Regarding the recent District 6 Palm Beach County Commission race, I am in a state of shock regarding the actions of the western communities’ voters. Their betrayal of Michelle Santamaria is disgusting, to say the very least.
The race should have been a walk in the park for Michelle with her proven track record, name recognition and her impeccable integrity. How could she have possibly lost?
She was expected to continue the work done by her dad’s eight years on the county commission fighting for us. Over 30,000 voters supported Jess, then you add the 18,000 Republicans who voted for John Carroll previously, plus another 10,000 independent voters.
John encouraged his supporters to vote for Michelle, and if half of the three above mentioned groups voted for Michelle, that would have given her an unassailable lead of 29,000 votes. This never happened, and the big question is why? Why was Michelle betrayed?
To vote along party lines as opposed to voting for the best candidate in the race is outrageous and absolutely ridiculous.
Shame on all the voters who did not vote.
Shame on all the hypocrites who were against the winner and refused to vote for Michelle.
Shame on all those who voted for Jess in the past two elections and not for his daughter Michelle.
When Michelle announced she was running for her dad’s seat, there was an overflow crowd (standing room only) at the original Mall of Wellington.
A number of other groups announced their support for Michelle. So where are those votes?
Developers and special interest groups must be dancing in the streets. Heaven help us all if they get rewarded for their high investment.
Elections in America, and Florida in particular, have hit an all-time low when racism and gutter politics come into play. I have said before, neither Rick Scott nor Charlie Crist deserve to hold such high office as governor of our great state. Minorities gravitated toward Charlie, and that not only alienated white Democrats not to vote for Charlie, but energized white Republicans to vote for Rick.
This ugly campaign should never be repeated, and it’s time for we, the people, to stand up and say “enough is enough.” Here in our own back yard, District 6 was no different. The dirty tricks make me want to puke.
Let’s take a look back at the referendum in Scotland where supporters from both sides stood side by side, shoulder to shoulder, and not a grievous word was spoken.
I wonder if I or my grandchildren in our lifetime will ever witness such decorum in an election in the western communities.
The deceptions and deliberate false statements left a bad taste in my mouth. Kudos to Michelle Santamaraia for being so dignified and not lowering herself to that level of gutter politics.
Alma Sato, Wellington