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.