SDM likes Xavier Suarez as a politician – sometimes.
Mr. Suarez is a sitting county commissioner and former mayor of the City of Miami where he endeared himself to regular folks while earning the well-deserved moniker of “Mayor Loco” from city hall insiders.
You see, Surarez is one of those people whose intellect makes him formidable and eccentric, often concurrently.
Take the latest example. Mr. Suarez touted in the media a short three weeks ago that he intended to push for a referendum to cap county salaries at $162,000. The Miami Herald reported Suarez as saying that “high salaries are a concrete example of needed government reform… “It’s partly symbolic…somebody has to shake up the bureaucracy.”
SDM couldn’t agree more with the last statement though a cap on salaries wouldn’t accomplish a bureaucratic shake up at the county. It would only make hiring top end officials more difficult.
And why $162,000? What is the magic in that number? Well, Suarez’s logic is that no county official should make more than a state supreme court justice. Huh?
SDM understands that Mr. Suarez is looking to shock the conscience but outside of a tiny portion of the legal community, who really knows what a state supreme court justice even does?
But the clincher that makes Mr. Suarez unfit for the mayor’s job is his lack of forethought on this uncooked idea. At yesterday’s county commission meeting, Suarez essentially admitted he didn’t do enough homework to put a referendum on the ballot.
SDM listened carefully to Mr. Suarez explain how much he learned about the difficulty of passing a referendum and our only response was, well duh? The public has been bitching – fairly – for years that the referendum process is fixed and Mr. Suarez is just finding this out now?
SDM Says: Being mayor of this county is a serious job and it would be tragic to place our community’s well-being into the hands of a person who acts without thinking as Mr. Suarez is wont to do. We prefer Mr. Suarez to remain on the commission and to continue to be a pain in the bureaucrats’ backside…and, we prefer that he prepare himself so as not to look loco.