Democratic Party Operative Says He Sees the Light

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By day, Ron Mills is a Democratic area leader and president of the Dolphins Democrats, an influential and active gay political club.

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Mills, left, with another Republican, Sheriff Al Lamberti, and fellow Democrat Michael Albetta, right.
By night, he quietly worked as Ron Mills, political operative man.

He runs a firm call Footprint Strategies that carries out those often-annoying political "robo-call" campaigns. He also does promotional phone work for the insurance industry.

It's no surprise that a Democratic Party official in Broward County would profit on his position -- the ethically bankrupt party leaders, beginning with the likes of lobbyist Mitch Ceasar and cash-stuffer Diane Glasser, have for years pimped out their positions for lucre. Jack Shifrel and Barry Harris have refined the practice into a kind of black art. 

In this last election, however, he got himself into a little trouble by apparently violating two separate loyalty oaths, one with the Democratic Executive Committee and another with the Dolphins.

In both oaths, he swore to support only Democrats.

But Mills worked for a Republican last month when he received $2,000 from the GOP member's campaign account for robo-calls. Inside, see who it was he supported and how he says it has since changed his life.   

Mills went to work for Oakland Park candidate Shari McCartney, who won a seat on the commission. McCartney is a registered Republican.

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Mills with Dave Aronberg, center.
While Mills points out that the Oakland Park race was nonpartisan, he acknowledges that the state Democratic Party determined that the only true nonpartisan contests are judicial races.

So he violated his oath.

"I understand that, and it's not going to happen again," Mills told me today. "[Shari McCartney] is an out lesbian who has pretty much the same philosophy as I do, but she is a Republican." 

Mills isn't totally contrite. He says the story about his McCartney work is being pushed by a competitor in the political game (I learned of it from an anonymous packet sent to my home), and he says that after 15 years in local politics, he's well-qualified to work on campaigns.

But he says he had a talk with his political role model, Dean Trantalis, who was the first openly gay Fort Lauderdale commissioner, and he decided that he was going to cut out all work for political candidates -- Democrat, Republican, or otherwise.

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"Dean Trantilis suggested that I need to decide which one I'm going to do, either be a party official or an operative," Mills said. "He said that even if I wasn't doing anything wrong, it creates a perception that something is wrong. He said that whether I would make a good political operative or not, I had to choose one or the other. And Dean is one of my mentors, so I listen to him. I'm still going to do robo-calls for Democratic clubs and commercial concerns, but that is it."

I asked him if he would support outlawing the practice of elected Democratic officials.

"Well, they are really often the most qualified to do the job...," he began.

I told him that it sounded like he was backtracking and that I was beginning to think everything he'd said was just lip service to end the talk of his Democratic minibetrayal. Besides, how could we know for sure he wasn't getting any money from campaigns when he could have third parties, like campaign managers, pay him outside the public eye?

"When it comes to elected leaders, DEC management, they should not work for any campaigns," he clarified. "I will support a bylaw to do that."


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City Activist Robert Walsh
City Activist Robert Walsh

One would ask Mr.Mills since he is so involved with the Dolphin Democrats is where is the 25 grand that they are missing from their organization??? I know they have an internal investigation in progress. Sure.....

Kellymac
Kellymac

This article only skims the surface. There is much more for a good investigative reporter to dig up about Ron Mills and Michael Abetta, including how funds from the Dolphin Democrats was used by them to promote their contacts for their consulting business. Michael Albetta took the same oaths about only supporting Democrat candidates and yet has supported Republican Lamberti in many open and secret ways in exchange for the Sheriff to buy all the county police cars from Michael at AutoNation. Someone should ask AutoNation how they like having an employee plays such shady games in their name? Is this what they want to know for?

KARBOW
KARBOW

YOU NEED TO DO A UPDATE ON MIRIUM OLIPHANT. SHE JUST WON'T GO AWAY! WE ALL KNOW HER BOYFRIEND, ALCEE HASTINGS, GOT HER THE PLUM $76000. JOB, WHILE OTHER QUALIFIED TEACHERS ARE BAGGING GROCERIES.

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unowho
unowho

Hey Pulpsters Im alive and well thanks for your concern busy with my homicide investigation and some personal things...keep the pressure on the corrupt pols LE etc.Take care eh!!!

Jack Carlo
Jack Carlo

Ha! The picture on top was taken at a Pride Center (LBGT) event at Embassy Suites on 17th Street Causeway!!!!! Hey Mills....gotcha!

For_Real_Dawg
For_Real_Dawg

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Sexy wilton manors blonde
Sexy wilton manors blonde

Bummer, when I saw it was an article about Ron Mills "seeing the light", I thought it was going to be a story about him coming back to heterosexuality. I guess not.

But a girl can dream, can't she?

Protract Agita
Protract Agita

Patti Lynn,

What do you think of Ron "Campaign Advisor Incompetente!!" Mills? Didn't he "F" up Larry's Campaign?

Patti Lynn
Patti Lynn

Well, it would be nice if that bylaw was passed. Some of the "Management Team" of the DEC are using their positions to enhance themselves, not the Party, nor the candidates. Interesting that the DEC has deemed only judicial races to be non-partisan. It seems as if I remember, just a couple of years ago, the DEC throwing out a member who held a campaign fundraiser for a Parkland candidate. I suppose that that candidate was a Republican...but...if it's non-partisan????? And, it seems as if I remember being called in front of the "grievance Board" or whatever they are, when I compared the qualifications of Dr. Halpern vs Stacy Ritter. I wasn't thrown out, but, I was told that I shouldn't do that again! (Did I listen????)Having a Party leader walk into any civic meeting at a condo next to any candidate, tells those condo residents that THIS is the candidate that the Democratic Party supports, (Diane Glasser/Patte Atkins-Grad). The condos not only got the message, they got a crooked elected official...oops, sorry, ALLEGED crooked elected official.

So, Ron, I'd like to see the bylaws change to forbid any member of the Management Team from receiving ANY type of compensation, (be it direct, through a family member, or 527 money), from any candidate for any elected office. Then I would add, No Management Team member may lobby for any entity in South Florida, (which I would define as Palm Beach, Broward, Dade & Monroe).

It's a start.

A Chaz Fan
A Chaz Fan

Deerfield Beach – Flush off her victory in last week’s City Commission election, Sylvia Poitier is aiming to take on her No. 1 nemesis – blogger and activist Chaz Stevens – if only she could get someone to foot the legal bills for suing him.

Staff writer Larry Barszewski reports:

Poitier sought the advice of City Attorney Andy Maurodis at Tuesday’s commission meeting on whether setting up a legal defense fund to raise money for her to pursue a defamation of character suit against Stevens would run afoul of any legal or ethical rules.

“ I don’t have money to waste ,” Poitier said. “If I go out and get an attorney, you know it’s not going to be cheap.”

Maurodis told Poitier the advice she wanted would have to come from a private attorney and fell out of his purview as city attorney.

Poitier is upset about frequently being the topic of entries on Steven’s blog [myactsofsedition.com], with its references to her purported imminent arrest on corruption charges and accusations that she has benefitted illegally as commissioner. Stevens has filed numerous complaints against Poitier with the city, the Broward County State Attorney’s Office and the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.

“Either he’s going to have to call for a showdown or I’m going to have to file a lawsuit,” Poitier told commissioners at the meeting.

“Either one is fine dearie,” Stevens responded via a blog entry entitled Thrilla In Manila. “You pick the time and place. I’ll bring the press. You bring the lies. I’ll bring the data.”

When contacted, Stevens said he’d even be willing to pitch in.

“I’m contributing the first $250 to Sylvia’s legal defense fund so she can sue me,” Stevens said. “We look to make a circus out of this in court.”

http://weblogs.sun-sentinel.co...

Protracted Agada
Protracted Agada

He fucked up Larry Gierer's campaign! Larry was a great ex commissioner with a great track record, and this jerk of a purported campaign operative made it a Gay Agenda race and totally sunk Larry's chances! He is an incompetent.

City Activist Robert walsh
City Activist Robert walsh

One should ask him since he is Pres. of the Dolphin Democtrats who are missing 25grand from their books,where is the money? So he'll & others will tell you they are investigating the matter by having a hand-picked board(which are members) doing the investigation. If this is a 501c or whatever and are getting tax monies or reliefs etc, could be a criminal charge. Go ahead since you broke the story a few weeks ago Bob ask? I mean 25thousand dollars missing, and its business as usual.

dr_augusta
dr_augusta

I am sure he is out visiting Torts 102 in NYC along with Cetecean 1,MM3, Leticia, CheeseFries, larryboy,Dead Norm, Dime, Socal Gal, Lady Justice, Judge Sirica, Rollo Tomassi and the herb caen entertainment award. Or else watching geriatric gay porn. One or the other.

Patti Lynn
Patti Lynn

You don't think that HE got arrested today, do you?????

Guest
Guest

Christy...I was wndering the same thing. He was suchanaid contributor and for the past few daysnothing. I hope all is well. Agree or disagree it's clear to seehe has an innocent good heart. Again, I hope all is well.

Patti Lynn
Patti Lynn

I dd support Larry. However, I don't know why he lost, (other than the obvious, people voted for John). I'm the wrong one to be asking about who screwed up a campaign...I ran twice and lost, (to a crook, oops, sorry, an alleged crook).

I also like Ron Mills, Michael Albetta, and John Adornato. I also know Wally & Amy, who evidently ran John's campaign, and supported Amy in her run for office. Well Agita, (spelling it the Sicilian way), I don't know who, if anyone, messed up Larry's campaign.

As an aside, I have been one of the loudest people talking about how Mitch Ceasar screwed up the 2010 campaign, which is why we are stuck with Rick Scott & crew. But, I have to believe that VOTERS should have been paying attention, that there are so many damned ways to vote, that our low turnout percentages indicates something else...but I don't know what.I think that I will be supporting universal VOTE BY MAIL. The State of Oregon does it, turnout is above 90%, and "voter fraud" is not remarkable, almost non-existent.

Sorry, Agita, I can't point the finger of blame at Ron.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Tim Ross is pushing bylaws reform too:

http://www.browardbeat.com/dem...

Democratic Official Cashes In On Political WorkBY BUDDY NEVINS

A Democratic Party official and her husband asked a judicial candidate last year for $1,000 to escort him through churches, give him “access” to the black community and send out an e-mail blast to 2,500 voters.

Robert Lynch and Ruth Lynch, who is the First Vice Chair of the Broward Democratic Party, also asked for $125 to post a campaign flyer on 17 bulletin boards in a Lauderhill condo complex.

What’s that cost? Seventeen thumb tacks?

The Lynch’s got turned down by this candidate. But they got plenty of work from other judicial candidates.

The Lynch’s do consulting through their company, R & R Business Solutions & Development in Lauderhill. The company’s Chief Executive Office is Ruth Lynch and the Vice President is Robert Lynch.

Is this one more example of party officials using their position to cash in? [...]

Comments [...]

23.Tim Ross says:

March 15th, 2011 at 12:09 pm “But Buddy” makes some very good points. We need real activists to get involved with the Broward Democratic Party. Unfortunately we had a lot of place holders put in as precinct committee people to vote for or against Mitch in 2008 that have done absolutely nothing for the Broward Democratic Party in the last couple years. I have requested that the screening committee and the chair (Mitch Ceasar) review the attendance records and contact any precinct committee person who has NEVER attended a meeting to require them to attend a meeting or be removed from the committee. The bylaws allow for removal after three unexcused absences. That may be a bit draconian because some workers may miss more meetings but actually be doing things to get Democrats elected. That is why we should first look to remove people who have never attended first, then move to those who never attended all of 2010. In many cases there are folks who want to work who cannot be a precinct committee person because the seat is filled by someone who does nothing. They can still be appointed at large but they are limited in what they can do, and only ten percent of our precinct committee people can be at large members. Our bylaws require several committees, which have mostly been non functional. Ken Evans and other leadership have requested that Mitch push the committees to do their jobs. We need the bylaws committee to review our bylaws and put in force ethics reforms that disallow financial conflicts of interest for our leadership from the chair down to the area leaders. We also need to enforce the rules once they are put in place. The key is getting people who want to make a difference involved, and then allowing them to make the difference. To the end of getting our grassroots in the Broward Democratic Party active, I am running for Second Vice Chair in 2012. Our bylaws state that the Second Vice Chairs’ responsibility is to coordinate the area leaders to get out the vote. In the meantime, I am working with Democratic Club Presidents countywide to reach out to supervoters in their area to get them involved in our 37 Democratic clubs in Broward County. Then from those supervoters we identify as activists, we will recruit precinct committeepeople to be appointed to the (hopefully) open precinct committee positions to work the 2012 election. At some point in the process we will reach the point at which we can tip the Apple cart and make the necessary ethical reforms. I pledge to the Broward Democratic Party that I will personally not work candidates or campaigns for pay, and call on all of the members of the Broward Democratic Party Management Committee to make the same pledge.

Tim RossRecording Secretary, Broward Democratic Party, Director, Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus.

Parkland man
Parkland man

Chad dont have 250.00 dollars he lives with his mother,if he comes up with 250.00 dollars i will give sylvia 25,000 to go after that jerkoff,and bring her a bank check tomarrow,now i hate lawyers thats a fact,but thats enough of that shit bird stevens,he will never be a pulp so he should stop trying,sylvia is a nice women and takes care of her people and is doing a good job,go get em sylvia im in.parkland man

Ron
Ron

Protracted Agenda:Be a man stop hiding behind a anonymous bull S%$ name, Coward!Ron

Patti Lynn
Patti Lynn

And WHY do I have to type in my e-mail and name every time that I post????

Protracted Agita
Protracted Agita

To Patti Lynn:

Thank you for your input. Amy and Wally run circles around Ron Disaster Mills and Michael Looney Albetta. I know all of them. In Oakland Park, there is no way Larry should habe gotten DESTROYED the way he did. Losing is one thing, but my god, it ws a devastating WIPe Out. Amy and Wally are good, and Amy is getting better all the time. Ron and Michael should RETIRE AND LIKE YESTERDAY, GET OUT OF THE BUSINESS AND STOP STEALING PEOPLE'S HARD EARNED CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS. THEY ARE 1000 PERCENT INCOMPETENT AND NEED TO STEP UP AND TAKE BLAME!!!!! you may like them Patti, but they are horrible and if you re run again, PLEASE DON'T USE THEM! Use Wally and Amy or anybody else, for your own good.

Goldilocks
Goldilocks

And I have contended that Ceasar is the reason we lost the White House in 2000 for much of the same reason(s). Largely, he devotes time to the campaign to keep himself in office, at the expense of the political races, candidates and scope of work he vowed to take on as Chair. (Not that he is qualified to serve as chair; can't manage his way out of a paper bag.) Spending more time stifling, rather than organizing, an electoral machine in Broward cost us the White House in 2000, and more since then.

Patti Lynn
Patti Lynn

That should say that I supported Amy in her run for office.

Jones j. Jones
Jones j. Jones

You seem a bit slow. Is there someone else we can talk to?

Goldilocks
Goldilocks

Because you need to register, Patti. Then your information will be in the Disqis system and you need not re-input each time.

parkland man
parkland man

Sure give your mother a call,she will talk to you even if your an asshole

Linda
Linda

That's an under statement! Parkland man is an ignorant illiterate SLUG!

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