Carlos Gimenez lies already

Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness once made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke, who lost in a bid to become Miami-Dade mayor, says new top man Carlos Gimenez bent over for the Florida Marlins and the Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Carlos Gimenez has been mayor for barely two weeks and already he's flip-flopping. On the campaign trail, he was the tough-talking candidate who bragged about consistently fighting the Florida Marlins on their $515 million sweetheart stadium deal. But now that he's on top, he slid through the team's last $42 million during the county commission meeting this past July 7. "There is nothing that makes me gag more than this item," Gimenez told commissioners, adding that the "Marlins have complied with every single thing. There is no way for me to get around it."

That's bullshit. Gimenez — who made his buddy Genaro "Chip" Iglesias deputy mayor at a $225,000 annual salary while asking county employees to take deep cuts — consistently said the team lied to him about its finances. That's enough reason to tell owner Jeffrey Loria and team president David Samson that it's time to renegotiate. Gimenez should have said, "Listen up. Go find your $42 million somewhere else" or "Sue me, sucker." The new mayor should have put up some sort of fight. Instead, the Marlins threw a 99-mph fastball straight at Gimenez's head during his first week on the job and he ducked.

He also bent over for another major sports organization, the Homestead-Miami Speedway. In front of voters, Gimenez proudly proclaimed he would carefully review any application to allow construction beyond the county's development boundary, which straddles the Everglades. Yet at the same county commission meeting, he didn't raise a peep about approving the speedway's request to build on restricted swampland so NASCAR can add more seats for its multimillion-dollar Sprint Cup Series, which ends at Homestead-Miami every year.

Maybe Homestead real estate developer Wayne Rosen (who raised $30,000 for Gimenez's soft-money political action committee) plans to build those stands, which is why the mayor didn't raise a fuss. He should have. By allowing the speedway to cross the urban development boundary, the county is making it easier for other builders with projects beyond the UDB to make their case.

If he keeps this up, Gimenez is gonna be getting a ton of high colonic treatments from special interests.

 
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Bamboozled
Bamboozled

Spare me Luke. You lost all credibility when you backed Robaina. To think I considered voting for you pffff.

lilbirdy305
lilbirdy305

he is the INTERIM MAYOR. the people of Miami-Dade County voted for the lesser of 2 evils. Carlos is just a place holder until the 2012 elections, where the residents of Miami-Dade County will have a REAL opportunity to vote for their Mayor.

My vote and my familes vote go to Joe Martinez, he is my commissioner and he is always on top of the issues, i can only imagine what he will do when hes Mayor!

Joe Martinez is my Mayor!

Gt
Gt

Why pay attention to such an insignificant person. Just don't read his blog and he will be taken off. Rememer, he who maddens you , controls you.

colq101
colq101

Yahoo please drop New Times or at least allow me to filter it out.

Billy Ray Sumbich
Billy Ray Sumbich

You've been lied to countless times by the first black president over a 2 1/2 year span, why no article on this? Is it because the president is not Cuban?

Seems to me that with unemployment breaking well above 30% AND GETTING WORSE for a black man over the age of 21, you'd have a passion for reporting the story. For a president who campaigned in JOB CREATION, this one sure turned out to be a dud.

Ifukedevalongoria
Ifukedevalongoria

Bluegum for sale or rent... Call Puke at Mullet Wrapper Times. 1-800-eat cock

Ifukedevalongoria
Ifukedevalongoria

Your only problem Puke, is that you were not offered a job with the Mayor. At least not one that pays over 12K a year.(Which BTW is about 4 times what you are worth)

Ifukedevalongoria
Ifukedevalongoria

Puke, how much do them soupcoolers of yours weigh?? That bottom one has got to be in the vecinity of a pound to a pound and a half. You are the biggest joke in Miami. Second to only this rag that prints your racist bullshit. Get a life Bluegum!! You are no football coach, you are no journalist, you are no politician. All you are Puke, is a washed up scumbag. Face it, accept it.

kirkslade
kirkslade

Wow! I'm impressed. Here is a guy that talks ghetto because his English skills are useless. He writes compelling stories that the world is interested in (WHO WASN'T INTERESTED IN THE THAT GREAT PIECE LAST WEEK ABOUT RAPPER WIZ KHALIFA). He then gets blown out in his attempt to be mayor. Lastly, he endorses someone he criticized as a sellout. This doesn't include his 22 children by 18 women. Btw, most of kids don't talk to him. I guess he was trying to get elected on his "family values" platform. I'm impressed because this guy still has a job. Only in Miami. Only in Miami.

Miamiarh
Miamiarh

Get over it Luke! You lost! Get a life!

Brucelawrence40
Brucelawrence40

i got a story of corruption within the county, interview me,9548822737. bruce lawrence,sr., WAITING! i believe your readers would like to see documents that illustrate a massive theft of employee 529 monies missing

Hazelflorence
Hazelflorence

We know how the game goes in Miami Uncle Luke whom ever can line my pockets with the stuff the folds and rolls I'll givte them a try as long as it looks partially clean...You know to be honest with you I do not want to step foot in that stadium where the walls are already cracking give me a brake,,,,,it looks like a landing for the people from out outerspace to land on it looks crazy from the outside....Remember whats to large buildings............. One more thing you guys think that you run Miami you are actually ruining what God placed on this earth with these large gigantic building remember God reigns over everything....GOD BLESS

Domingo
Domingo

what would you think that a political cuban american will say the truth noo i haven seen a political person tell the truth and do what they promise the people they was going to do as for the marlin they should have taken and pack there bags and out of florida .miami is not a baseball county they will never tell the county people that they are loosing money cause they will never full all the seats in the new place we spend all that money for nothing but no body will ever say that and later we will see carlos alvares working with the marlin in a nice office for payment for all he did for the team and all the money he gave themm will see all of these in a couple of years .

Kathie
Kathie

hey Uncle Whatever,you are a liar too.

Ralf
Ralf

Thats what you get for hiring another cuban into city government.......just more of the same (SSDD).

Hurricanefan
Hurricanefan

To yahoo dont flag my opinion, it will violate one of my amendments and law of expressing my self is called freedom of speech, i suit you and then donated to the communities you filthy bastards.

Hurricanefan
Hurricanefan

Politics are dirtier than any of those clowns rear ends, the politicians are stable while the communities are struggling for jobs and making ends meet. Second is all over in education , Police Force and business, I wonder why the fucking representatives and units investigate and clean house in South Florida, Overall why the same clowns go for office and have no idea on running an office or make a productive community and then all this representative and mayor talk about working hard and prospering when hes pocketing all this money allong with politicians, maybe the people needs to start walking the streets and make some fillibuster ads around and throw tomatoes to this clown and get our cities and our pennies back and jobs.

Theo Van Goh
Theo Van Goh

Well, he is a Demoncrat. Lying is first-nature, just like slick Willy and Luke "PUKE" Campbell and Barack "HomObamy" Hussein BinLaden Mohammed.

Evaldes2012
Evaldes2012

carlos is miami's mafia everyone know that

1personofinterest
1personofinterest

I still think that he's gonna be way better than that Tea Party Bitch that You Endorsed.

Goober
Goober

And Robaina paid you for this? Sounds like sour grapes Luke.

blahblah29
blahblah29

Why is the same article being renamed on the same day? Is it because of the backlash posts that are calling out Luther, aka Pierre Rutledge's do boy, on his hypocrisy and ignorance about contract law? In the article, he states to dare the Marlins to sue which could heighten the burden of the taxpayers. As for the hire, if charterreformnow's post is correct, 700k is way more then 225k. Seems to me someone is trying to lash out on a man who didn't give into his demands. Like Luke once stated when questioned about his art, his music was hyperbolic humour. Now his life is imitating that art and he is the joke.

michael wind
michael wind

public corruption in miami dade is epidemic,i said it before this news that they will ask for more money and its not over they will get more money from the public,it is time to recall get new management in all departments and every single town in miami dade,call federal government,and report everything.

CHARTERREFORMNOW
CHARTERREFORMNOW

You are a complete and total fool... I hate the stadium as much as anyone... It is a horrible deal... But, the Marlins have complied with every single one of their obligations. If the County did not take that action in approving the bond sale, the Marlins could have sued the County for Millions of more dollars, and they would have received the bond proceeds to boot, costing the taxpayers even more money. As to his new deputy, he is taking the roles of two people, one Dennis Morales (who made over $250K as Alvarez Cheif of Staff) and George Burgerss (who made over $450k)... So one person at $225, instead of two people at $700K, that is a bargain.. So, your wrong on that one too.. Lets see now...Oh yeah, the Speedway deal. All that happened there was that they swapped more valuable WETLANDS (term of art, don't say swamp, shows that you really have no idea what you are talking about), that was inside the UDB, and moving it outside the UDB in exchange for other wetlands that are less valuable do to its proximity to the Speedway that has been there for decades. You really need to think before you speak..

Ifukedevalongoria
Ifukedevalongoria

Fuck you Uncle Bluegum!! Again I ask, How much do them soupcoolers of yours weigh?

Kenneth
Kenneth

ITS WRONG THAT THE NEW MAYOR HIRED HIS LONG TIME FIREMAN BUDDY GENARO (CHIP) IGLESIAS AS THE DEPUTY MAYOR AT $225,000, WHEN HE IS SUPPOSED TO BE SAVINGS MONEY BY REDUCING DEPARTMENT HEADS FROM 50 TO 25. HE ALSO DROPPED THE BALL BY NOT FIGHTING AGAINST THE MARLINS FINAL 43 MILLION INSTALLMENT, BY CONSTANTLY TELLING MIAMI DADE COUNTY TAXPAYERS DURING HIS ELECTION PROMISES THAT HE WOULD FIGHT THEM OFF. WHAT AN INITIAL DISSAPOINTMENT. LETS SHOW UP AT THE KENDALL MEETING ON THE 28TH. AND RAISE SOME HELL!

KEN KARGERKENDALL

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Ifukedevalongoria
Ifukedevalongoria

Hazelflorence, What????? Quit drinking that Thunderbird so early in the day!!!

Domingo
Domingo

i 100 % with you another cuban to steal blind the county i haven seen a cuban that will not still yet .

Luis
Luis

Wrong!!! He is a Republican!!!

CHARTERREFORMNOW
CHARTERREFORMNOW

Ken, he reduced his own salary by 50%. His "friend" as you call him, has been a manager in his own right, unlike the former Mayor's Chief of Staff, who had no managerial experience, and had a $200K salary. So, this guys is going to do the former guy's job for a bit more, and add to that the duties of the former Manager who was making $450K. That is a pretty good deal. As to the Mayor's budget, he is reducing it by 20% from last year.. The Marlins Stadium issue is pretty clear, there was no way to fight them on the bond, and not subject the County to significant liability. Not just a few bucks, but millions of dollars in the part of the default judgement, and delay damages... There will be other opportunities to get the Marlins, without putting your money, and my money in jeapoardy. Really, you are listening to a guy that was bought off by the "HIALEAH OVERLORD". The taxes are down to the 2009 level.. Things are moving, but, he has only had 3 weeks. So far, so good!

 
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