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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-16-11 12:26 AM
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14. 9 of 10 say ‘yes’ to ousting Mayor Carlos Alvarez
Tuesday, 03.15.11
9 of 10 say ‘yes’ to ousting Mayor Carlos Alvarez

Despite spending more than $1 million to fend off ouster, the mayor of Miami-Dade suffered a humiliating defeat. Nine of every 10 voters chose recall.

By Matthew Haggman and Martha Brannigan

Voters swept Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez out of office by a stunning margin Tuesday, capping a dramatic collapse for a politician who was given increased authority by voters four years ago to clean up much-maligned county government but was ushered out in the largest recall of a local politician in U.S. history.

The spectacular fall from power comes after two years of missteps, ranging from granting top staffers big pay hikes to construction of a publicly funded stadium for the Florida Marlins to implementation of a property-tax rate increase that outraged an electorate struggling through an ugly recession.

Alvarez tried to fend off ouster by twice filing suit to block a recall vote. After the lawsuits went nowhere, he defended his record in speeches, radio and television appearances and paid advertisements, arguing that he made the tough calls to preserve vital services for residents.

But voters responded by handing the mayor a humiliating defeat: Nearly nine of every 10 voted to remove Alvarez from office.

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  -Miami-Dade County Mayor Is Removed (republiscum) Night Crawler  Mar-15-11 08:22 PM   #0 
  - Is this guy a Democratic Mayor?  MadMaddie   Mar-15-11 08:37 PM   #1 
  - Republican  wysingm   Mar-15-11 08:46 PM   #5 
     - That makes the story very interesting  MadMaddie   Mar-15-11 08:51 PM   #6 
  - Alvarez, Seijas trounced in Miami-Dade recall election  Scurrilous   Mar-15-11 08:41 PM   #2 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Mar-15-11 08:42 PM   #3 
  - welcome to DU  niyad   Mar-15-11 08:46 PM   #4 
  - Good for them!! We could use a ton of RECALLS -- !!  defendandprotect   Mar-15-11 09:01 PM   #7 
  - Recalled for raising taxes. Yeah, great news!  former9thward   Mar-15-11 09:44 PM   #9 
     - Raised property taxes for 40% of homeowners, despite plummeting property values....  defendandprotect   Mar-15-11 11:58 PM   #11 
        - Another Republican will take his place.  former9thward   Mar-16-11 12:17 AM   #13 
           - Repugs tend to be destroyers ... who knows what a new one will do --  defendandprotect   Mar-16-11 12:55 AM   #15 
  - The words  Caretha   Mar-15-11 09:20 PM   #8 
  - Let us hope this is a good omen for the future.  jwirr   Mar-15-11 10:41 PM   #10 
  - This guy was recalled for raising taxes...  Imajika   Mar-16-11 12:11 AM   #12 
  - 9 of 10 say ‘yes’ to ousting Mayor Carlos Alvarez  Judi Lynn   Mar-16-11 12:26 AM   #14 

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