I voted for Veronica Diaz over Renier Diaz de la Portilla to be judge. He has zero experience in the courtroom, or practicing law for that matter – he’s stated time and time again he is a mediator. But why let such a lack of experience stop our career politician? It’s campaign time so it’s time to see what public office we can fill.
Renier is the definition of a career politician - he will run for any seat available and live off his campaign funds, when not living off public money – your money! On the surface, it seems as if Renier has a lot of experience in the public sector. But all it takes is a little digging to realize that he has exploited his positions of power – to his gain and your loss!
Baby DLP was elected to the Miami-Dade County School Board in 1996, losing his reelection in 2000. But no worries, he moved right into the seat in the Florida Legislature that his big brother, Alex, had vacated – let’s keep it in the family, folks. He ran for reelection of that seat in 2002 and lost against a political novice. He ran again for the Miami-Dade County School Board in 2006, and was elected for that seat – except it was because there was no opposition! It was while he served our schools for this second term that things got really interesting.
In 2009, the Miami-Dade County Inspector General investigated the complaint that Renier had used School Board funds to pay for a thinly veiled campaign piece meant to help his brother Miguel, who was competing for a state senate seat. Funds that he should have spent on your children!
The investigation’s close-out memo clearly states that Renier failed to comply with Miami-Dade County Public School rules and that he intentionally used School Board funds to pay for a mailer going outside of his School Board District 5, into the district his brother was running for. Renier’s actions weren’t just “inappropriate”, they were a downright theft of public funds. But hey, who cares about right and wrong when you’re helping big brother’s campaign for the State Senate.
In order to hide his crime and justify the expenses to the purchasing department, the memo continues, the vendor was requested to split the invoice for the production of the mailers into multiple “dummy” invoices one week apart, in amounts under the threshold requiring bids by the Miami-Dade County School Board’s policy. If that’s not crooked – what is!?
Renier refused to be interviewed or provide a statement during the Inspector General’s investigation, which seems quite uncooperative with the law for a wannabe judge. He did, however, admit during a television interview in December of 2009 that the vast majority of the mailers were sent to voters in Senate District 36 – but hey, when you’re Baby DLP, the law doesn’t apply to you!
After running for the State House and losing again in 2012, making that his third lost election, Renier is switching gears and now has his eyes set on a Miami-Dade County Circuit judgeship. Is this the kind of guy, with his kind of “experience”, we want sitting in a bench adjudicating cases? We hope the voters of Miami-Dade County don’t have such short memories and make the mistake of putting him on the bench, a mistake we would all regret. Let’s send a message – three strikes you’re out!