photo courtesy of Sun Sentinel. Ferber in center

Michael Ferber, GOP (ahem) non-partisan candidate for Fort Lauderdale City Commission District 2, has a big Libertarian streak. He showed up to a debate and vowed to cut government so much that people would call him Mike “The Knife” Ferber.

Tim Smith has the lowdown in his blog:

 “Ferber is an unapologetic, rabid, Libertarian. He started by saying that he knew their area well ( living in the next neighborhood over), had served on many City advisory Boards, but was probably not going to say many things the audience wanted to hear!

He was right!

He said he came without any ‘meaningless platitudes’ .

He said that ‘there was no Santa Claus’. He said he wasn’t running to ‘make government more responsive’, but to reduce the size, cut-back, have government ‘abandon many of the things it was currently doing’.

He continued – they’ll be calling me ‘Mike the Knife’. He said he would ‘eliminate the Economic Development Department’.  He said he wouldn’t govern by ‘lynch mob politics’.

He finished by saying he would ‘go to Def Com III in efforts to reduce the size of the City Government.'”

Ferber’s opponent, Broward Democrat Charlotte Rodstrom did not attend the event. She had better things to do; According to Smith, Rodstrom told debate organizers her husband John Rodstrom (Broward county commissioner) was taking her on a trip. Really? Just days before an election? Guess she figures she has it all wrapped up. Prove her wrong.