HOMEWEBSITE.html
SERIESCRESPOGRAM_SERIES_-_MASTER.html
LINKS2012_LINKS.html
2012 ARCHIVES2012_ARCHIVES.html
DOCUMENTSDOCUMENTS.html
CONTACT ME2012_CONTACT_INFO.html
2011 ARCHIVES2012_ARCHIVES.html
CRESPOGRAM REPORT

MARCH 26, 2012

MIAMI’S JOE CAROLLO
IS NO LONGER MAYOR
BUT HE’S STILL A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH

Joe Carollo is a guy who elicits strong emotions. When he ran for mayor, the campaign turned into a knock-down, drag out fight with his opponent Xavier Suarez.  Even though Suarez won the vote, he lost the lawsuit that Carollo filed over voter fraud which resulted in a judge ruling that the election was rigged because of votes cast by dead people, like now infamous Manuel Yip, who took time out from playing his harp to vote from the grave.


As Mayor, Carollo did some memorable things, including firing his first City Manager Jose Garcia-Pedrosa 3 times, and then firing  his next City Manager Donald Warshaw, who eventually ended up in prison for diverting $70,000 from a charity he controlled for his personal use.


Along the way Carollo contributed to the lore of Miami City Hall being a place where crazy shit would and could happen on any given day, and while he can at times give a new meaning to the term intense, the things that nobody ever accused him of being was a crook or corrupt. You might want to argue with him to this day about some of the stuff that he said or did, but no one can accuse him of trying to screw the city and the taxpayers every which way but loose as is happening at City Hall today.


Over the years since he left office, he would on occasion weigh in on the scandal of the day on the local Latin TV talk shows.


So it was in January of 2010 when he appeared on several TV shows to express his opinions on the fight between the the Mayor and the Chief of Police over the maquinitas. Along the way, Carollo talked about what were then unknown discrepancies with Regalado’s campaign reports on the popular talk show A Mano Limpia.


Carollo’s revelations on A Mano Limpia led to his receiving a phone call from Joe Centorino, then the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Head of Public Corruption.  As revealed in a recent El Nuevo Herald story, Centorino called Carollo and asked him if he had evidence to support his allegations, and would he come in and for an interview.


Carollo showed up with a folder of documents from Regalado’s campaign for Mayor, and from that meeting, the case was opened that eventually led to Tomas Regalado and his daughter Raquel agreeing to pay $10,000 in fines and restitution for the costs of the investigation last week.


Now that the case has been closed, hundreds of pages of documents from the Miami-Dade State’s Attorney and FDLE files, including the depositions of both Regalado and his daughter, as well as all the FDLE Investigative Reports have become available.  The CrespoGram Report has collected them all and posted them  HERE.


The documents are a treasure trove of information about the internal dynamics of Regalado family, including the Mayor’s late wife’s order to “Trust Only Your Family,” that seems to have colored so much of Regalado’s political behavior over the years and in hind sight played a major role in the fateful decision of her unqualified daughter to assume the responsibility of being the treasurer of her father’s campaign for mayor.


While some the revelations in these documents will be the basis for future stories, the most immediately revealing document in the FDLE collection was the Memorandum prepared from information provided by Carollo, supporting a claim that Katherine Fernandez-Rundle should recuse herself from this case.


From the emails that I posted between Fernandez-Rundle and Michelle Spence-Jones’ attorneys, to the almost $28,000 that she’s collected in gifts over the last 3 years, to the failure of her office to prosecute a number of politically sensitive cases to to the political horse trading and favors that have been part and parcel of her tenure as State Attorney, Fernandez-Rundle has managed to provide ample reasons for recusing herself from any decisions having to do with any number of local politicians, especially Tomas Regalado.


Below is the memo. While Fernandez-Rundle didn’t recuse herself, I would have loved to be sitting in her office when she read it and started foaming at the mouth.


While Fernandez-Rundle continues to believe that she is untouchable because the local power structure is so fragmented and so many powerful and corrupt politicians owe her favors, there still remains the possibility that the information in this memo can be used to help unseat her if a viable candidate steps forward.


More and more people are beginning to understand and even speak openly that as long as Katherine Fernandez-Rundle remains Miami-Dade State’s Attorney, this community will continue to be one of the most politically corrupt places in America.

PAGE LINK - COPY AND PASTE

Copy the link below, and it will be a permanent link to this page that you can post on Facebook, or anywhere else.


THE FDLE MEMO THAT ASKED KATHERINE FERNANEZ-RUNDLE TO RECUSE HERSELF IN THE REGALDO CASE