Alvarez Takes Recall Fight To Court

MIAMI (CBS4) – Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez filed a court challenge Friday to try and derail the recall election he faces March 15th. That election is fueled by voter anger over a property tax rate hike, anger that was then funneled into an organized recall effort led by auto tycoon Norman Braman. Alvarez’s legal team is arguing the recall petitions are riddled with problems.

Among them: complaints that some of those who circulated petitions were paid in violation of Florida law; other complaints that the petitions are rife with sloppy or misplaced notary signatures.

Nearly 100,000 recall signatures from registered voters were certified. That’s almost twice the number needed to move ahead with a recall election.

The county clerk, Harvey Ruvin, does not claim to know what did or did not happen before all those petitions arrived in his office, but he says a painstaking process was followed to certify those signatures after they arrived. Ruvin told reporters, “I am fully confident that we did that in a professional, meticulous manner.”

Mayor Alvarez says he will abide by the will of the people but issued a statement Friday regarding his legal challenge.

His statement read: “As the people of Miami-Dade County know all too well, there is nothing more sacred in our democracy than a fair and honest electoral process.  Unfortunately, in recent weeks, that process has been called into question in the form of countless reports of a flawed, paid signature-gathering effort that cut too many corners and may have violated the law.  This process must be bigger than any individual or individuals.  Election laws are in place to protect the voice of the people, and we cannot allow them to be compromised.  We must send a message that our process is not for sale.  That is why I have asked the courts to step in and ensure the integrity of the process.”

The legal battle intensifies as the mid-March recall election draws nearer with its pivotal political stakes.

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  1. Oscar says:

    Braman is senile.The old guizzard is so scr*wed up in the head,he rants and raves and have temper tantrums and who knows what else.He is so pitiful to look at.This recall action has cost him dearly.He had to buy so many signatures to make to where it is now.What is disgusting is this senile bum will not pay for the election and it will cost the County from 4 to 5 MILLIONS that the County does not have.So this senile act from this senile bum will cost the citizens of Miami-Dade County police positions,services for the poor and whoknows what many other things.It is gross.LOL

    1. mercy says:

      Very simply said. At this point, the mayor has not broken the laws. Why incur this cost at a time that its not needed. This is why terms and elections are in effect. We should let his term finish. Who are we putting there for such a short time to do what? Create more chaos? Let’s be sensible and not emotional. So far, what he did was just add an additional 5 million and hurt Miami Dade again.

  2. Money says:

    I guess you don’t mind the $5 million price tag . Just to kick him out 1 year ahead of time . It just doesn’t make sense. All politicians are dirty, kicking one out to bring another , boggles my mind.

    1. Abelink says:

      $5 million price tag? What’s that? These holders of the purse squander more than a $5 mil here and there in a week with frivolities that have nothing to do with governing. Not a bad price to pay for voter satisfaction.

    2. Money says:

      I don’t know about $5 million being a small price? I’m just saying , do u see who’s putting there hat in the race! Luther campbell, comm. Giminez and Julio robaina from the city of hialeah. I think $5 million is alot to pay considering the possible replacements!!! Abelink you talk about squandering money , I think this election is the definition of that!!

  3. gary liv says:

    see they are going to court on our account the tax payers AND ALL THE tax hikes THIS MELODRAMATIC FOOL HAS DONE I THINK IT WILL BE GREAT TO SEE HIM OUT OF OFFICE AND JOIN THE UNEMPLOYMENT LINE WHICH I SERIOUSLY DOUBT HE WILL BECAUSE HE HAS GOTTEN ALOT OF MONEY ALREADY FROM THE COUNTY AND REMEMBER mr BRAMAN ASK THAT THE COUNTY BE GIVEN ITS ORIGINAL NAME NOT LIKE THE OTHER BANDIT ALEX PENELAS DID JUST AS IT SHOULD BE PLAIN OLD ” DADE CONTY

  4. GARY LIV says:

    THE NAME OF THIS COUNTY IS DADE COUNTY NOT “MIAMI DADE COUNTY ” OR IS IT THAT THE COUNTY IS LONLY THE CITY OF MIAMI NOT ADJACENT NEIGHBORHOODS AND CITIES ? THESE PEOPLE THINK THEY CAN COME AND CHANGE THE NAMES OF PLACES TO WHAT THEY WANT THIS IS THE UNITED STATES NOT “CUBA ” AND BY THE WAY I AM CUBAN TOO OK HABANERO PURO 100%

    1. Jp85 says:

      No…On November 13, 1997 voters changed the name of the county from Dade to Miami-Dade to acknowledge the international name recognition of Miami.

    2. Lewis says:

      Ya the name was change but it seams like the rest of the state has not acknowledged it. I have worked on several state projects in Tallahassee and any time their is a reference its is allays Dade County I brought it ups several times but no one wants to change it is various state application I worked on. I thought the name change was stupid and I voted against it.

  5. Niya says:

    Whether he has a year left or a day, vote him out. How in the first place did he ever get voted in ? Twice! He’s unpersuasive, has a reptilian jumpiness, and is altogether disingenuous. Maybe those are winning attributes hereabouts in the swampland.

  6. Jimmy says:

    Don’t forget to get out and VOTE so this will NOT be a waste of money.
    And do NOT vote in another CROOK either….take your time and vote on the RIGHT person!!

  7. Paco says:

    Gary liv…I appluad you for coming forward and saying your cuban and ripping this town apart, because like you said “MIAMI IS NOT CUBA”!!! Miami used to be a good place to live many years ago, but unfortunately when you get people that come off a inflatable raft they turn a place into a sewer infested rat hole and can’t abide by any driving laws, or let alone any laws for that matter. What do you expect from a person that drives a broken down 1984 brown toyota with the front end missing? It’s bad enough going into a store and trying to purchase something and the cashier doesn’t speak a lick of english or doesn’t even make a attempt to try to speak english…Wake up people, GET OFF YOUR PHONE, pay attention to the road and learn ENGLISH!!

  8. Luis Bonilla says:

    Corrupted Cubans rule Miami, Its time to get out of this country and head south 90 miles to the land of the beard.

  9. angela says:

    Yeah, kick out one currupt Cuban and replace him with another corrupt Cuban. Lord, get me outta this place!!!

  10. Just The Facts - Ma'a says:

    For the law to be effective it MUST APPLY TO ALL OF US OR TO NONE OF US. Even Mayor Alvarez must have his day in court as do we all!! Since a RECALL is an extraordinary event it must be done by the book so as not to thwart the peoples will when he was elected. THAT IS DEMOCRACY AT ITS BEST!

  11. dbm says:

    As much as they say we have no money where is the $5 million coming from for this, can’t he just be throw out without all of the tax money going down the drain or can the billionaire pay for it !

  12. Kenneth Karger says:

    Mayor Carlos Alvarez will do whatever it takes to save his own skin. He could care less about the average Miamian’s who will have to pay for his incompetance.

    Kenneth Karger

  13. DOMINGO says:

    DOSENT THESE MAN GET IT THE PEOPLE OF DADE COUNTY WANTS HIM OUT YET HIS TALKING BABOUT HOW MUCH IS GOING TO COST THE TAX PAYER FOR THESE SPECIL ELECTION BUT YET HOW MUTCH IS IT GOING TO COST THE PEOPLE TO GO TO COURT AND FIGTH HIS RECALL AND NO MATTER WHO TAKES OVER HIS JOB ALL THE PEOPLE THAT ARE AFTER HIS OFFICE ARE ALL BUNCH OF CROOKS ALL POLITICAL ARE LIEYER AND ALL THEY KNOW TO DO IS STEAL FROM THE PEOPLE LETS GET A KID TO RUN FOR MAYOR HE MAY DO A BETTER JOB CAUSE THE ONE WE GOT RUNING OR WANT TO RUN AINT GOING TO CHANGE ANYTHING JUST MAKE IT WORSE.GIVE IT UP MR ALVARES AND GET THE MESSAGE GET OUT WE DON’T WANT YOU ANYMORE .

  14. LIs says:

    I would like to have you all put on his shoes and see what you would have done in his place. By the way this has nothing to do with the Cuban community, there are crooks in all nationalities, so let’s leave out the racist remarks. I’m not saying his right or wrong but a s a person he has the right to fight for himself just like you all would, and I’m sure there is not one person out there that would care if they were in this situation or any other to have someone else foot the bill for you in your defense would be the “thing.” So stick to the facts leave out the racist remarks against your own people. Just vote.

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