Skip to comments.Miami Dolphins Owner Recruits Puppet Candidates for State
Posted on 08/03/2013 9:34:02 AM PDT by george76
Stephen Ross, the billionaire owner of the Miami Dolphins, is recruiting tax-and-spend puppet candidates to challenge fiscally conservative Florida Republican state legislators in the 2014 Republican primaries. The New York real estate investors actions are the latest in his campaign of personal destruction against fiscal conservatives who voted against massive taxpayer subsidies for Ross Sun Life Stadium.
Ross, a real estate investor from Michigan who now lives in New York, owns 95 percent of the Miami Dolphins and Sun Life Stadium. Ross sought funding this year from Florida state and local taxpayers to cover much of the expenses for $350 million in upgrades he desired for Sun Life Stadium. After the Florida legislature rejected his demands for public funding of his privately owned stadium, Ross turned his fury on Republican lawmakers who voted against the subsidies. Ross directed particular wrath against Miami-based state legislators Michael Bileca and Carlos Trujillo.
Ross appears to be taking a daring risk by recruiting puppet political candidates and so venomously attacking local elected officials for refusing to give him money. Taxpayer subsidies for sports stadiums are notoriously unpopular in Florida and nationally. By making the Miami Dolphins a political football in the battle over handing over taxpayer subsidies to absentee owners of sports franchises, Ross risks turning local residents against the Dolphins just as Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria turned local residents against his baseball team after fleecing millions of tax dollars from local residents.
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A lot of creativity in this piece. He “demanded” the taxpayers pay for the renovations? Really? I must’ve missed that.
This is one that actually should have passed. Now Miami can kiss future Superbowl’s good bye.
Ross, a real estate investor from Michigan who now lives in New York, owns 95 percent of the Miami Dolphins and Sun Life Stadium.... sought [taxpayer] funding... to cover much of the expenses for $350 million in upgrades he desired for Sun Life Stadium. After the Florida legislature rejected his demands for public funding of his privately owned stadium, Ross turned his fury on Republican lawmakers who voted against the subsidies. Ross directed particular wrath against Miami-based state legislators Michael Bileca and Carlos Trujillo.
support his “enemies”:
Ross asked for the initiative to be voted on, he was promised that it would be brought up for a floor vote from the to Republican leader, himself.. He said he was lied to since they closed the session without bringing it to the floor.
Also, he was putting up 70% of his own money for the cost of the new stadium, asking only for 30% being subsidized from the tax payer
He said after this happened to him, he would make sure that he did every thing he could to get those who lied to him thrown out of office. He's making good on his promise.
Yep, the billionaire did not get his way by having the taxpayers of Florida fund his new stadium...so now he is trying to BUY the legislature.
I hope he wastes his money.
Florida, let’s not let this crybaby billionaire have his way. The taxpayers of Miami-Dade were already snookered into buying the Marlins a stadium. Let’s not let it happen again.
Welfare is wrong, if it is given to the lazy who refuse to work AND it is wrong if it given to billionaires who expect the state to fund their interests, too.
0% should be subsidized by the taxpayer.
He wants a stadium, he ought to pay for it. He isn’t gonna be sending dividend checks to the taxpayers.
If I still lived in Miami, I'd be crying myself to sleep about that. Not.
About 29.9999999998 percent too much IMO.........
Boycott the NFL
He’s bankrolling Gov Rick Scott in his re-election campaign...Scott will need lots of help after caving into the Black KKK and trying to lynch George Zimmerman
No more welfare for pro sports teams. Learn to deal with the free market
Say what you want, 3 superbowls in say 13 years is hundreds of millions of dollars into the local economy. Hard to deny.
Exactly 0% should be subsidized by the tax payer.
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I haven’t seen that...Scott has plenty of his own money, and I haven’t seen Scott and Ross together. Are you certain?
I live in Forida too ............................................................................... FRegards
I like Scott,met the guy, I’m a real fan.
If the guy is putting up 70% and asking for 30% nothing unfair about that, IMHO.