An Opinion By Jan Bergemann 
President, Cyber Citizens For Justice, Inc. 

Published January 6, 2010


This is the story of the three Diaz De La Portilla brothers, who play the power, politics and money game in South Florida. And since they have been proven to be pretty ineffective in serving their constituents, they surely have learned how to play TAG team in order to subdue any opponent who may dare to challenge their political family empire.


And just in case their political ambitions fail one day, they might consider changing their careers to the World Wrestling Federation. They may not have the athletic abilities, but they surely know how to play TAG.


This statement, released by Renier Diaz de la Portilla after an INTERVIEW BY JIM DEFEDE he obviously disliked because of the facts brought up during this interview, tells the whole attitude of the Diaz De La Portilla brothers:

"Jim Defede's story is a baseless political hatchet job. My office followed School District procedures and, in this case, took the extraordinary step of seeking a legal opinion from the School Board Attorney, Luis Garcia, before mailing the education survey. In a democracy, elected officials seek input from those they represent. The surveys are commonplace among elected officials at all levels of government. I made myself available to CBS4 and provided them with all the facts. It is sad when CBS4 allows itself to be used by a demagogue like State Rep. Julio Robaina. I will continue in my efforts serve the public in the manner for which I have always been known, with integrity and honesty. I will take appropriate legal action against all those who libel and slander me."

I always wonder if these elected officials have no better arguments than threats of slander and libel lawsuits. As much as I understand that they don't like getting caught with their hands in the cookie jar, some real explanations would surely help a lot more than empty threats. Even in the courts of sue-happy America, FACTS are not considered libel and slander.


And last I heard, name-calling is not a valid defense against accusations of wrong-doing!


Oh, by the way, as the saying goes: "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen!"


These are the members of the DIAZ DE LA PORTILLA TAG TEAM:

  • Alex Diaz de la Portilla, a state senator elected to the Florida Senate on January 25, 2000 who most likely features these two "highlights" in his resume as state senator:

      Helping Senate President Jeff Atwater to oust his fellow Miami Senator Alex Villalobos in a "well-organized conspiracy." His "service" to Senator Atwater earned him the post of Senate Majority (Republican) Leader, a position that allows him to block bills from certain legislators, allowing his brothers to call these legislators, whose bills he blocked, "ineffective."

      His first place ranking by AIF (Associated Industries of Florida) as the top scorer of their Voting Records Report in 2009. According to Barney Bishop III, President and CEO of AIF, Senate Majority Leader Alex Diaz de la Portilla (R-Miami) topped the Senate with 89 percent of votes in favor of pro-business legislation. Definitely a dubious honor from the view of his constituents who elected him to represent their interests.

  • Renier Diaz de la Portilla, a Miami-Dade School Board member who calls himself a "watchdog."

      He is obviously a watchdog with a bad memory and impaired eyesight, according to his own statements made in the above quoted interview, responding to pointed questions that he "had no idea" and "was not aware" of important issues.

      You wonder where the money is going that is supposed to be used for your kids' education? Just read about a mailer sent out by school board member Renier Diaz de la Portilla, using this money, earmarked for education: "Political flap, probe over Renier Diaz de la Portilla mailer".

  • Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, candidate for Senate District 36 and past lobbyist for the law firm of Becker & Poliakoff.

      He quickly turned "lobbyist" in 2008 when his brother Alex became Senate Majority Leader. Since his brother has to leave the senate due to term-limits, Miguel seems to be the chosen brother to keep money, political influence and power in the family.

      So far, it seems that his political achievements are limited to collecting campaign funds from special interests and getting dubious help from his brothers who seem to be using -- according to the reports -- their political power and taxpayers' money to give him an allegedly illegal advantage over his opponent. I nearly forgot: PLEASE ADD NAME-CALLING to his important achievements!

I just hope Miami's voters realize the game that is being played here to their detriment and will end this game of political shenanigans latest in November. We need elected officials who are willing to work in the interest of their constituents, not elected officials with personal agendas bought and paid for by special interest. 2009 was a year we Floridians saw a lot of political corruption and quite a few arrests -- from Tallahassee down South to Broward County and Miami. We really don't need more of it.


It's up to us -- the voters here in Florida -- to finally put an end to it, and to give the boot in November to professional politicians working into their own pockets.


If Florida's voters finally wake up, the DIAZ DE LA PORTILLA brothers may need to find a new source for power and riches -- or may really need to turn for employment to the WWF as a TAG team, the game they are already playing perfectly as politicians.

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