Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Politicians Behaving Badly: Cooper City Commissioner Bart Roper
Imagine, if you will, you are an elected city commissioner. Within the past month, a scandal has erupted concerning allegations of you and your fellow commissioners meeting for dinners, just prior to commission meetings, at which the commissioners order as many as twenty (20) alcoholic drinks during a 45-minute period, bill their dinners and drinks to the taxpayers, and perhaps, in violation of the state's open meetings law, discuss matters that may foreseeably come before the commission. Your state's governor has recently ordered a law enforcement investigation into these troubling allegations.
What do you do? Well, if you're Cooper City Commissioner Bart Roper, one of the things you do is you go out and get so inebriated from drinking mass quantities of alcohol that, according to the police report, you pass out behind the wheel of your truck in the middle of a turn lane on a busy public roadway, and when police officers and paramedics come to see if you're alright, you wake up and give them the finger. After the police officers smell you reeking of alcohol and hear you slurring your speech, you admit "you had a few drinks in Cooper City," you are repeatedly unable to produce your driver's license, which was found by the police in your front pocket, you stumble and fall into the police officer, you fail roadside sobriety tests, and you refuse to take a breathalyzer test. After you are arrested on charges of Driving Under the Influence (DUI), and you bond out of jail the next morning, you look at the throng of local reporters and the television cameras, and you give them the finger as you are driven away.
Mr. Roper, you are a class act! I'm sure your eight (8) grandchildren: Crystal, Dustin, Christopher, Katie Lyn, Cody, Meaghan, Samantha, and Emily Grace are very proud of you. What a wonderful role model you are for them!
As a resident of Cooper City, I would like to thank you for preserving jobs for bartenders and servers by patronizing drinking establishments in Cooper City. After all, if you had gotten drunk in Davie or Pembroke Pines, that would really have added insult to injury.
In addition, I would like to praise you for the excellent judgment you showed, especially during the pendency of a law enforcement investigation into the current scandal involving City Commissioners' drinking alcohol before Commission meetings, in going out and getting all liquored up and driving while intoxicated. Among other things, this shows you get drunk on nights when there is no Commission meeting, instead of only on nights when there is a Commission meeting. So you can't blame the City's taxpayers for buying you all those drinks and making you into a boozehound. In my opinion, any doubts as to the source of your dull, glassy-eyed stare from the commission dais, as shown in the CBS4 reports, have now been resolved.
Perhaps you will find a way to blame your drunken carousing on those pesky citizen-activists, just like Mayor Eisinger blamed them for exposing your taxpayer-funded pre-commission meeting soirees. It is likely you will look to blame anyone other than yourself for your conduct.
Thank you, again, Mr. Roper, for being such a credit to Cooper City.
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Monday, December 3, 2007
From Ed Wooley, Candidate for Mayor of Cooper City
You may be interested to know that I was approached on Columbus Day by Ms. Eisinger with the thought that she hoped that I could be won over to supporting her. She thought that I did not have enough experience to be mayor now, but that a few years on a city committee, like Planning and Zoning, would prepare me. Since she would be term limited after another term, perhaps I might have a better shot then. On very good advice I made "notes to the file".I thanked her for her concern and told her that I was ready to be the better mayor now. Earlier, I had been approached with a similar story by Mr. Curran. So, now we have reports that Ms. Dodge, myself and Mr. Kleiman have had similar or related gambits made by the Eisinger camp to get us out of the race. One wonders who is left and for what reason.
Candidate for Mayor of Cooper City
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Cooper City: Eisinger's Plea to Kleiman....Drop Out Of Race!
From Cooper City Commissioner Elliot Kleiman
I just read your recent blog. If you want the truth you can contact me directly as can anyone else either at City Hall or via email.
There is absolutely no connection between Debbi Eisinger and me. Her husband called me last week and asked me to drop out of my race. I would call that opposition not connection.
As far as the Family Circle Magazine is concerned, I have attributed that to the efforts of the good citizens of Cooper City and to this and previous City Commissions in the articles I write and I sign my name.
By the way My name is spelled Elliot Kleiman
For those of you who would like to contact Mr. Kleiman, his email is: Commissioner_Kleiman@CooperCityFL.org
AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST........
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Cooper City: Look Who's Calling the Kettle Black!
How interesting! After reading this letter we think many of you would agree with us when we say that Mayor Eisinger should take her own advice! Yes, obviously she must not be aware of how to run a 'clean campaign' if she was involved in asking others not to support you, Mrs. Dodge! So how ironic is it that she should be giving advice to you, her competition? Yes, our residents are tired of smear tactics and dirty politics which were so apparent in the last election. Let's hope some people have realized these tactics don't pay! Thank you for your promise of honesty, integrity and dignity! Cooper City is need of this type of leadership and for this we are confident you will succeed!
From: Lisa Conlon Dodge
Sent: Wednesday, October 24, 2007 9:50 PM
To: Mayor Eisinger
It was a pleasure speaking to you last week. I appreciate you wanting to keep me informed on how to run a clean campaign. I agree, a clean campaign would be beneficial to all.
Please keep this in mind when your campaign consultant tries to bring my husband into the mix, asking him to try to talk me out of running. I'd also appreciate keeping it clean when it comes to asking for financial support -- telling mutual friends/businessess not to support my campaign is bad form.
I can only hope that any future campaign tactics do not involve smear literature, falsehoods and inappropriate communications. I look forward to answering any questions you may have for me during a political debate. I stand by my original decision -- I will run this campaign with integrity, honesty and dignity, as the citizens of Cooper City would expect.
Lisa Conlon Dodge,
Candidate for Cooper City Mayor