By Former Trial Judge Marc Mogil, J.D., (State of New York)
Not content to lose an election like an honorable man, 77 year old retired politician Lewis J. (“I Love Lew”) Thaler has decided to be remembered in the future as having been the penultimate hypocrite of his era by costing his “beloved” City hundreds of thousands of dollars in expenses and legal fees in a run-off election for which he is suing the City and Miami-Dade County.
After conceding defeat and congratulating the winner, 55 year old GEORGE “BUD” SCHOLL — Thaler is now convinced that the voters are too stupid to understand for whom they voted on November 4th, and who was “certified” as the winner on November 14th. A third candidate (Alex Amselem) withdrew from the race and was legally disqualified with the letter of the law being followed by the City and County. Yet Thaler — with the financial campaign backing of wealthy and powerful developers who are blighting our beachfront and skyline with density variance monstrosities — wants another chance to win. Thaler’s powerful developer friends need Thaler to continue making millions. How pathetic is that? Where is honor? Is this how Thaler respects your democratic right to vote?
The Courts should put Thaler in his place and uphold the will of our voters. If not, and a costly and unnecessary runoff is ordered (not likely if our wise judiciary upholds Florida law), he will again be pummeled by an electorate DISGUSTED at the depths to which certain politicians will sink in their own self-interest. Justice most often prevails, despite back-room deals.