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Friday, August 20, 2010
FL-17's Scott Galvin isn't running for Class President, he's running for Congress. Different rules and standards apply.
http://hallandalebeachblog.blogspot.com/2010/08/coming-sunday-scott-galvins-fl-17.html a Scott Galvin supporter from North Miami can't quite 'hold-his-horses.'
He couldn't simply wait patiently until Sunday for the photographic proof I will be posting here that was, after all, literally, mailed to me by Galvin's campaign, that among the many other things that have been said and written about FL-17 congressional candidate Scott Galvin of North Miami over the past few months, that he is impatient, lacks gravitas and perhaps a little too thin-skinned to be an elected official beyond the parochial city limits of North Miami, Galvin seems to lack the ability to effectively manage and delegate to subordinates. You know, his own campaign workers and contractors?
That's not a good sign for him now or for his political future.
This swiping of my photos without my permission is but the latest example I've seen that he is not quite ready for prime time.
On Sunday, I'll have YET another example altogether, complete with photos -ones that I've been sitting on for weeks- showing that serious citizens concerned about the innate character and common sense of their representation in Washington, D.C. would be wise to look elsewhere.
Scott Galvin isn't running for Class President, he's running for Congress, and we don't have to pretend to like him if we find him lacking in character or don't believe he will be a genuine common sense independent voice for positive change instead of an ideologue.
Different rules and standards apply, but he and his supporters seem not to have gotten that memo.
But he's hardly alone in that respect.
For this congressional election, this year, in my opinion, Galvin simply isn't the caliber of person I want representing me and my part of this country in D.C.
I want a unique voice who will challenge the conventional wisdom and negative reputation of South Florida congressmen, NOT another member for the echo chamber.
You have to represent citizens who disagree with you, too.
Below is the email exactly as it was sent to me this morning for inclusion in reader comments. While clearly well-intentioned, it only serves to confirm my suspicions that Scott Galvin & Company are NOT ready for prime time right now.
Maybe in the future after he's really really done something, but definitely NOT now.
Maybe others are willing to waste their vote, but I'm not.
We surely don't need more show horses like Alan Grayson in Congress, we need more work horses.
I spent over 15 years in Washington, much of it on Capitol Hill, and know the difference between the two from seeing examples of both nearly everyday.
I suspect most of you have the good sense to appreciate the distinction as well.
With all the problems that our country, state and local community faces, does this really matter? Galvin has been an exemplary public servant. He has run a classy, clean and progressive campaign.
If some graphic designer searched the web for an image, and used it for one of his mailers, is it really reflective on him in any way? I can guarantee you that Galvin does not design his own mail pieces. Nor does any other candidate.
Of all the things to talk about in this election, this is the one that I have seen that matters the least. Galvin is a terrific candidate.
Watch this space on Sunday and judge for yourself whether you want someone representing you in Washington who doesn't pay attention to what he says and does.
Hallandale Beach Blog is where I try to inject or superimpose a degree of accountability, transparency and insight onto Florida and local Broward County government and public policy issues, which I feel is sorely lacking in local media now. On this blog, locally, I concentrate my energy, enthusiasm, anger and laser-like attention on the coastal cities of Hallandale Beach and Hollywood.
If you lived in this part of South Florida, you'd ALREADY be stuck in stultifying traffic, paying higher-than-necessary taxes and continually musing about the chronic lack of accountability among not only elected govt. officials, but also of city, county and state employees as well. Collectively, with a few rare exceptions, they couldn't be farther from the sort of strong results-oriented, eager work-ethic mentality that local residents deserve and expect.
This is particularly true in the town I live in, the City of Hallandale Beach, just north of Aventura and south of Hollywood. There, the "Perfect Storm" of years of apathy, incompetency and cronyism are all too readily apparent.
Sadly for its residents, HB is where even easily-solved, quality-of-life problems are left to fester for YEARS on end, because of myopia, lack of common sense and ineffective supervisory management. It's a city with lots of potential because of its terrific location, yet its citizens have become numb to its outrages and screw-ups after years of the worst kind of mismanagement and lack of foresight. On a daily basis, they wake up and see the same old problems that have never being adequately resolved by the city in a logical and responsible fashion, merely kicked -once again- further down the road.
I used to ask myself, not always rhetorically, "Where are all the enterprising young reporters who want to show that through their own hard work and enterprise, what REAL investigative reporting can produce?" Hearing no response, I decided to start a blog that could do some of these things, taking the p.o.v. of a reasonable but skeptical person seeing the situation for the first time, and wanting questions answered in a honest and logical way that citizens have the right to expect.
Hallandale Beach Blog intends to be a catalyst for positive change.
If there's one constant gripe in South Florida, regardless of your age, race, nationality or political persuasion, it's about the fundamental lack of PUBLIC ACCOUNTABILITY here among Florida's state, regional and local govt./agency officials. Hallandale Beach Blog aims to be a small step towards regaining some of that needed accountability, whether it's thru simple public scrutiny, or requires a degree of follow-up investigation and public exposure of incompetency, cronyism or simple negligence -South Florida's usual governing style.
"And David put his hand in the bag and took out a stone and slung it. And it struck the Philistine on the head and he fell to the ground. Amen."- Preacher Purl encouraging the underdog Hickory High basketball team before the state title game against heavily-favored South Bend Central in 1986's Hoosiershttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091217/
Bill Cooke of @Random_Pixels has the article, Paradise Lost? South Florida
In the continuing opera still called, even by Cubans who have now lived the largest part of their lives in this country, el exilo, the exile, meetings at private homes in Miami Beach are seen to have consequences. The actions of individuals are seen to affect events directly. Revolutions and counter-revolutions are framed in the private sector, and the state security apparatus exists exclusively to be enlisted by one or another private player. That this particular political style, indigenous to the Caribbean and to Central America, has now been naturalized in the United States is one reason why, on the flat coastal swamps of South Florida, where the palmettos once blew over the detritus of a dozen failed booms and the hotels were boarded up six months a year, there has evolved since the early New Year's morning in 1959 when Fulgencio Batista flew for the last time out of Havana a settlement of considerable interest, not exactly an American city as American cities have until recently been understood but a tropical capital: long on rumor, short on memory, overbuilt on the chimera of runaway money and referring not to New York or Boston or Los Angeles or Atlanta but to Caracas and Mexico, to Havana and to Bogota and to Paris and Madrid. Of American cities Miami has since 1959 connected only to Washington, which is the peculiarity of both places, and increasingly the warp...
"The general wildness, the eternal labyrinths of waters and marshes, interlocked and apparently neverending; the whole surrounded by interminable swamps... Here I am then in the Floridas, thought I," John James Audobon wrote to the editor of The Monthly American Journal of Geology and Natural Science during the course of an 1831 foray in the territory then still called the Floridas. The place came first, and to touch down there is to begin to understand why at least six administrations now have found South Florida so fecund a colony. I never passed through security for a flight to Miami without experiencing a certain weightlessness, the heightened wariness of having left the developed world for a more fluid atmosphere, one in which the native distrust of extreme possibilities that tended to ground the temperate United States in an obeisance to democratic institutions seemed rooted, if at all, only shallowly. At the gate for such flights the preferred language was already Spanish. Delays were explained by weather in Panama. The very names of the scheduled destinations suggested a world in which many evangelical inclinations had historically been accommodated, many yearnings toward empire indulged...
In this mood Miami seemed not a city at all but a tale, a romance of the tropics, a kind of waking dream in which any possibility could and would be accommodated...
So this is where our tax dollars go to die?
"So this is where our tax dollars go to die? My friend and fellow civic activist Csaba Kulin, perhaps wondering when we're FINALLY going to get the clean and inviting public beach that Hallandale Beach residents believe we're entitled to but have never received under Mayor Cooper and her Rubber Stamp Crew.
Instead, we get rusty pipes in the middle of the beach and garbage cans on the beach -without lids- at the windiest place in the entire city. And a public building across the street from the beach that the public can't use for free but which city employees can -for their holiday parties." Click photo to see many more photos of the site and the original post, or http://hallandalebeachblog.blogspot.com/2012/06/latest-info-photos-re-related-groups.html; 2012 photo by South Beach Hoosier. © 2013 Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved
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"Why do they need that in the Broward County charter?"
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