“The only bigger creep involved was [Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey] Loria’s smarmy, entitled stepson, David Samson, who has twice been installed as a top team executive, because nothing says qualified like “son of the second woman to marry the guy who made his money dealing art…Baseball has a higher tolerance for lousy owners than most professional associations but even with guys like Frank McCourt, Peter Angelos and Fred Wilpon kicking around, the firm of Jeffrey Loria & Stepson might be the worst of them, because the awfulness is squared. Oh Miami, how did you not do the math?”—The Marlins owner promises the moon in Miami. Don’t believe him. (ESPN)
Ratfucking is an American slang term for political sabotage or dirty tricks. It was first brought to public attention by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein in their book All The President’s Men.
Former Committee to Re-elect the President staffer Donald Segretti told the authors, during their investigation of activities leading to the Watergate break-in on June 17, 1972, of a program of orchestrated political sabotage by supporters of Richard Nixon against Nixon’s political opponents.
These included, but were not limited to, cancelling meeting-hall reservations just prior to rallies, releasing false press releases or “leaked documents” in the name of political opponents, spying on rival campaigns, stuffing ballot boxes, ordering vast quantities of food for delivery in the name of rival campaigns, conducting deceptive or offensive get out the vote phone canvasses, push polls, and similar activities.
“The public antipathy for the stadium project “begs the question, ‘Why are they doing it?’” said David Chase, a Fort Lauderdale attorney and former investigator for the SEC. Especially, he said, “when terms of the deal just don’t make sense.”—
Bet this got the attention of Miami politicians and Marlins officials: the same SEC office that won a conviction against a Birmingham, AL mayor for bribery and corruption for municipal bond shenanigans is the one investigating the Marlins stadium deal.