MARCELO LLORENTE: BIO, VOTES, DONORS (Candidate for 2011 Miami-Dade County Mayor)
Posted by FactReal on April 13, 2011
A quick view of this candidate’s experience, position on issues, legislations, votes, campaign finance, etc.
|● Attorney: graduated from Florida State University – College of Law in 2001.
● Spent 8 years as Republican state legislator for Florida’s district 116.
● Elected to Florida’s House of Representatives in 2002, reelected subsequently until 2010 when he could not run again due to Florida’s term limits.
● Sponsored these legislations
● Joined Democrats to vote against (SB6) the 2010 Teachers’ Merit Pay, a bill seeking to improve Florida’s education and to reward the best teachers by tying teacher pay on performance and assessments instead of seniority and degree. This bill was later vetoed by then-Governor Charlie Crist.
● Acknowledged that he voted NO on SB6: “I have the utmost respect and admiration for teachers and their dedication to our youth and I have become increasingly disheartened by the political tone which has clouded a legitimate debate on educational reform. I voted “NO” on Senate Bill 6.” Did he think that paying teachers according to their merits and not their years of service was disrespectful? His comments echo what the unions and the leftists were saying about this bill.
|● His biggest political achievement: Llorente considers his biggest political achievements: “Getting seven pieces of legislation that I’ve proposed signed into law, including drug testing for high school athletes.”|
● Considered a moderate Republican, not a conservative? “Llorente is considered more from the ’moderate’ side of the Miami Republican apparatus than from the conservative wing of the Party,” Shark Tank reported.
● Democrat runs Llorente’s campaign? According to Sunshine State News, Democrat Christian Ulvert (president of Edge Communications) is Llorente’s campaign adviser and spokesman. “Ulvert ran his first statewide campaign this fall, heading the “Dan Gelber for Attorney General” effort, while also maintaining a political consulting business. He’s also serving as an adviser and campaign spokesman for former state Rep. Marcelo Llorente’s Miami mayoral bid. Note: Llorente is a Republican, and Ulvert has worked across the aisle on a number of policy projects. Previously, he worked as the communications director for the House Democratic office.”
● Democrat likes Llorente because he “works both sides of the aisle:” Democrat State Rep. Kelly Skidmore said Marcelo Llorente is her favorite lawmaker of the opposite party because “he’s very good at getting his bills passed. He’s also quite skilled at working both sides of the aisle and bringing them together. I also think he does a great job in representing his district.”
● His favorite lawmaker of the opposite party are “Rep. Luis Garcia and Rep. Kelly Skidmore, because they have been close friends and mentors to me.”
Donations to his campaigns for State Representative:
● Via Florida’s Div. of Elections:
2002 | 2004 | 2006 | 2008
Donations to his 2011 campaign for Miami-Dade County Mayor:
SharkTank interviewed him back in February 2011: