With all the mayors being arrested last month, you almost get the feeling that the tides might be turning against public corruption down here in Miami Dade County. Not so fast though, this isn't the first time a sitting mayor has gotten arrested down here, unfortunately the people handling these cases down here have nasty habit of bungling them. Case in point, former South Miami mayor Horace Feliu who was arrested back in 2004...
Horace Feliu, who became South Miami's mayor in November, was arrested Monday night on suspicion of elections fraud, city officials said.
Feliu, 50, was charged with receiving a late contribution, receiving a contribution of more than $500, and receiving a contribution in a public building -- all misdemeanors, South Miami police spokesman Charles Barzek said.
What's worse than the lame ass case they put together against Feliu was the timing of the arrest...
His arrest comes a day before a city election in which he was seeking another term.
Feliu was finishing the term of former Mayor Julio Robaina, who is now a state representative.
Feliu's vice mayor, Mary Scott Russell, said she was surprised by the allegations.
"The night before an election, this is the last thing you want to hear. I wanted to win a fair fight," Russell added.
Anyone notice the similarities between Mr. Feliu's arrest and the spate of recent mayoral arrests? While Mr. Feliu's arrest came the day before the election, the other mayors arrested recently, Pizzi, Maroño and Bateman, were all arrested just as their respective campaign seasons were about to start.
With that said, before we start getting all excited about these guys getting convicted, let's not forget how things ended up for Mr. Feliu, who not only was acquitted of all charges in court but then went on to serve two more terms as mayor of South Miami and sued the state attorney and three county investigators...
Another thing to consider is the timing of Homestead mayor Steve Bateman's arrest. The state attorney's office has known about Mr Bateman's misdeeds for years and turned a blind eye to him. Is it possible that the feds arresting Pizzi and Maroño shamed the sao into arresting Bateman after years of inaction in order to save face?