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Carlos GIMENEZ: LIBERAL VOTES, DONORS, RECORD (Links to his votes) (2011 Miami-Dade Mayoral Candidate)

Posted by FactReal on May 23, 2011

Updated by FactReal on June 28, 2011
So, you think Gimenez is a conservative because he has adopted the Tea-Party parlance, i.e., lower taxes, term limits, power to the voters, etc. But his record shows he has sponsored many liberal legislations, i.e., prohibiting Trans Fats in restaurants, furthering environmentalist-controlling measures, conditioning commissioners’ 8-year term with salary increase, etc.

Gimenez also voted against SB1070 Arizona law and urged Obama to pass an immigration reform (a.k.a. Amnesty for illegals). He also voted against offshore oil drilling, even though Cuba plans to drill for oil less than 75 miles off the Florida Keys and deeper than BP’s Deepwater Horizon well. Either Gimenez was pandering to leftists or he doesn’t understand how these liberal policies hurt the county and the nation. Would a true conservative do that?

A quick view of this candidate’s experience, position on issues, legislations, votes, campaign finance, etc.

● Was Miami-Dade County commissioner for District 7 from November 2, 2004 through April 12, 2011 when he resigned to run for county mayor.
● Was City of Miami manager from May 2000 to January 2003.
● Spent 25 years with City of Miami Dept. of Fire-Rescue: Started as firefighter at the age of 20. Was Miami’s fire chief the last nine years at the dept. (1991 – 2000)
● Completed his Bachelor’s Degree in public administration in 1999 at Barry University – Miami.

NEW:Carlos Gimenez Endorsed by Muslims, Gays, and Leftists
NEW:Carlos Gimenez Voted for SLOT MACHINES Contracts
NEW:Carlos GIMENEZ Voted for Red Light Traffic Cameras
NEW:Carlos Gimenez Wanted More Powers for Commissioners
NEW:Carlos Gimenez Oversaw the Failed Transit System

$5 Million Pension
NEW:Will receive a $5 MILLION PENSION Paid by Taxpayers
Gimenez receives $126,810-a-year government pension paid mostly by taxpayers for the rest of his life. If he gets that pension for 40 years, he will receive $5,072,400. Gimenez will receive an additional lifetime pension for his work as County commissioner.

Pro-Homosexual Agenda
Advanced the gay agenda
– Co-sponsored and passed a 2008 ordinance to benefit homosexuals
– Advocated against the 2008 Florida Marriage Protection Amendment (a.k.a. Amendment 2) to define marriage between one man and one woman
– Received the endorsement from the gay organization, SAVE Dade, on June 2, 2011
– Received SAVE Dade‘s Champions of Equality Award in 2009
– Was more than happy to attended a gay event organized by SAVE Dade
– Is donor/member of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Foundation5
– Seen by gays as someone who will advance their agenda

According to SAVE Dade, the homosexual-activist group, Carlos Gimenez supports:
• A trans-inclusive Human Rights Ordinance;
• Ensuring and expanding the rights of Domestic Partners;
• Instituting a County-wide LGBT advisory board; and
• Keeping adoption legal for parents who are gay and lesbian.

Photos and details here.

Oversaw Failed Transit Projects (i.e., half-penny sales tax for new transit lines)
● Was assigned vice-chair of the Commissioners’ Regional Transportation Committee, which oversees the county’s transportation system — the same transportation system that was going to be modernized by the 2002 half-cent sales tax. Yes, the infamous half-penny sales tax that they were going to use to supposedly build new miles of bus service and 90-miles of new Metrorail extensions like the elusive East-West and North Corridors. (The East-West Corridor, the Metrorail extension that would run from the Miami International Airport to the FIU campus on 8 SW Street; and the North Corridor that would run north up to the Broward County line.) As of October 2010, they had collected almost $1.4 billion in transit surtax, but most was spent on bloated salaries, excessive staff and maintenance of existing operations. The county and the cities have misspent these tax dollars.

Endorsed by union

Proposed or co-sponsored legislations:

A Conservative?
Although Gimenez and the local media want to convince Miamians that Gimenez is conservative, his record shows a different picture. Would a conservative sponsor these leftist proposals:

Raise Commissioners’ Salaries
(Commissioners already get $55,388 in benefits + perks + $1 million budget, etc.)
On 3/25/2011 commissioners Heyman and Bell sponsored the latest amendment for the May 24 ballot to raise commissioners’ salary, but Gimenez has been proposing this raise in the past:
To raise commissioners’ salaries (PDF) in 10/29/2010 – but it was withdrawn 11 days later.
To raise commissioners’ salaries, 7/18/2008
To raise commissioners’ salary (PDF), 11/6/2007

More Power to the Commissioners
To return to the commission the powers previously transferred to the Mayor (PDF), 5/10/2010

Red-Light Cameras at Intersections
To install Red Light Cameras (PDF), 10/7/2009
To install Red Light Cameras (PDF), 6/24/2008
To use Red Light Cameras at intersections (PDF), 9/25/2007
To install cameras at intersections (PDF), 11/2/2006

Limit Amendment #2 – Right to bear arms
To impose an assault weapons ban (PDF), 9/17/2007

Telling People What Not to Eat
To prohibit county from using Trans Fat (PDF), 2/28/2007
To ban Trans Fats in restaurants (PDF), 2/16/2007

More Taxes
To eliminate loop hole preventing property transfers to be taxed (PDF), 2/6/2007

Global Warming
(There is plenty of info demonstrating that Global Warming is a hoax, Gimenez still insisted in furthering this manipulative and failed agenda)
To join the Chicago Climate Exchange to reduce greenhouse gas (PDF), 2/5/2007
To seek grants for ethanol fleet vehicles to encourage demand for alternative fuels (PDF), 2/1/2007
To give tax exemption for solar energy (PDF), 1/2/2007
To create Climate Change Advisory Task Force, 4/13/2006
To support development of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, 3/30/2006

To call for special election to authorize slot machines, 1/24/2005

Voted to support these resolutions:
Against Oil Independence
Voted against offshore oil drilling

Pro-Illegal Immigration
Voted for Amnesty for illegals and against SB1070 Arizona law

Supported Michelle Obama’s intrusive “Health” Program
Voted for Michelle’s Obama intrusive campaign with the misleading title “Communities Putting Prevention to Work” to supposedly combat obesity (that is, to tell us what to eat, drink, buy…), 10/5/2010 (Votes)
This sound very altruistic, but don’t be fooled. Politicians are infringing on our private lives and on our parental rights ever so more: School officials ban lunches from home…and confiscate snacks, Boston Mayor bans soda, NY State won’t allow kids to play kickball but gives them condoms, Michelle Obama tells restaurants to cut the butter…and hide the French fries, etc.

Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive…those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. — C.S. Lewis

Here is the Truth behind Michelle Obama’s Obesity Campaign — it’s a power grab masquerading as a public health crusade.

Good Votes
● Voted against raising property taxes as proposed by then-mayor Carlos Alvarez, 9/23/2010
● Voted against the Marlins ballpark
Donations to his 2011 campaign for Miami-Dade County Mayor:
● Via Miami-Dade Election Department’s Voter Focus

Donations to his campaigns for Miami-Dade County Commissioner:
2004 | 2008

Info for the June 28th election in Miami-Dade County:
Julio Robaina’s Record
(With links to primary sources)

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