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After endorsing Julio Robaina, Jeb Bush will be special guest at fundraiser for Carlos Gimenez

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez has officially won over the local political establishment.

The mayor, who is seeking reelection next year, will be feted at a fundraising reception in a few weeks that will feature a who's who of Miami-Dade political players -- including several who backed Gimenez's opponent, former Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina, in a special election a few short months ago. (Could the fundraiser be a sign that Robaina does not intend to run for the office again in 2012?)

In June, Republican fundraiser Jorge Arrizurieta stumped passionately for Robaina, appearing on Spanish-language radio and contributing money to Robaina's campaign.

On Dec. 9, Arrizurieta will co-host the fundraiser for Gimenez at the Biltmore Hotel. The special guest: former Gov. Jeb Bush, who gave Robaina his endorsement early on in the mayoral race.

"I recognize the strong leadership that Mayor Gimenez has shown out of the gate since his election," Arrizurieta wrote in an e-mail inviting friends to the $500-a-head luncheon. "He has simply done what he said he would do...Governor Jeb Bush also recognizes the exemplary leadership displayed by Mayor Gimenez."

Several other past Robaina supporters are also part of the event, including former U.S. Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart and Boca Raton builder Art Falcone, the developer of the Miami World Center property, a site eyed for a possible casino. One of Falcone's partners, Nitin Motwani, is also on the fundraiser invite.


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The decision to endorse Mayor Carlos Jimenez over former Hialeah mayor Julio Robaina is, in my opinion, due to the fact that in the previous election Robaina failed to be open and honest with the local Republican Party leadership concerning his personal and political history, resulting in embarrassing Governor Jeb Bush and the Republican Party leadership. Seldom has a local politician failed to win election in Miami-Dade County when the full thrust of the local Republican Party leadership has endorsed the candidate. In the case of former Hialeah mayor Julio Robaina, not only did Robaina loose the election against Mayor Carlos Jimenez, but he also subjected Governor Bush and and the Republican Party to embarrassment and defeat. Governor Bush and the Miami-Dade County Republican party leadership are not about to make the same mistake twice, certainly not when they already have another republican sitting at the helm whose private and professional integrity remains unscathed. I am a conservative democrat who disagrees with most of the liberal policies of the democratic party, and just about all the policies of the republican party. However, I respect Governor Jeb Bush for endorsing Mayor Carlos Jimenez against the Hialeah poster child. I suspect that this fundraiser does not sit well with Robaina and his circle of friends and followers, but it will be interesting to see how Robaina sells this package to the citizens of Hialeah. In the meantime, Mayor Carlos Jimenez better come back to the hood and spend some time with those who helped him in Hialeah.


I want to acknowledge that I mistakenly wrote Mayor Gimenez name with a "J" My apologies to Mayor Carlos Gimenez.

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