The Miami Herald is reporting that the county's ethics commission public advocate has found "probable cause" that Police Chief John Timoney failed to disclose the Lexus that he "borrowed" from a dealer earlier this year. (Timoney later bought the car, but only after Channel 4 and the police union outed him).
According to the Herald, "Public advocate Michael Murawski found that Timoney should have disclosed the gift with the county and state."
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The best part is Timoney's reaction: ''Bottom line, I don't think this is a gift,'' he said.
Ok. Let's assess. Someone -- say, Santa Claus, or maybe, the owner of a car dealership -- gives you a shiny Lexus hybrid SUV. And tells you that you don't have to pay for it. Hmm. Sure sounds like a gift. Let's turn to our handy dictionary to look up the word, in case we're unclear:
"something given voluntarily without payment in return, as to show favor toward someone, honor an occasion, or make a gesture of assistance; present."
Sure sounds like a gift, Chief. -- Tamara Lush