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eomer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-16-11 04:32 AM
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4. Republican, yes, but to some extent the reasons for recall were that he was not "Tea Party" enough.
The main reasons used in the recall campaign were that he raised the property tax rate (to compensate for lower property values) and raised salaries for county employees. In other words, for doing what I and many other progressives think we need to do in this recession.

There was also the issue of building a baseball stadium with public money for the Marlins. We had a referendum, it lost (I voted against), they waited a couple of years, and now they are building it anyway. The mayor was in favor, both originally and in ignoring the referendum and going ahead anyway, and the main backer of the recall, Norman Braman, was opposed to building the stadium. This issue, however, seems to have been secondary to the property taxes and public employee salaries.

So this is not necessarily a good sign just because the mayor was a Republican. It is likely more like Charlie Crist getting replaced by Rick Scott. They're both Republicans but Scott is obviously much worse than Crist. Let's see who the new mayor is before cheering.

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