I don't mean to pile on, but suddenly it seems as Hispanic elected officials in metro Orlando are imploding. What are we to make of this phenomenon? While Latinos are by no means the only elected officials under scrutiny (Florida's Republican Party has had a spate of bad news related to spending gone amok). The number of Hispanic elected officials is still small, which makes their plight more noticeable.
First, there was former U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez, who gave up his seat last year while he still had more than a year to go in order to return to Central Florida. Martinez, a Cuban-American, was not guilty of any crime, but he did disappoint many people when he stepped down to return to private life. Criticism poured in stating that he hadn't finished any of the jobs to which he was either elected or appointed, including Orange County mayor, head of federal Housing and Urban Development and later U.S. senator.
There you have it. If I left anybody out, let me know. They say bad news comes in threes, so maybe this is it as far as disappointed hopes in Hispanic elected officials in Central Florida.