It’s Time To Recall Joe Carollo!

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Is Joe Carollo crazy… or crazy like a fox?
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Grant MIller

Time has not been kind to City of Miami Commissioner Joe Carollo. When he first got his start in local politics, those who spoke out against him were alleged to members of a secret Communist cabal working to overthrow local government and its greatest hero: Joe Carollo.

It was enough to get got him onto the City Commission and eventually into the Mayor’s office.  Carollo eventually left Miami politics and wound up as the City Manager of the City of Doral. Like a bad penny, he turned up back in Miami, winning election from District 3.

Since then he’s conducted a serious campaign of revenge against anyone who opposed him. He has stalked Ball & Chain, a Little Havana tavern, directing the City’s Code Enforcement department to bury the bar in flurry of tickets.  He was even reported to have shouted, “I am the law” to the pub’s valet parking attendant.

It was also alleged that he told his minions to lie to the Miami-Dade County Commission on Ethics and Public Trust about his run-ins with Ball & Chain. Carollo has even been accused of instructing code enforcement officers directly which businesses to to cite. All of those actions, in normal place, would have resulted in Carollo getting kicked from office, hitting him with massive fines and jailing him for a couple of months for each violation.

Miami, however, is not a normal place. In the last few years the State Attorney’s office has yet to see a corruption case that they are willing to prosecute and the Ethics Commission is less powerful than a middle school student council.

So, what can the citizens of the City of Miami do?

They can recall Joe Carollo.

Miami-Dade County has a recall provision in its Charter that allows the recall of officials without the need to say why. It was used to recall Mayor Carlos Alvarez.

Municipal officials, like Revoltin’ Joe, are covered by a Florida law.  Tucked into the State Election Code is the provision for recalling city commissioners.

The law first requires that those looking to recall officials set forth at least one of seven recognized reasons on the recall petition:  malfeasance; misfeasance; neglect of duty; drunkenness; incompetence; permanent inability to perform official duties; or conviction of a felony involving moral turpitude.  Carollo’s alleged instructions to his underlings to lie to the Ethics Commission would seem to qualify as malfeasance.

Carollo’s District 3 has, at last count, 31,596 registered voters.  As a first step, the Recall Committee would have to gather the signatures of five percent of the registered voters of District 3 in a 30-day period.  Those petitions are submitted to the City Clerk, who forwards them onto the Supervisor of Elections for verification.

If there are the number of required signatures, the Clerk would notify Carollo that he has 5 days to submit a defense, which will be included on a new petition with the old language prepared by the City Clerk.

The new petition is then circulated and must obtain 15 percent of the district’s registered voters, or 4,738 signatures within 60 days.  The Supervisor would have 30 days to determine whether there were enough valid signatures. If so, Carollo would be notified and would have five days to decide whether to resign or to take the matter to an election to be held between 30 and 60 days.  If the matter went to a recall election just in his district and Carollo was put out of office, a new election would be held within 30 to 60 days from the recall election.

As you can see, a recall is long and tedious. However, the benefit of it is that the reason given in the petition cannot be questioned for the truth of the matter, only if the described action falls within one of the seven categories.

Carollo, for instance, couldn’t sue to stop the recall because he claims that he did not try to induce his supporters to lie to the Ethics Commission or that he gave instructions to city code compliance officers to go after Joe’s enemies.  What Carollo, or more likely his coven of attorneys, will be limited to is arguing whether obstruction or interference with the City administration fits within the definition of misfeasance or malfeasance.

Theoretically, a petition could be put forth alleging that Joe’s erratic behavior was the result of his public drunkenness during meetings and while he was performing his public duties. Carollo couldn’t stop that petition.  His only recourse would be to submit a defense in 200 words or less and would be circulated with the second petition. Perhaps something along the lines of “I don’t drink that much.”

Carollo is more than embarrassment to the people of the City of Miami. He is a metastasizing tumor that needs to excised from office.  A recall committee needs to be formed to take on this responsibility.


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13 COMMENTS

  1. While I agree with the premise of the article you publish, and agree Carollo needs to be removed.
    I would suggest (just out of respect to the readers) to double-check spelling and grammar prior to publishing.
    Thank you

  2. I don’t know what’s going on with Carollo or his case but I do know that I lived in the apartments right behind Ball and chain for 9 years and I had to move because of all the noise and ruckus and commercial filming and everytime I asked to please put the noise down or called police my whole building and I were ignored! So.. ball and chain is not innocent and I don’t think it’s fair that I had to move and they get away with all they are doing! Point blank! I’ve made many complaints and instead they would send their staff to our neighborhood to bring toys for the kids or letters including a free entrance ticket, instead of acknowledging that we were all falta de sleep in that place and it was Monday through Sunday! I’m sure they are living the life with all the land they have taken over there and all the people they have taken out that have been there for years! Very sad!

  3. Our fellow statesmen are in the path of a natural disaster this weekend and you want to send to our inbox a political puff piece about your rival. These are the articles Grant, I’m telling you make Community Newspapers less and less relevant.

  4. I cant believe you people that keep voting for this piece of crap Joe Corollo.This guy has been a household name whenever you talk about slimy politicians all the way from the 1980ths i though he was dead.But like a cancer he keeps popping up in different cities with the same old game.This is a testament to how dumb voters are when it to voting people in office they know noting about.

  5. He is a wannabe dictator, serial self entitled life long politician who possesses all the characteristics that the founding fathers of this country abhorred.

  6. “Crazy Joe” Carollo has been a clown and embarrassment to South Florida politics since the early 80’s. Somehow, he gets elected again and again.

  7. So you talk about Joe Carollo? I want someone to unveil the magia behind the tolls and express lines that we are all submitted too without any agreement from the voters. 826 is a public expressways as it is I95.
    Traffic issues do not get better and we keep on paying more and more every day. Something MUST be done.

  8. Hey Casandra Salazar-
    Your entire story is made up. You never lived behind the Ball & Chain.
    You are really Joe Carollo.
    Nice try, everything you wrote was BS.

  9. You need clinical help Mr. Miller you are completely and utterly obsessed with Joe Carollo. Some would even say maybe enamored by him. You only write about him… There a million other issues to be a little bit more fixated. For example, maybe you could write about how to help the victims of the Bahamas. You are no journalist just a Perez Hilton wannabe with very poor grammar. Please move on and seek help.

  10. Ranting about an elected Official helps to expose people for who they really are. For instance: I thought for sure that all of those civil-looking little old ladies with apparent calm spirits were righteous, until all of them proved to be frustrated members of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Of course I’m speaking of the George Zimmerman Jury. I had no idea how wrong I was to afford those sweet looking “neighbors next door” the benefit of being classified as civilized human beings. They turned out to be rotten animals. Grant Miller, are YOU also a rotten animal?

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