Voters Fire Salesman

Fitzroy Salesman had hoped that pulling out a gun in a crowded grocery wouldn’t be much of an issue for Miramar voters. Apparently, it was.  Salesman finished fourth in a four-way race for the commission seat he used to occupy.

History gave him reason to hope.  After all, Hialeah put Raul Martinez back in the mayor’s chair in ’93, after he’d been suspended for Federal kickback charges he later beat.  Humberto Hernandez had regained his Miami commission seat while under indictment a decade ago, though Hernandez later served time for fraud.

Salesman’s crime– waving a gun at a couple of teens he claimed were threatening him– wasn’t related to his conduct in office like those earlier examples.  And his self-assessment was not modest: “I’m still one of the best commissioners this city’s ever had”, he boasted while waving to motorists, election eve.

90% of voters didn’t buy it.  Some called Salesman an embarrassment to the city.  Even former supporter John Stevens said he’d vote for someone else, concerned that the city might be stuck with a six-figure tab for a special election, were Salesman to win at the ballot box, but lose at trial, next month (a conviction would carry a three-year minimum sentence).

Stevens accurately predicted: “I don’t think he’ll be re-elected  because of the expense to the city.  I think it’s better to put somebody in there that you know is going to be in office, rather than take a chance.”

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