Sunday, April 01, 2018

Barreiro resigns: a mystery how and why he was ever elected in the first place ... by gimleteye

Bruno Barreiro resigned yesterday from the Miami-Dade County Commission. Barreiro had represented Miami Beach since 1998. For anyone who interacted with him on legislative matters, it was a mystery he was elected in the first place. Trying to talk to Barreiro was like addressing a cotton ball.

Name recognition played a part in his success -- maybe constituent services -- , but for the most part Bruno (who long ago, EOM dubbed "Dim") was acquiescent and pliable to trade association, lobbyists, and campaign contributors from the Great Destroyers. Bruno was the kind of politician who believed that paying twenty five dollars for a membership to the Audubon Society qualified one as an "environmentalist".

On soft issues, Bruno talked the talk but on hard issues, especially when it came to supporting development in Miami's metastasizing suburbs, Bruno was a reliable affirmative vote. We called him a charter member of the Unreformable Majority.

Maybe Barreiro will return to the county commission once it becomes clear like it did to Joe Martinez, that being "respected" at County Hall isn't so bad after all. For now, we wonder if anyone told Bruno or his contributors that the congressional seat he is seeking is for Democrats to lose. Or, that Trump's negatives have launched a tsunami across Republican political fortunes.

One thing for sure: Democratic spending in the crowded primary is going to have their candidate scrambling for the general.

Barreiro resigns, plans to run for Congress

March 31, 2018 07:46 PM
Florida’s newly amended resign-to-run law claimed its first casualty Saturday when Miami-Dade Commissioner Bruno Barreiro resigned his seat in order to run for Congress.

In a letter to Miami-Dade’s supervisor of elections and its clerk of courts, Barreiro announced he was giving up the position he has held since 1998 as he prepares for an August primary to claim the seat being vacated by retiring U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. In an unexpected wrinkle, Barreiro said he was giving up his commission seat immediately.

“As you know, [Friday] Governor Scott signed to reinstate the Resign to Run law, therefore, I hereby resign my office as Miami Dade County Commissioner for District 5 effective immediately,” Barreiro wrote.

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Geniusofdespair said...

Cotton ball! Perfect. Couldn’t have thought of a better description.

Geniusofdespair said...

Richardson should run for this seat immediately!

Anonymous said...

So does this mean the Rick Scott has to resign to run for the Senate?

Geniusofdespair said...

Rick Scott is termed out

Anonymous said...

Barrerio's wife is a dimwit and corrupt and her opponent is corrupt. Can't we find someone better?

Anonymous said...

Bruno Barrerio made the Motion to Approve $3 Billion in tax dollars going to the Marlins Stadium and Garages. Yup, the dude diverted $3 Billion. Ex-owner Jeff Loria sat in the front row as Bruno pandered to his instructions. Loria walked away with $1.Billion and the taxpayers got screwed.