In case anyone missed it, yesterday City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and his pals conducted a nonsensical press conference where he publicly came out against the illegal gambling machines that we all know well and love, the maquinitas. Our friend Al Crespo covered the press conference and the hypocrisy of the whole ordeal on his site this morning...
So, all of a sudden, Tomas Regalado has become a law-and-order guy when it comes to these maquinitas. Forget that he personally inserted a maquinita owner - and not just any maquinita owner - but one who had been identified in a federal indictment as a mid-level member of the Cuban Mafia, to be part of the committee headed by the Miami City Attorney to draft the ordinance that allowed the machines to get licensed in the City of Miami.
That’s like inviting a child molester to be part of the committee tasked with writing a city ordinance to keep child molesters away from your kids.
Tomas Regalado took campaign money, and was in the pocket of these maquinita owners right up to this morning, and if he gets a chance he’ll continue to do favors for these same guys whenever her gets the opportunity, because that’s just the kind of guy that Regalado is.
Can the mayor sink any lower than this embarrassing publicity stunt? The same mayor that was in the maquinita owner's pockets is now backed into a corner and has done an about face regarding these machines whose owners were his strongest campaign backers? Honestly folks, WTF?