BY BUDDY NEVINS
Earlier today former state Sen. Steve Geller called on County Commissioner Sue Gunzburger in Browardbeat.com to run a clean campaign.
In an open letter, Gunzburger answers Geller.
And he isn’t going to like what she has to say.
This race for County Commission District 6 really is the most interesting one on the local ballot so far. These candidates really don’t like one another. I love it!
Here is Gunzburger’s answer to Geller:
“The voters are entitled to know what you and I stand for, and to learn the truth about our mutual records as two veteran Broward elected officials. I’m happy to openly discuss my record as an environmentalist who successfully worked for beach restoration and more parks — just as I’m sure you are willing to defend your lengthy record as a developer lobbyist.”
I see her point. She believes voters should know Geller’s background, including facts about his profession as a former lobbyist and his views on development.
I see his point. Voters need to be warned that some of what her campaign has said about Geller is nothing more than shameless spinning.
For instance, her campaign is disingenuous to criticize Geller for taking contributions from criminals like Scott Rothstein. After all, Gunzburger took money from Rothstein, too.
I can’t win by picking sides. I’ll just hold their coats and let them duke it out.
Here is the original post that Gunzburger is answering. Here is her answer to Geller in full:
Thank you for your three-page letter filled with suggestions and advice for how you believe I should run my campaign. While I appreciate the hours you have obviously spent thinking about my campaign and coming up with these nifty ideas for me, your suggestion as to how we can both avoid being held accountable to the voters for our public records is a bad idea.
The voters are entitled to know what you and I stand for, and to learn the truth about our mutual records as two veteran Broward elected officials. I’m happy to openly discuss my record as an environmentalist who successfully worked for beach restoration and more parks — just as I’m sure you are willing to defend your lengthy record as a developer lobbyist and legislator who advocated for larger mega-high rises on the barrier islands. I’m proud of my years of advocacy in support of adding a tougher ethics code for elected officials to the Broward County Code and Charter — something you have quietly but persistently lobbied behind the scenes to kill in recent months. I can go on about my record of building more public libraries, creating and saving jobs, and a dozen straight years of lowing property tax rates, and so on — just as I’m sure you will talk about your record — but you get the idea.
This campaign — from both of us — should simply be about telling the truth. I am all for it. Why aren’t you? As for my strategy, Steve, it is to do what I have always done as an elected official: meet with as many voters as possible personally, and listen and respond to their concerns. My campaign communication will be about telling the truth, getting the facts out, and letting the voters decide August 24 based on honest information.
County Commissioner – District 6
Political advertisement paid for and approved by Sue Gunzburger, Democrat for Broward County Commissioner, District 6