BY BUDDY NEVINS
State Attorney Mike Satz is about to pick up a potentially formidable and experienced opponent – Chris Mancini.
Mancini is the former Deputy Chief of Major Crimes for the U. S. Attorney’s Office. He is now in private practice.
And get this: Mancini will run as an independent.
That’s a tough political road to navigate in Broward, one of the most partisan urban Democratic counties in the United States. But maybe now is the time to realize that being a good State Attorney has nothing to do with membership in a political party.
Mancini was trying out campaign themes while talking to Browardbeat.com. He said Satz’s office was “weak” on fighting public corruption and cyber crimes and opposed to alternative sentencing.
The nationwide movement to save tax money and lives by providing violators of minor crimes with an option to avoid jail hasn’t affected Satz, Mancini said. Critics say Satz’s first instinct is to throws folks in jail – mostly minorities—even if they are charged with almost-insignificant crimes.
“All he cares about is ‘lock ‘em away, lock ‘em away and keep my job,’” Mancini said.
“Weak on Corruption”
Satz has been blasted repeatedly in the past to do something about Broward’s endemic public corruption. He recently became a reborn corruption fighter and started locking up city commissioners, among others.
Mancini says he is publishing a book on South Florida public corruption to coincide with his campaign. I hope this campaign isn’t a glorified book tour, although I can’t imagine it is.
Discussing cyber crime, Mancini said internet crime such as indentify theft is exploding and Satz ignored the problem.
“It falls through the cracks now…I’m going to drag the State Attorney’s Office into the 22nd Century,” Mancini said.
Mancini’s interest in the race was first published by Jaablog, the courthouse website.
Too Many Candidates?
Mancini is not alone among thhose going after Satz. Attorney Jim Lewis is already challenging Satz. Attorney Kevin Kulik is considering a race, too, according to JAAblog.
All those candidates are a problem for the anti-Satz crowd. The more candidates who take on Satz, the better chance he will have in a general election. He starts the race with a big chunk of the vote just from his superior name ID.
All this action in the race is good for Broward County and the courthouse. Satz will have to get out of his office and campaign. He’ll have to explain to voters his vision for the future of the State Attorney’s Office. He’ll have to meet real people.
That’s a good thing…win or lose.