BY BUDDY NEVINS
Today’s Margatenews.net has another reason why cities need an ethics lesson: Vice Mayor David McLean.
McLean was using his credit card for questionable expenses, including one whooping $1,200 restaurant charge.
When is the last time you spent $1,200 at a restaurant? Many of you wouldn’t do that because you’d be paying the bill yourself.
The article unfortunately doesn’t state whether McLean paid the money back.
It doesn’t matter. He shouldn’t have spent it.
This is proof once again that Broward’s electeds need the handcuffs of tough ethics rules to stop them from abusing their office.
And this is a lesson to other governments – electeds have no business with a government-issued credit card.
If the electeds can’t lay out the money, they shouldn’t spend it.
I doubt whether Margate voters elected McLean so he could charge $1,200 at a restaurant to the city. What about the other questionable expenses such as a pet lodge, repeated meals and expensive flowers?
This goes for all elected. Where does it say in the job description for elected officials that they can eat, drink, house their pets and send flowers on taxpayers’ dime?
And some city officials question why an ethics law is needed?
If they take money from the city, what are they taking from lobbyists?
The Margatenews.net piece also has another juicy nugget of community journalism. McLean has allegedly been driving without a license or a valid license plate.
Mitchell Pellecchia (who I don’t know) writing on the Margatenews website nails McLean good.
She has the pictures.
One picture shows McLean’s car with a plate that expired in Nov. 2011. The website said it was taken this month.
To back up their claim, the paper also notes that McLean has been charged with driving without a valid plate and a suspended license.
Driving with a suspended license is a criminal offense – a misdemeanor if the first or second offense and beyond that, a felony.
Here is the full Margatenews.net story. I recommend it.
Below is McLean’s credit card bills from the Margatenews.net website. Click to enlarge.