BY BUDDY NEVINS
Is that your final decision, Angelo?
Are you sure?
I hope Pembroke Pines Commissioner Angelo Castillo has made a final decision when he announced today he is running.
Watching him dance around was like watching kids at Chuck E. Cheese do the Hokey Pokey.
He put his left foot into the county commission race.
Then he took his left foot out.
Then Castillo took his foot and shook it all about.
Today Castillo has called off the dance. He said he got clearance from the Ethics Commission to run.
He was running earlier this year.
Then dropped out because he was told his job at Broward House AIDS agency conflicted with an eventual commission job.
Broward House gets money from the county.
Then he asked for an official opinion from the Ethics Commission. They gave him a favorable decision today.
Several Broward pols — the district is largely in Southwest Broward — said Castillo’s indecision in this incident was a poor way to start a campaign.
“He was running for months unofficially. He should have checked this ethics situation out earlier and not left everybody in the lurch,” said one.
Another said: “This left a bad taste in everybody’s mouth. It didn’t indicate he prepared himself ahead of time. That’s not a good sign.”
Here is his news release:
Angelo Castillo Campaign for Broward County Commissioner, District 8
June 4, 2010
I am immediately resuming my campaign as a candidate for Broward County Commissioner, District 8.
Today, in response to a request for advisory opinion that I self-initiated in April, the Florida Commission on Ethics officially determined that I can continue to hold my full-time job while serving as an elected county commissioner. Workable conditions will permit me to earn a living for my family while serving you at County Hall. This complete ethics clearance removes any doubt that caused me to step back from this race on May 7th. My commitment to serve our community never waivered. But as I explained in May, public office is only possible when a balance is struck between an official’s family, professional, and public obligations. I refused to campaign in bad faith if that balance was in any way threatened. Stepping out of the race was a hard decision to make. Many politicians would have disclosed nothing. I chose to be up front with residents. By being honest and pursuing this issue until a final decision was made, I hope you agree that I made the right choice. Today, free of any concern, I enthusiastically recommit myself to bringing new leadership, prosperity and hope to our community. I will immediately resume making my case to the people and am determined to win this election.
More than ever before, Broward County residents must ensure that only the most qualified, trustworthy and capable officials are elected to represent them. The challenges we face today have never been tougher and the consequences of failure never more profound. These elections must become sober job interviews — where every voter makes an important executive decision. Those quality of those choices will mean the difference between our community’s success and failure. I welcome that challenge, I can live up to that standard, and am prepared to meet it squarely.
Broward County needs jobs and economic opportunity. We must take our communities back from crime and neglect, we must reinvigorate tourism and trade, partner wisely with the private sector, bring new families to buy our foreclosed homes, and make opportunity come back to Broward County. We must recommit to conservative fiscal practices that ensure high quality services at the lowest cost to the taxpayer. We must recommit to the rule of law and to high ethical standards. We must ensure that government works for us, not the other way around. I have the experience, determination and ability to help get this county moving forward again. Strong desire, demonstrated ability, and a vision for our future — those that the elements we need and those are the elements that I offer. With your help I hope to have that opportunity and I can’t wait to get started making a difference for you. Broward County’s best days are ahead of us. Together, I know we will get there.