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JOE GARCIA and his Corrupt Friend Raul Martinez (FL-25) (Video of physical abuse. Links to corruption case, Castro connection… )

Posted by FactReal on October 7, 2010

A MAN IS KNOWN BY THE COMPANY HE KEEPS
WHO IS JOE GARCIA?
Now that Democrat Joe Garcia is running for Florida’s 25th congressional district, he has tried to soften his image by cutting his hippie-curls and by pretending to sound conservative while subtly peddling his leftist agenda coated with fake altruism. But those who have listened to him for years know that those “changes” are just artificial. Even if he tries to hide his true personality and radical agenda, voters can always count on his friends to tell us who Joe Garcia really is.
MEET HIS FRIEND: RAUL MARTINEZ
The disgraced former Mayor of Hialeah infamous for his corruption, scandals, vulgar outbursts, Castro connection, etc.

From left to right: Raul Martinez, Kendrick Meek, Nancy Pelosi, and Joe Garcia campaigning in October 2008

Joe Garcia is so proud of Raul Martinez that less than two weeks ago he had a fund-raiser lunch at Raul’s house.
RAUL MARTINEZ’S PHYSICAL ABUSE ON A PROTESTER
Martinez’s strategy: Sucker-punch your opposition from behind.
In 1999, Democrat Raul Martinez, then Mayor of Hialeah, punched a young guy. Here is the video and report:

On 6/30/1999, then Hialeah Mayor Raul Martinez pummeled a young man (Ernesto Mirabal, 21) who supposedly was blocking traffic on the Palmetto Expressway.

“More than 400 people gathered on the Palmetto on Tuesday night to protest the Coast Guard’s treatment of six Cuban rafters, blocking the northbound lanes at Northwest 103rd Street for about four hours. The protest turned into a battle after 2 a.m. Seven people were arrested…”

“Both the mayor, weighing in at 6-3, 255 pounds, and the protester, 150-pound, 5-10 Ernesto Mirabal, say the other guy swung first. Martinez emerged the champion of the roadside bout. He landed a left and at least five right uppercuts as police officers jumped Mirabal, leaving the protester bleary-eyed and spitting blood. The fight video played all day on news stations…”

7/1/1999 Miami Herald reported the incident, of course, trying to make their beloved Raul Martinez look good.

RAUL MARTINEZ’S CORRUPTION & MAFIA STYLE

Mug shot: Raul Martinez

Raul Martinez – Epitome of Corruption and Shame:
• From his conviction in federal court for bribery, extortion and racketeering
• To his two hung juries after his conviction was overturned on a technicality, where the jury –having never acquitted him-leaned heavily toward convicting him once again
• To his arranging for the taxpayers to pay for his legal fees and grant him “back pay” for the time he was suspended as Mayor of Hialeah due to his federal corruption charges, despite the fact that the had been employed during that same period of time
• To his violent and physical assault on a demonstrator and threatening a city employee
• To his vulgar outbursts when confronted by criticism

NYT: Raul Martinez Conviction in 1991:
“Mayor Raul Martinez, was convicted of extortion and racketeering in March after a jury found he had accepted $1 million in cash and property from land developers. His replacement, Julio Martinez, complains that his efforts to clean up the city and pass a new budget have been thwarted because the police Chief and the majority of the City Council defy his orders and remain loyal to the man he replaced.”

Mafia Style:
“But events took a peculiar turn earlier this month when two supporters of Julio Martinez found cow’s tongues at their office door, another received a fish head in his mailbox, and a severed and muzzled goat’s head was discovered in a police department parking lot.”

Prosecutors surrendered: “Martinez, who was accused of trading zoning favors to developers for cash and sweet land deals worth between $134,000 to $182,000, was convicted on six of eight federal extortion and racketeering charges in 1991. But appellate judges ordered a new trial in 1994, citing flawed jury instructions and blatant jury misconduct. The mayor’s second trial ended March 26 in a hung jury. And the third trial, which began April 22, resulted in a similar fate.”

“Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Gregorie said U.S. Supreme Court rulings since the original conviction made the case against Martinez harder to prove. He added that in the second trial, prosecutors believed that a change in jury instructions confused jurors and led to the 11-1 vote to acquit.”

“[Judge] Kehoe decided to accept the verdict on the lone unanimous count, in which Martinez allegedly coerced Hialeah Councilman Silvio Cardoso to pay a $7,000 bribe to another councilman for a zoning vote.”

“Then Kehoe declared a mistrial on the five remaining counts…”

RAUL MARTINEZ’S CORRUPTION & SCANDALS
In 2008, Raul Martinez ran for congress. Here are some election videos.
RAUL MARTINEZ’S DONORS LINKED TO FIDEL CASTRO
For his 2008 congressional campaign, Raul Martinez accepted donations from pro-Castro individuals like Alfredo Duran.
ALFREDO DURAN, FRIEND OF CASTRO & RAUL MARTINEZ (Report, Post)
Pro-Castro Alfredo Duran donated to Raul Martinez’s campaign:

Donors to Raul Martinez campaign in 2008

Alfredo Duran, left, with Raul Martinez, right

Pro-Castro Alfredo Duran met with Fidel Castro and Cuba’s VP:

Alfredo Duran, left, with Fidel Castro in March, 2001.

Alfredo Duran, right, with Cuba's VP of the Council of Ministers, José Ramón Fernández Álvarez.

Pro-Castro Alfredo Duran working together with Democrat Chris Dodd to help Fidel Castro:

Democrat Chris Democrat presidential hopeful, U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., speaks as Alfredo Duran, rear left, Alvaro Fernandez, and Antonio Zamora, look on during a press conference where he announced his comprehensive Cuba policy Saturday, Sept. 8, 2007, in Coral Gables.
(AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

Democratic presidential hopeful, U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., left, is introduced by as Alfredo Duran, right, during a press conference where he announced his comprehensive Cuba policy Saturday, Sept. 8, 2007, in Coral Gables. (AP)

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