BY BUDDY NEVINS
Petty annoyances: (1) Being unable to reach a real person when calling a company, (2) intrusive body searches by TSA agents at the airport, (3) over-priced beer at basketball games and (4) self-important politicians who arrogantly brush off their constituents.
Pembroke Pines Commissioner Angelo Castillo fits in the later category, according to two sources contacted by Browardbeat.com.
Angelo Castillo: Rude to residents?
One is a mother who had run-in with him at a charter school meeting this week. Another is an educator who claims to have witnessed him interacting with several members of the audience.
The mother says Castillo rudely dismissed her when she questioned his stand on an issue. When she gently reprimanded him for his tone, Castillo reportedly snapped:
“I can speak to you any way I want.”
Both Browardbeat.com sources told me that the commissioner’s conduct at the meeting “beyond rude.”
Both requested their names be withheld.
This isn’t the first time I’ve heard of arrogant behavior by Castillo. I was told about it when he was the human services boss at the county government a decade ago.
I don’t know for sure if this story is true. I wasn’t there and can only write what I was told by sources I contacted after being tipped to Castillo conduct.
But I have a sixth sense for these kinds of stories after years in journalism and these informants have the ring of truth, especially since I called them. They appeared to have no idea why I was calling them or were very, very good actors.
Let me say this to any pompous pols that infest our politics: People are judged not by their titles, but by their conduct.
People have a very low view politicians.
And now you know why.