Protesters urge Daisy Baez to resign; GOP head says ‘refund’

Protesters urge Daisy Baez to resign; GOP head says ‘refund’
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Holding up signs that said “Liar, liar” and “Resign now” in both English and Spanish, a group of Republicans protested in front of Democrat State Rep. Daisy Baez‘s Coral Gables home Monday morning — the one that sits outside the district she was elected in — and demanded she resign from office.

Baez lives in House District 112 instead of 114 where she was elected. She admitted to Ladra on Saturday that she was sleeping at her old house in Malaga Avenue and would not tell me if she had slept even one night at the apartment on Anderson Road, where she changed her voter’s registration to a week before the election.

That’s ticked some Republicans off. Like Mauricio Pons, an FIU student who worked on the campaign for John Couriel, who lost to Baez in a very close race last November (51 to 49 percent).

“There are only two things required of our state representatives. One is that they live in the district. The other is that they vote on the budget. That’s it. She failed at both,” Pons said, noting that Baez missed the May 8 vote on the state budget, the one vote the legislature must make.

“She doesn’t live in the district. What more proof do you need as proof than her leaving her house in her blue Mercedes at 8:30 a.m.,” said Pons, 20, who happens to live in 112.

Baez definitely is required to live in the district she represents. She does not. She only Saturday put an offer on a property in District 114, she said. Only now do we see the “For Rent” sign that was leaning against a wall in her porch on Saturday, on the front lawn.

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And while she isn’t really required as an individual member to vote on the budget, passing the budget is literally the only thing the legislature is required to do. And she did skip that part. Records show she neither voted yay nor nay on that. Baez told Ladra via text message that she “had permission from the speaker to return to Miami to be with my mother, who was hospitalized.” She didn’t want to be out that day because she also wanted to vote against the controversial education bill, she said.

Ladra has already said that Baez should resign just on the residency thing. She basically lied to voters when she said she represented District 114 as a voter and elector, as required. She also lied on her voter’s registration form, which is a third degree felony and she could be charged with a crime.

Miami-Dade Republian Party Chairman Nelson Diaz said Baez “failed us as a state representative” and should pay another way — by refunding her salary of about $85 a day.

“She owes us $15,000.”


7 Responses to "Protesters urge Daisy Baez to resign; GOP head says ‘refund’"

  1. Juno   May 22, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    Damn, Nelson Diaz. I like the way he thinks. How much does Artiles owe us? He failed us as a human being.

    • Alma Marlas Bolas   May 23, 2017 at 10:36 am

      Dam Juno. To error is human. To knowingly break the law and lie about is fucked up.

  2. Michael Gorsetman   May 23, 2017 at 7:02 am

    Daisy MUST go right now!!!

  3. Sharon McCain   May 23, 2017 at 7:27 am

    Typical Dade crooked politics, why would this surprise anyone?

  4. No Fan   May 23, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    I think Joe Centrino should investigate immediately followed by a written report declaring that since her mother was sick, she didn’t mean to lie and the dog ate her homework there’s no ethical violation. Cased closed.

    BTW Joe has no jurisdiction in a state matter but it doesn’t matter since nobody takes him seriously anyway.

  5. Juno   May 24, 2017 at 12:30 am

    Alma, Artiles and pals spent other people’s money on Hooters waitresses and living the high roller lifestyle… Then they used public monies to pay the girls a salary as a government employee. They should at least refund for the money spent on the salaries of their girlfriends…

    No fan, anyone can file a complaint with the COE whether it is founded or not… go have at it…

    The people in power take him seriously enough to keep him running the COE because he works hard at keeping them in power… He is constantly cleaning up after them… It’s quite an important job…

    If only we had someone to keep the politicians honest…

  6. Alex J Diaz-Granados   July 12, 2017 at 9:35 am

    I am so glad I don’t live in South Florida anymore.


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