BY BUDDY NEVINS
Just so you don’t get fooled again, meet the new new boss….same as the old boss:
Angelo Castillo, candidate for county commission.
Castillo is paying for his county commission campaign by tapping the same group of lobbyists who kept his predecessor Diana Wasserman-Rubin in office.
We know what happened to Wasserman-Rubin. She spent years stained by allegations of ethics violations. Some accusations are still being looked at by authorities.
She decided not to run for re-election, leaving the field open for Castillo.
I’m not surprised by the fund raiser, one of several I’m told are planned.
Castillo has a lot of good ideas. He needs to get elected to carry them out.
And that takes money.
Neil Schiller’s 50-plus clients doing business with the county commission are ready to supply it….at a cost.
Make no mistake. For a few dollars, Schiller and his partner Bernie Friedman are buying access into Castillo’s office for their clients.
And who are these clients, who will get ushered into Castillo’s office while the average voter sits in the anteroom?
A bank, a telephone company and two affordable housing companies, maybe seeking to build in your neighborhood.
There are two companies owned by developer Ron Bergeron, a waste company, architects, concessions at the airport, auto tag agencies, stevedores and fuel companies. The Diplomat project in Hollywood.
All of them are buying themselves a seat at Castillo’s table.
This is all legal. It is the way we do business in Broward County.
Let’s call a spade a spade: This is bribery. Not illegal bribery, but bribery nevertheless.
Just once, it would be refreshing to see a candidate say “no” to the slugs of the lobbying crowd.
Unfortunately, not this time around.