Termed out of office after this year, Elian Gonzalez lawyer Manny Diaz will relinquish his throne as Mayor of Miami in November. At this point the two persons running — Commissioners Tomas Regalado and Joe Sanchez — represent more of the same. And although both may be decent human beings, neither seems the mayorly type.
But I understand that giving serious thought to a run for mayor is Miami-Dade County Commissioner Bruno Barreiro. Not that he’s the mayorly type either, but Barreiro and his family for years have built a voting bloc around Little Havana that has made him nearly unbeatable. There control of elderly Cubans in the area is well-known. Tactics used to control them — questionable. But that’s another story for another day.
Word on the street is that Armando Gutierrez, yes! the same Armando who ran the Elian Gonzalez ordeal in Miami… right into the ground, is trying to talk the Barreiro clan from not jumping into the mayor’s race. Gutierrez is working on the Regalado race.
We will see how and where all this ends up. It just amazes me that Miami may have to settle for one of these three duds as mayor of the most important city in Florida.
I’ll keep you posted of what transpires.
Alvaro F. Fernandez