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Best Political Comeback Miami 2008 - Raul Martinez

For nearly 25 years, Raul Martinez ruled the city of Hialeah with a grin and a book's worth of pithy quotes. He was a charming Democrat in a solidly Republican city, a big thinker in a small town. He ushered in affordable housing and improved Hialeah's infrastructure, all while campaigning successfully for eight straight elections. He even pulled off a courtroom miracle. After prosecutors nailed him for corruption, el gigante had the ruling overturned by an appeals court. When he retired from office in 2006, it was hard to believe he'd be content with eating early-bird dinners and living the rest of his life on a golf course. Sure enough, in early 2008, he announced he was going to take on another Cuban-American icon: U.S. Congressman and Republican Lincoln Diaz-Balart. The contest is expected to be the talker of the year, and Raul seems up to the task. After all, he's got cojones, whether he's talking about why the district needs a Democrat or about his controversial history. "I would debate any fucking Republican about my past," Raul told the Miami Herald. "We'll have a debate mano a mano if they want to take me on. I'm going to take them on."

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Trigger
Trigger

The bring up the corruption issue because for most people, even most politicians, a criminal conviction is remarkable. I know standards are low here, but still.

Camila
Camila

I don't know why they always bring up the Raul corruption issue. Check Lincoln carefully and you will see where the corruption really lies:1. Accepting tens of thousand of dollars in illegal contributions in 2000.2. Wasting tens of millions of taxpayer dollars on Radio and TV Marti -- which nobody listens to or sees. Look carefully at this major "pork" and you'll see that it is part of the automatic reelection machine established. Those millions have to go somewhere...3. As for TV and Radio Marti... Lincoln seems to have a major conflict going there... Connect the dots and they lead you to a certain lovely anchor.

Now compare:1. Raul took a bankrupt city and made it vibrant.2. Streets in Hialeah are clean and no longer with potholes.3. Housing for the elderly became a staple of his administration.4. He built and refurbished the city's parks for all to enjoy.5. When did you ever hear of money missing for Hialeah's city coffers? Never, the money was spent for the good of the people of Hialeah.

Raul deserves our vote. We've wasted too much time already with this Diaz-Balart guy.

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