Michael Pizzi, you’re doing it wrong!

pole dancingI confess I haven’t kept up with the criminal trial of Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi.  As far as I’m concerned, he’s just another dirty politician in a long line of dirty politicians that South Florida has become famous for breeding.  For some reason, though, an article in yesterday’s Miami Herald, Convicted lobbyist becomes star witness in Miami Lakes mayor’s bribery trial, got my attention.

Maybe it had something to do with the words “lobbyist” and “bribery” being used in the same headline.

Or maybe I was just bored.

Whichever it was, I was intrigued enough to read the entire article.

What I found both interesting and infuriating at the same time was that, unlike some of other indicted public officials in South Florida, Pizzi went from getting handcuffed to standing trial in less than a year after his arrest.

Even more perplexing is the fact that he’s on trial for allegedly “accepting $6,750 in illegal checks and cash from two undercover FBI agents” who “lured him into officially supporting sham federal grant applications.”  His arrest was made possible by the assistance of “likeable lobbyist” Richard Candia, who first helped Pizzi get elected, then turned around and helped the FBI to arrest his client.  Of course, Candia “offered” his “assistance” after he inadvertently first got himself arrested for taking bribes as the “unwitting target” of the FBI’s sting operation.

I realize that taking any amount of money in “illegal checks and cash” is wrong.  If Michael Pizzi did what his accusers claim, he should absolutely be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.  If found guilty, he should receive whatever sentence is handed down as a consequence for his actions.

But I had to read the article twice to see if there was more money involved than the $6,750.00 he was accused of taking.  It does not appear so.

My first thought was “What a putz!”

If he’s eventually found guilty as charged, Pizzi actually risked his entire political career, not to mention his freedom, for less than the price of a very used car with very high mileage.


That just seems like such a pitiful amount of money compared to what the FBI sting operation, not to mention the trial, will end up costing by the time it’s all said and done.  Even as I’m happy to see that corruption is being taken seriously, this particular case hardly seems worth the price tag.

Still, you won’t hear me complaining.

Except when I compare Pizzi’s case to that of North Miami Beach EX-Mayor Myron Rosner.  Myron is currently standing trial on FELONY charges for allegedly receiving illegal compensation in his capacity as an elected official and 3rd degree grand theft, in addition to the misdemeanors of allegedly accepting illegal campaign contributions, issuing a check from his campaign account with insufficient funds to cover it, making illegal expenditures, and failing to report the illegal contributions and expenditures.

I don’t know the exact amount of money involved in all of Myron’s alleged crimes, but I’m sure it was way more than the $6,750.00 that Michael Pizzi got in trouble for accepting.

And another thing.

Michael Pizzi’s trial is currently underway even though he was arrested less than a year ago.

Myron’s perp walk, which almost didn’t happen, occurred on September 20, 2012.  That was nearly two years ago and his trial hasn’t even started yet!  Furthermore, if his criminal lawyer, Benedict P. Kuehne, has anything to do with it, Myron’s trial won’t begin for at least another year or more.

Then again…

  • Michael Pizzi isn’t married to CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE SARAH ZABEL.
  • Michael Pizzi didn’t hire Ben Kuehne to defend him.
  • Michael Pizzi isn’t being tried by Katherine Fernandez-Rundle’s State Attorneys Office.


Suspended Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi might be a putz, but at least he’s the perfect poster child for everything that aspiring dirty politicians in South Florida should not try at home.


Stephanie Kienzle
“Spreading the Wealth”


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  1. Serita Kelsey says:

    I just wanted you to know that I love your blog. You always tell it straight…no chaser. I live in Washington, DC and almost everything here comes out twisted. Thanks so much for your candidness.

    All the best,



  2. Jose Lopez says:

    Seems as though Kathy Rundle is stuck between a rock and a hard place. On the one hand, she will eventually have to try Rosner, even though the prosecutor who filed charges against him is gone off to the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the investigators who put the case together as you have stated in previous blogs have since retired. On the other hand opening up Rosner’s case will expose how Rosner utilized campaign manager Al Lorenzo in his campaign and how hard Kathy’s lap dog Jose Arrojo tried to conceal that fact from the media. The fact remains, Lorenzo utilized Haitian American absentee ballot collectors in the Rosner campaign and Cuban American absentee ballot collectors in Kathy’s reelection campaign. In the end, the only difference between Rosner and Rundle is he was arrested for his misdeeds while Rundle survived to tell us what a great pillar of this community she truly is! What kind of justice can the citizens of this county expect with these sort of rats steering the ship?


    1. Stephanie Kienzle says:

      You hit the nail on the head. It is widely assumed that Al Lorenzo is the man at the center of most, if not all, absentee ballot fraud in Miami-Dade County.

      He not only worked on Myron’s campaign, but he was also behind the re-election of Rundle. Sources have told me that her link to Lorenzo is the reason she tried to bury the evidence in the Deisy Cabrera case.

      Despite the evidence that the private investigator I hired uncovered and brought to her about Volney Nerette’s absentee ballot scheme, she refused to even open a file.

      Once investigators got too close to the truth, the public corruption unit had to go.

      The investigators in the Rosner case may have retired from public service, but I wouldn’t count them out just yet.

      Just saying, of course.


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