BY BUDDY NEVINS
County Commission candidate Alexandra Davis likes to live large at taxpayers’ expense.
Davis has taken two summer junkets to Jamaica since taking office as a Miramar Commissioner in 2010. The cost to taxpayers — $1,320 in 2011 and $1,407 in 2013.
The trips were to attend conventions on the “Jamaican Diaspora,” how people living in Jamaica and Jamaicans living in this country can help each other, according to city records.
Davis stayed in an oceanfront room in the Hilton Rose Hill Resort & Spa. She also paid a baggage fee of $126 in 2011 and upgraded her seat both years for a total of $86.
Besides traveling on the city’s dime, Davis bought two tunics and other clothes from Land’s End and charged $368 to the city in 2011 and 2013.
We aren’t talking about a great deal of money. We are talking attitude: The idea that someone believes trips — whatever the reason for the trip — and clothes are perks of the government job.
There are a lot of Caribbean folks living in Miramar. I bet they would like a couple of free trips to Jamaica.
Davis is fighting incumbent Commissioner Barbara Sharief for the Southwest Broward District 8 seat.
Judicial Candidate Loses Endorsement
Circuit Court candidate Rhoda Sokoloff lost a big endorsement this week from a political leader in Century Village of Pembroke Pines.
Adele Berger, who was listed first in a list of Sokoloff supporters in a mailed campaign advertising booklet late last month, has changed her mind.
Berger says she dumped Sokoloff after being told that one of her key campaign workers was a conservative Republican.
“I found out that a gal who was part of the Tea Party was working for her campaign,” Berger says.
Berger was referring to Elizabeth Eddy, who once ran for state House as a Republican and has been accompanying Sokoloff to campaign events.
Berger has now endorsed Andrea Gundersen. “She’s got the experience to make a great judge.”
Elections Official Forgets Candidate’s Name
The work load must be getting to Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes.
Brenda Snipes: Forgets candidate’s name (photo: Browardbulldog.org)
Despite being involved in a lawsuit on the validity of a state House District 96 write-in, Snipes forgot the name of one of the candidates in the race during a speech this week to the Coral Springs Democrats.
She was talking about District 96’s law suit and said, “Kristin Jacobs and another candidate in that race.”
“That would be me,” injected former state Rep. Steve Perman, who was in the audience.
“That would be you. Tell me your name,” Snipes said.
“I live in Coral Springs actually.”
“Okay. Alright,” Snipes said.
Now maybe Snipes can’t be expected to know every candidate on the ballot. But she was in court over this one!
Perman and Jacobs are in a Democratic primary race to replace term-limited state Rep. Jim Waldman, D-Coconut Creek, in the heavily-Democratic north Broward seat.