Saturday, February 6, 2010

Grand Jury on Corruption, Who dat!

Florida Prosecutors, according to the Miami Herald, will start picking people next week to serve on a statewide grand jury on public corruption. Scheduled to convene in December the grand jury will be based in Broward County.

The Herald said: “Attorney General Bill McCollum urged the public to report instances of wrongdoing by public officials, from bribery to nepotism to fraud, to his office and its investigative arm, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement…

…Crist, a Republican who is running for U.S. Senate, had called for the grand jury shortly after the indictments of prominent GOP fundraiser Alan Mendelsohn, ex-Broward County Commissioner Josephus Eggelletion, former Miramar City Commissioner Fitzroy Salesman and suspended Broward School Board member Beverly Gallagher.”

OK, Mr. McCollum, I assume you are basing the grand jury in Broward County because of all the recently uncovered corruption here and in Miami-Dade. Good call.

But, please don’t wait for the public to fuel your investigation. Get your prosecutors to be proactive. Go to every city and check the land use changes and variances that have been handed out like Halloween candy to generous developers. Check who gave campaign contributions to whom, and check what kind of deals they got for their projects, check voting records for those projects. Google bloggers’ posts; a lot of suspected corruption shows up on posts.

Be blind to whether the miscreants are Republican or Democrat. For too long in Broward Republicans got a pass. And, please do your investigations in a timely manner. A couple of years ago I filed complaints with documentation and when I called was told they couldn’t discuss an ongoing investigation. How many years does it take?

As you are running for Governor, my guess is that you will want to get a few crooks behind bars before election time. I really want to believe that this whole thing is not just another flash in the pan political ploy. But I do tend to be an optimist; however perhaps the results will justify the motives.

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