Electioneering Report – April 7, 2011

One phone call, two mailers. The phone call was picked up by my answering machine about 1:30pm. It featured the very nice recorded voice of Nancy Sanabria asking my answering machine to support her husband. Great sound quality too. Probably the nicest robocall I’ve gotten yet. (Pity about the candidate’s politics.)

Like yesterday’s robocall, today’s Sanabria mailer touts his endorsement by Ralph Cabrera.

Speaking as just another confused voter, I personally don’t find this much of a selling point, since I couldn’t tell you much about Mr. Cabera, but that may say more about my faults then about either of them.

The mail also brought a mailer from the temperamental Richard Martin. Although the pictures below are the same size as I’ve been using for the other mailers, this one is actually only about half as big. It’s not very slick, as you might expect from a campaign with a more limited budget.

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10 Responses to Electioneering Report – April 7, 2011

  1. Whatsup says:

    Mr. Froomkin, it is also somewhat of a pity that after praising a candidate’s wife for her robo call you find it necessary to put down the candidate by expressing pity over what you call,the candidates politics. you know, you could, maybe, be wrong on this. Have been studying at depth all of the candidates aptitudes, backgrounds, etc., and, frankly, I have to say, coffee meeting aside, pre-established prejudices aside, you just may be wrong on this one. Lets see.

    • AnEconomist? says:

      Of course Froomkin is right about Sanabria’s politics–he’s a builder not an economist and everyone who can read knows that.
      And Nancy Sanabria does have a nice voice.
      And Ralph Cabrera’s endorsement only means that birds of a feather flock together…developer interests, developer dollars, sad politics.

  2. michael says:

    Anyone can be wrong about anything. It could be, for example, that Mr. Sanabria was wrong to vote to move the UDB and that despite his personal qualities this is a good reason to think he’s not the perfect candidate. I think that were it not for the UDB we’d have even worse development outcomes than we have ended up with. It’s a good thing. I think that people who vote to weaken it have political instincts that I do not agree with.

    That is s substantive reply to your substance-free shilling. Please feel free to respond with a defense of why we should vote for candidates with a track record of undermining the UDB.

    You can, if you wish, call concern about the environment and about managed developoment policies a “prejudice” — although I don’t think that’s either nice or appropriate. I prefer to think of it as a bias, the difference being that a prejudice is unreasoning and unyielding, while a bias is a leaning, sometimes even one based on knowledge or experience, that can be overcome with evidence. I admit to a pro-environment bias.

    • AnEconomist? says:

      not only did Gonzo vote to move the UDB he never even voted in a Gables election until he ran two years ago for the commission.
      He told the Herald he was too busy making money to find the time to vote. What a sad course of events that he would even run again.
      Gonzo, who claims he’s economist though he only has an undergraduate degree. Well, this race should be he also spent over $100.000 of his own money to lose

  3. A.Weiner says:

    answers from 2 mayoral candidates to 6 questions related to walking, biking, transit, street safety, etc.

  4. Just me says:

    Last night, while watching the Bulls v. Celtics game on on TNT, I saw three commercials for Coral Gables candidates 1) Don Slesnick; 2) William Kerdyk; and 3) Tom Korge (I was half asleep at this point, so it may have been someone else).

    I don’t recall seeing any commercials for this race before last night, and all of a sudden I see commercials run by three separate candidates during a single basketball game. Seems like a step up in spending may be upon us.

  5. Antonio says:

    Prof. Froomkin makes a good point. Me, i’m not all that upset about the UDB, which is very misunderstood (it’s a half-ass, haphazard “line”). In some cases it should be “moved,” in others it shouldn’t. When in doubt, i do agree it should NOT be “moved.”

    That said, the same people who are all aghast about the UDB issue fight any urban “infill” projects tooth and nail. In Gables, these people ranted and railed against Merrick Park, Whole Foods, a lot of what UM did recently and some of the newer commercial buildings along U.S. 1.

    Yet these projects turned out mostly fine. Some people will disagree, as is their right. But then some people will disagree with almost any commercial development.

    So the moral for me is…. some development is good, some is bad. All depends.

    “Gonzo” Sanabria, as he’s being called, seems to be a decent choice. Rosenblatt is just completely a non-starter. Pleeeeeeeeze. c’mon, this guy is an embarassment, even for miami.

    Quesada seems pleasant, but non-descript and not much zest. a little green, too. some people like that (witness withers, kerdyk). i expect a little more.

    the other candidates are really non-entities, ain’t gonna win.

    Gonzo has some life experience, and served on the expressway authority — one of few public agencies that seems to not screw things up too badly. i think he will be the one up there who will ask the right questions, and the right follow-up questions, to the administration.

    let’s not kid ourselves. on the current commission, it’s basically slesnick and cabrera who are the only ones who do that now (especially cabrera). withers, anderson and kerdyk…. well, let’s just say they add a new dimension to the word deferential when it comes to their city managers.

    so there’s my take on this race.

    as for the mayor’s race….. Cason is a Tea Bagger in drag. way too far out for my tastes. i’m glad slesnick called him out on his criticizing other people’s public pensions while collecting one himself. touche!

    korge is really trying to move out of his brother’s shadow. watch his face when someone says to him, “hey, is your brother chris korge, the lobbyist?” he should have run for commission instead. oh, in case anyone is wondering who is behind the attacks on Cason, it’s Korge. That’s how it works.

    So that leaves Hizzonner, the incumbent. I’m hardly enamored by him. Let me make that clear. But in all, he’s done a decent job. So there.

    Oh, yes, I will vote for Kerdyk. He’s harmless. I say keep him around for another 4 years. Especially since Namon is just an old, craggy malcontent.

    • AnEconomist? says:

      Why does your post sound like a front for all the FOP endorsed candidates?

      • Antonio says:

        why do your posts sound like you are deadbeat brad’s toady? that said, if you support someone other than deadbeat brad then i will ignore your inflammatory remark toward me.

  6. TheIT says:

    I got this email blast from Sanabria. It spells it out in black and white and he committs to an agenda and timeline. He’s my Dog in the race for Seat 4 and Quesada a future pick for 2013
    Mayor’s race is basicallly giving Slesnick a two year pass versus trying out pot luck with a career diplomat who only has lived here two years or Korge who is so negative and sour that he scares me. I disagree with giving a blessing to Kerdyk and will vote against him as a protest for his non-leadership the past 16 years he’s been there

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