|A Bully in the making?|
I have always practiced the benefit of the doubt with Ms. Becky Sosa. She was the first to address Sea Level Rise on the County Commission. I always cut her slack EVEN on votes I didn't like because there were good votes too. But as she prepares to run for Mayor of Miami Dade County in 2020...I am very worried. Usually the bullying trait comes AFTER the power is obtained not before. Mayor Philip Levine is a bully and Mayor Carlos Gimenez is a bully. Donald Trump is a Bully. By the way Philip, even though you are a Democrat, I would not vote for you for Governor...because you are a bully. I hate bullies!!
We all know that the Ethics Department and the Inspector General's office are there to help us the citizens by keeping our leaders ethical. Conmissioners making threats against either is very dangerous as it looks SOOOO BAD to us the Voters. These two are off limits. Criticize them maybe, but do not be so bold to bring up their funding. That to me is so off limits. According to Douglas Hanks of the Miami Herald:
Miami-Dade Commissioner Rebeca Sosa was furious to see her sister’s name in a county ethics report last month critical of elected officials using VIP services at Miami International Airport, including the occasional security bypass for a relative.A rule that doesn't exist? Wasn't there indeed a "policy violation"? How about the MIA PROTOCOL PROCEDURES MANUAL Rebeca? Taking advantage of a costly service is important to us. Do you need a rule to tell you that? And it is the job of the Ethics Commission to investigate complaints. That is what they do. Fred Grimm of the Miami Herald said on Sunday:
This week, Sosa grilled the county’s ethics director on why Miami-Dade should continue fully funding his watchdog agency in light of an investigation she found to be a waste of money since it found no evidence of any policy violations at the county-owned airport.
“We have to approve the budget of every department,” Sosa told Ethics Commission director Joe Centorino during a Monday meeting with fellow commissioners Audrey Edmonson and Sally Heyman. “How will I feel to approve the budget of a department when you are telling me that department had investigators for more than a year investigating a rule that doesn’t exist?”
To be sure, MIA does indeed provide protocol escorts to guide certain dignitaries through the airport. The county’s “Protocol Procedures Manual” lists the kind of grandees who rate this VIP service: Heads of states (“including reigning kings, emperors, queens, empresses and heads of dukedoms and principalities”) presidents, vice presidents, cabinet officers, ministers of state, their various chiefs of staffs, ambassadors, and immediate family members of reigning royal families rate the airport express lane.
I’m looking. I’m looking. Nope. No mention of “county commissioner."
Apparently, some local grunt, stewing in the security line, was not pleased to see a county commissioner getting the royal treatment. A complaint was filed with the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust. The ethics commission investigated and issued a report last month. “In an age when security issues abound at airports, including those related to possible terrorist activities, a policy of routinely offering such unnecessary courtesies that create diversions from necessary security activities is highly questionable,” the investigator (former Miami Herald columnist Robert Steinback) concluded.
Maybe. Maybe not. But then Steinback got at what drives us commoners crazy, suggesting that “the image of local public officials being specially escorted through security lines for non-emergency trips, including personal family excursions, while other taxpayers wait patiently in line, is likely to be offensive to the traveling and taxpaying public.”Honestly, I think all the County Commissioners that threatened the funding of the Ethics Department over this, owes Joe Centorino an apology for overreacting. Bullying by dangling funding is offensive to me and has no place in Miami Dade County. We adhere to the the Home Rule Charter that favors Citizens 'the governed' over 'the governing body.'
|We know Carlos Gimenez is a Bully now, Is Rebeca Sosa Catching the Affliction?|