Hey Ricky! Hey Lucie!

UninsplainableThe bombshell press release out of North Miami yesterday still has tongues wagging.  The question on everyone’s mind is “Why is Marie Steril stepping down?”  People who do know are not talking, and those who want to know are left with their own theories.

While only Marie knows the answer, it hasn’t stopped the gossip machine from cranking at full speed.  Speculation ranged from her troubles with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for creatively financing her mother’s home, to her being fined by the Ethics Commission for Mama Marie’s “free” upgrades, to the Internal Revenu Service audit of the city’s finances, which might  have uncovered some unauthorized expenses.

While some of those theories sound plausible, none of them made all that much sense to me.

For one thing, her housing woes, and the subsequent HUD fines imposed on North Miami, are yesterday’s headlines.


Why would a story over two years old only now force Marie to vacate her coveted seat on the dais?

It wouldn’t.

As for the Ethics Commission’s spanking, that was so four months ago.  For all intents and purposes, it’s a done deal.

Even if the IRS audit were to turn up any expenses that Marie should have claimed as income (trips to Haiti, perhaps?), she could easily solve that problem by filing amended tax returns and paying any penalties and interest due.  People don’t usually step down from public office for something as silly as unpaid taxes.

Just ask former Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner, who owed over $85,000.00 in back taxes when he was appointed.  He still got the job.

Professional Race-Baiter Al Sharpton owes a whopping $4.5 MILLION in unpaid taxes, and yet he’s still got his gig with MSNBC.

Believe me, nothing the IRS could possibly dig up on Marie would even come close to what those tax evading deadbeats owe!

As the evening wore on, other, more nefarious, theories began to emerge among faithful Marie-Watchers.

you got some splaininThe talk turned to North Miami’s most famous convicted felon, former Mayor Lucie Tondreau, currently in custody awaiting sentencing.  Some folks suggested that Lucie might be desperately scrambling to make a deal in order to reduce her prison time.  It’s common knowledge that there was no love lost between Lucie and Marie when they were colleagues on the dais.  In fact, Marie was probably pleased as punch when Lucie’s guilty verdict was handed down.  It sure is conceivable that if Lucie believes she has dirt on Marie, she’d throw it all out there hoping something would stick.

Another possibility to consider is that Ricardo Brutus, the nephew/campaign manager of former Mayor Andre Pierre, might have something to do with Marie’s decision.  Ricardo is presently working out a plea deal with the State Attorney’s Office on a felony charge of unlawful compensation and five felony charges “including two for practicing law without a license, two for grand theft third degree, and one for organized fraud under $20,000.00.”  According to the dockets, his original plea hearing was set for January 13, 2015, then reset for February 4, 2014, and then reset AGAIN for March 4, 2015.

Interestingly, after his arrest, the Miami New Times reported that “Brutus claimed Steril had rigged a $5 million bid to benefit a friend, a charge she denies.”  Apparently, he’s more than willing to throw Marie under the bus, especially if doing so can sweeten the deal he is negotiating with prosecutors.  Oh, to be a gadfly on that  wall!

In any event, as Marie Steril noted in yesterday’s Press Release, despite the fact that she has “tirelessly worked to address concerns that impair residents’ well-being,” and “embraced District 4’s many challenges and transformed them into opportunities for the betterment of the community,” Saint Marie made the shocking decision to retire from public service even though her re-election was a given.

After all, even God rested on the seventh day, right?

Seriously, though, it’s quite obvious that Marie wouldn’t willingly give up such a sweet gig.  Eventually the truth will come out, but my guess is that someone  has something  on her that she won’t be able to sweet talk her way out of.  If that’s the case, I wouldn’t be surprised if either Lucie or Ricardo is getting ready to sing.

I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

Ready, set, DISH!

Stephanie Kienzle
“Spreading the Wealth”

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  1. Nottafan says:

    Ooh the possibilities! This web is so tangled that you could go on for days trying to make sense of it. Let’s see… Marie Steril and Andre Pierre were best buds. They always voted together when he was in office. Pierre was always a slimy one but he he manged to slip through the cracks. Steril and Pierre covered for each other and Pierre’s nephew did his dirty work so Pierre’s hands would look clean.
    Steril has that bogus business where she “allegedly” gets kicks back. Court appointed classes where you “allegedly” pay her a fee and you don’t have to attend.
    Both Steril and Pierre were involved in monkey business when it came to the bidding process.
    My guess is that something is coming down the pike and she thinks that she can quell the bad publicity by stepping down first. Don’t forget that the Haitian powers that be do their best to control the bad press they get.


    1. Stephanie Kienzle says:

      It’s not only the Haitians who try to control the press. All corruptocrats are usually adept at spin. How much of Kevin Burns’ shenanigans was kept out of the spotlight when he was in office? Myron Rosner thought he could control the media but he obviously wasn’t all that good at it. The problem isn’t the media so much as it is the State Attorney’s Office. Good old Kathy Rundle picks and chooses who to prosecute and who gets a pass. If you’re dirty, but you control a particular voting bloc, you’re safe. It also helps to be married to a Circuit Court Judge. Just saying.


  2. James Tracton,JD,PhD says:

    There is no question that Marie did bad things and she is getting out now in the hope that if she is not in office they will forget her.


  3. […] was also speculation that she might be implicated in a $5 million dollar rigged city bid, as accused by former Mayor Andre Pierre’s nephew, Ricardo […]


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