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CRESPOGRAM REPORT

DECEMBER 14, 2012

WILLIE ON THE TAKE
COMMISSIONER WILLIE GORT UNDER CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION FOR FAILING TO REPORT FREE CAMPAIGN ADVERTISING

It should become a part of being elected either the Mayor or a member of the Miami City Commission that after the election the winner should not be sworn in until after an investigation is conducted as to whether they tried to screw the pooch in order to get elected.


The Crespogram Report has learned that Commissioner Willie Gort has been under criminal investigation for a while now for his failure to report several tens of thousands of dollars of campaign contributions from an outdoor advertising company that provided him with a large number of free advertising signs at City bus benches and bus stands, in addition to the small number of signs that his campaign paid for.


The investigation is being conducted by the FDLE, and the State Attorney’s Office, and given the political nature of this case, State Attorney Katherine Fernandez-Rundle assigned her do-boy assistant Jose Arroyo, to make sure that nothing crazy happens, like an assistant state attorney deciding to issue an arrest warrant for good old Willie.


The revelation of this investigation raises very serious questions about Commissioner Gort’s responsibility to reveal the investigation at today’s City Commission meeting on the issue of the Mayor’s request for the City to pay for his attorney in the RICO lawsuit filed against the Mayor and the State Attorney.


The fact that as a result of this criminal investigation against him, the State Attorney has a club that she can hold over Willie’s head  regarding any decisions that he makes related to anything having to do with this lawsuit, is something that Willie should have been forthcoming about just to make sure that everyone knows  what’s up.


Additionally, since the election, and since the investigation began Willie has had occasion to vote on billboard and mural legislation that affected the company that supposedly gave him all of the free advertising signs that he did not report.


Willie’s ties to the billboard industry are interesting to say the least, starting with his longtime friendship with Ileana Hernandez Acosta, the mother of Vanessa Acosta, who was originally hired at $100,000 a year, to take over the billboard section of the Building and Planning Department.


Vanessa you will recall won my award for being the MOST EMBARRASSING POLITICAL APPOINTEE earlier this year when I revealed that she had received not 1, BUT 2 waivers for a failure of not having the qualifications for the jobs she was given.


Vanessa has had her problems getting along in the sandbox, but that has not stopped her from being the best pal that the billboard industry has ever had at City Hall.


Willie, always a guy willing to show his appreciation for a friend, even had the City give Vanessa’s mother a certificate for Outstanding Service.

I’m willing to bet that it was Willie, a silver tongued devil if I ever saw one, who came up with the closing sentence in the above award:


            “On behalf of our citizens, we pause in our

            deliberations to thank Ileana Hernandez-Acosta

            for the use of her considerable talents in assuring

            the greatness of our beloved City.”


Almost makes your heart flutter doesn’t it.


Sometimes in all the hectic day-to-day, we don’t get an opportunity to go down the primrose path that explains how an unqualified, loud mouth get’s a $100,000 a year job in the City of Miami, or how billboard companies get serviced by that loudmouth, or why a billboard company might decide to give a City Commissioner running for reelection a couple dozen free advertising signs as a way to show appreciation for the quality service they get from the City.


And chances are that given the amount of crooked behavior that has been brushed under the rug in the last few years that the corrupt, lying, unprincipled lush that is the Miami-Dade State Attorney will no doubt agree with them and tell her do-boy, Joe Arroyo, not to have Willie Gort arrested for being just another crooked City of Miami politician with his hand out.


It’s Miami, Bitches!

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