BY BUDDY NEVINS
The trashiest flyer of this cycle — aimed at State House District 100 candidate Joe Geller – is also the one with the biggest obvious lies.
Paid for by a Pensacola-based committee, the piece states: “Geller’s Big Time Donors Have Done Hard Time.”
Then it goes on to mention former Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi and Ira Cor, a Broward County-based real estate broker .
Only one little problem: neither of them did any time….hard or otherwise.
Pizzi got acquitted of bribery charges before the piece hit voters mail boxes starting on Monday.
Cor did community service community service and house arrest on insurance fraud charges in the case filed in 1987 – 27 years ago!
And Cor and Pizzi were not “big time donors.”
Cor gave $100 in Geller’s 2008 losing race for state House out of more than $273,000 raised.
Pizzi donated $500 for the current House campaign, which has contributions and loans of more than $180,000 so far.
The piece is false. Its a straight up lie.
If this is all Geller’s opponents have, they have nothing.
These mailers were done by a group that has done a pro-Ben Sorensen ad. Sorensen is one of two Democrats Geller is facing in the Democratic primary.
Here is the most interesting connection which may mean something…and may not.
The committee sending the piece is Communities First, whose chair is Travis Peterson. Communities First and Petersen’s Impact Campaigns are run out of the same Pensacola address.
Who was Peterson’s best known client in Broward? County Commissioner Tim Ryan in his 2012 race.
Democratic leaning House District 100 stretches east of U. S. One from Hollywood into Miami-Dade’s barrier island. There is one other Democratic candidate, John Paul Alvarez. The race for the open seat — the current occupant is term-limited state Rep. Joe Gibbons, D-Hallandale Beach — also has Republican candidate Marty Feigenbaum and Libertarian Party candidate Omar Recuero.
Below is the piece, the front followed by the back: