Monday, July 26, 2010

Cointoss time: Ethics or Democrats?

An example of really bad timing is happening tonight when two events that should appeal to the same crowd will occur simultaneously.

The Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics will present a "campaign skills seminar" to review the laws and standards for political campaigns, focusing on financial reporting, fundraising and ethics (a little late on this are we? But it's a great idea). Called "a must" for "current and future politicians," candidates, treasurers, campaign workers and volunteers, the seminar is from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Miami Shores Community Center, 9617 Park Drive.

Too bad dozens of those very people will be at the Miami Dade Young Democrats meeting -- the last before the Aug. 24 primary so it is going to be a packed Chop House, 300 Biscayne Blvd. Among the candidates expected to make a last-minute stump: Scott Maddox, candidate for Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services, both candidates for attorney general Dave Aronberg and Dan Gelber, Congressional candidates Joe Garcia of District 25 and Marleine Bastien, Yolly Roberson and Sen. Frederica Wilson of District 17, Florida Senate candidates Kevin Burns and Gewn Margolis (District 35), State Rep. candidates Dwight Bullard (118), Daphne Campbell and Alix Desulme (108), John Patrick Julien and Matthew Tisdol (104), Millie Herrera (114), Lisa L'Esperance (117), Sandra Ruiz (112), Cynthia Stafford (109), Miami-Dade Commission candidate (District 2) Florence "FloMo" Moss and school board candidate Darryl Reaves (District 2). That's according to the email and website.

But Johnny Farias, the other Dem running in 112, told Ladra he would go to the meeting as well. And we expect to see other school board candidates there in some races that could go any way.

Another speaker noted in the invitation: Leslie Meek, wife of Congressman and U.S. Senate candidate Kendrick, who has been sitting in for her hubby at local Dem gatherings while the obvious party favorite (despite claims they are not backing anyone before the primary) is in D.C. (He is expected back for a "special reception" Aug. 14).

The YD meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. and, with that many candidate speakers, will go on and on way after the ethics seminar has ended. This is one night when some people should definitely split themselves in two. (They're pols; they are used to it).

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