Group 70: Renier de la Portilla and Veronica Diaz

, Daily Business Review


After serving in the state House and Miami-Dade School Board, Renier de la Portilla is vying to become judge in a hotly contested race with Assistant City Attorney Veronica Diaz.

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  • Miami lawyer

    In this race, we are faced with picking the lesser of two evils. After seriously studying this race, I honestly don‘t know. Both candidates are terrible. They are vying for bottom of the bench.

  • Anonymous

    Rarely in a race for an open seat on Miami-Dade County’s Circuit Court does it become necessary to call out a candidate who so clearly lacks the judgment, temperament and qualifications to be a judge. Renier Diaz De La Portilla is one such candidate.

    RDDLP, as he is known by friend and foe alike, is part of the three-headed DDLP brothers, which includes Miguel and Alex, politicians who some suggest look like they belong on the set of the Sopranos. But looks can be deceiving: in this case RDDLP is more like Fredo Corleone in the God Father, the weakest and least intelligent of the three Corleone brothers, than any character in the Sopranos.

    Veronica Diaz is a young, honest, hard-working, charismatic Miami City Attorney with a glowing resume and the intellectual chops to boot. RDDLP, on the other hand, is a failed politician who is merely looking to find a job in the public sector, either as a place holder until something better comes along, or as a way to waste tax payers’ money while doing little to advance the principles of justice and fairness.

    As proof of what’s to come, should RDDLP be elected, consider his track record in previous public sector positions. When he first began his political career as a member of the Miami-Dade County School Board in 1996, he proposed the establishment of a bible studies course in public school, obviously never having heard of the separation of church and state. When his colleagues on the board flushed that bright idea down the toilet, “he succeeded in implementing a controversial pilot program to drug-test students,” according to the Miami New Times in a July 9, 2014 article. “To get the latter measure passed, though, he had to back down from a component that would have allowed children to be placed in rehabilitation programs without parental consent.” Talk about government overreach!

    More concerning, not only did it take RDDLP three times to pass the Bar exam, according to one source, he also has difficulty meeting deadlines, as well as balancing his check book.

    For example, when he ran and lost a second time for a House seat in the Florida legislator in 2012, the Florida Republican Party -- his own party -- denied him membership on a state committee, because he failed to timely file a party loyalty oath. Further, he was late filing his most recent campaign finance report, and he was late for his interview with the Miami Herald seeking its endorsement, according to another source.

    Equally worrisome, if elected as judge, it could “help solve his sorry state of personal finances,” reports the Miami New Times. According to a disclosure statement, RDDLP “makes $38,900 per year between a private law practice and work as a sales director for [a family owned business called,] De Mattress. His debts include two loans that total almost $200,000. His net worth is negative $161,450.”

    Once the facts are placed in the balance, it is clear Veronica Diaz is a far better choice for Circuit Court Judge. Her dedication to the law and desire to serve the people far outweigh a lazy politician interested in building his resume. Hopefully, informed voters, especially members of the Miami-Dade County Bar, will feel the same.

  • Anonymous

    Retiring circuit judge Sandy Karlan is female. Please do your homework.

  • Attorney in Miami

    Veronica Diaz has not been cleared on ethics charges for accepting/requesting several VIP tickets ($900 each) from an adverse party. It‘s in today‘s Miami Herald. Independent Auditor said the City Attorney has a conflict of interest and can not issue an opinion on the matter. Read:

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