Recently there have been some internet articles circulating about me and an application I turned in for the Orange County Commissioners Office. These reports have mainly been being circulated by one blogger on one site, who has continuously attacked me, my family, and my friends. I did not address this sooner because I did not want to give credence to someone who apparently is ill-informed and who has clearly decided that supporting his “guy” is more important than reporting the truth, fairly and 49 days prior to the primary.
With that said, I believe that you all deserve the answers from me, instead of a third party. I want to be upfront, honest, and as clear as I can. I did not have any intention of addressing this issue and giving it this much attention because it happened 25 years ago. However, as my neighbors and fellow District 9 constituents, you feel that this is something that needed to be cleared up -- and that matters to me. One of the main reasons I decided to run is I believe our elected officials need to be honest and transparent.
Twenty-five years ago, I wrote a check for an insurance payment out of the incorrect bank account. Was it wrong? Yes. Was it something done carelessly in haste? Yes. Was it an honest mistake? Absolutely. Have you ever grabbed the wrong credit card or entered in the wrong PIN number for your debit card because you have multiple accounts?Read more
Today, I am proud to announce that Team Vivaldi is officially on the ballot!
I have been blessed with encouragement and support from community and faith leaders, longtime friends, and most important, my beautiful wife Myrna and our five amazing children. Without my family's unequivocal support I would not, and could not run. Doing so would put an unfair financial and emotional burden on our family, and I could not do that. Their support secured my decision to take on Alan Grayson and bring honorable, balanced leadership to our community.
This upcoming week will be a busy one for #TeamVivaldi. Today, our campaign was featured in Puerto Rico's largest newspaper - El Nuevo Dia. This publication is not only widely read in Puerto Rico, but is also heavily circulated and very respected in our Central Florida.
Domestic violence and abuse does not discriminate. Unfortunately, it is a problem that is often overlooked, excused, or denied, yet it can affect anybody, at any age, of any ethnicity, and a member of any political party.
Abusive behavior, whether it is physical, emotional, or verbal, needs to stop. Everyone deserves to be respected, valued and safe.Read more
Sergeant Major Jose Garcia Aponte, chairman of Veterans For Vivaldi
Last nite, I met with my good friend Sergeant Major Jose Garcia Aponte (RET) and his wife Maribel. Both Jose & Maribel have already contributed a great deal to our campaign, but wanted to do something more. Maribel suggested that Jose chair a Veterans for Vivaldi committee and Sergeant Major Aponte agreed.
I have included a message from the Sergeant Major and his wife Maribel below. #TeamVivaldi is humbled and honored to have their support.
David Jolly and I getting ready to walk door-to-door in Pinellas County.
Politics all too often becomes all about "me" or what can "I" get out of it, that is not the case with our campaign.
Today, we joined Republican activists from all around the state in Pinellas County to knock on doors for the Republican nominee in Florida's 13th congressional district, David Jolly.
Anthony "Tony" Suarez
Orlando powerhouse Attorney Anthony "Tony" Suarez is the newest member to join #TeamVivaldi.
Suarez, who served as the Chairman of the Seminole County Democratic Party and as a member of the Florida State House of Representatives, is heavily involved in the Puerto Rican community in Central Florida - especially when it comes to politics.
He currently serves as the President of the Puerto Rican Bar Association of Florida and was the President of the San Juan Hill San Republican Club in 2013.