Joey Flechas reports:
The competition for a Miami Beach commission seat is turning into a bizarre new chapter for Miami Beach’s rough-and-tumble political history after one candidate, Mark Weithorn, aired his opponent Ricky Arriola’s Social Security number in a TV attack ad.
Publishing an opponent’s private information is nothing new to Beach elections — the same thing happened back in 2011 to former mayor Matti Herrera Bower. But this time things supposedly got extra bumpy when Arriola sued Weithorn over the violation of his privacy. The process server who delivered the notice of the suit told police Weithorn clipped him with his car.
Arriola was arrested in December 2009 and charged with hitting a security guard at his South Beach condo when the guard asked him to turn down his music. County records show Arriola was not prosecuted.
Weithorn and the ECO show the full arrest form in their ads, with Arriola’s handwritten Social Security number in plain view.
Read more on The Miami Herald.
Stay classy, Mr. Weithorn.