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Norman Braman's pursuit for Miami-Dade candidates could shake up race against David Rivera

Seeking candidates to run for Miami-Dade County Commission, Miami auto magnate Norman Braman is trying to persuade state Rep. Luis Garcia to quit his run for Congress to challenge Commissioner Bruno Barreiro instead. That could create an opening for another Democrat -- former Miami-Dade Mayor Alex Penelas, anyone? -- to run against Republican U.S. Rep. David Rivera.

Penelas says he's still mulling over his options and leaning against a run. Garcia says he'll make up his mind in the next week. Read on:

After spearheading last year’s historic mayoral recall, Miami businessman and civic activist Norman Braman is lining up a slate of candidates “interested in reform’’ to challenge four powerful Miami-Dade commissioners and fill a fifth open seat in the August race.

Braman told The Miami Herald Friday he is urging state Rep. Luis Garcia to abandon his bid for U.S. Congress and to go up against District 5 Commissioner Bruno Barreiro — a move Garcia confirmed he is weighing.

Braman also is actively soliciting prospective candidates to run against Commissioners Barbara Jordan in District 1, Audrey Edmonson in District 3 and Dennis Moss in District 9, and is in talks with Juan Carlos Zapata about supporting him in his bid to fill the District 11 seat that will open because Commissioner Joe Martinez is running for mayor.

Braman, a wealthy auto magnate, led and financed the dramatic March 2011 ouster of Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez and helped bankroll the simultaneous recall of Commissioner Natacha Seijas, a campaign that was led by Miami Voice, a political action committee. More here.


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Oh Yea!

Charter Reform, NOW!!!!
Papa Braman knows what he's doing!
The county commission should NOT be a lifetime appointment!
This is NOT the Supreme Court..

Miami Blues

Ol' Norm was right the first time.
Second time should be a charm :)


Anyone who voted for that boondoggle of a stadium should be voted out! Bye bye Bruno.

Desperate Homestead Democrat

So the best loyal Democrats like me have to run against Rivera is a disgraced former politician who raised taxes (multi-million transit tax), championed a taxpayer-financed sports arena for a billionaire owner (Heat owner Mickey Arison), gave sweetheart deals at the airport for his political cronies (Rodney Barreto, Chris Korge, Tito Gomez, Sergio Pino, Pedro Pelaez, Bill Perry, Dewey Knight, etc), and fired the only ethical manager the county had because he wouldn't do Penelas' corrupt bidding (Steve Shiver). Please, even a Joe Garcia repeat would be better than Penelas.

Dog of war

Braman is a friend a financial supporter of rivera

Sweep Miami & FL

Mr Braman please DO NOT endorse Fl Rep Carlos Lopez-Cantera for any further political career. Honesty is an issue in that family.


Wow another FIU criminal gets immunity, law student ignorant of a crime, guess she worked for J.C. Planas before since he seems to represent this whole crew for years now, even running PAC's for Al Lorenzo, Herman Echaverria, Armando Guerra, you name it the list goes on and on. All these Pac's registered to Planas and made to attack candidates for these crooks, well don't worry she will seal her record even if the charge's are not sealable, she will then run for office and then expunge the record just like former Juan Zapata did years ago on his trafficing and selling drug charges, yes folks a drug dealer and turned politician. And even further his parents were drug money lauders who were arrested under operation Green Back in the eighties, guess Zapata's parents were close friends to all these now turned high profile ballots broker consultants and maybe even prosecuter's who seem to forgive these crimes and let us be defrauded and lied to. Zapata who after years of political corruption now runs for Commission Seat in District 11, with everyone of these criminal corrupted politician's involved from Jeb Bush, JC PLanas, Eddy Gonzalez, Bovo, Manny Diaz JR, Mayor Carlos Gimenez, and we can be here all day naming them, plus all the special interest in florida with lobbyist earning him almost 1 Million Dollars to run against first time candidate and police detective Manny Machado. An officer for more than 12 years and with no criminal or political ties, yes folks a true Statesman, a defender of the people. But again we see that big bucks and B.S backing Zapata can really cloud of judgements, I am with Machado , Mr. Zapata please open your record let us in to your life like all you crooks like to do to good people that challenge your ways, see the time is over for you go get a job and stop living and sucking us dry with your B.S. Go and wake up, you are done, we don't need guys like you anymore, I spoke to Machado this Saturday at Hammocks Library and boy that kid is right on point with what is really going on with this county, he has done his homework, Stadium deal, Wackenhut settlement, Tunnel, new train, and the kicker how you want to stop red light cameras but you have taken thousands and thousands from those who want to have them put up. I belong to the Kendall Federation and I was ready to vote for you but after seeing your free barbecue and hearing this young man who just wants to help his community, county, and our families prosper, I have woken up, I don't even want to vote on the 240 issue. He is for no kill thru budget not taxes, you talk a good game but your just a fraud, thank God Moses "Manny Machado" we now call him was the last guy I spoke to, his wife right by his side, he didn't even wear sunblock and you can tell the sincerity and his conviction how he can looks right into your eyes the whole time, can't say the same for you, you have this synical ora to you, why don't you stick to commercials after this cause your a good actor. I have reached out to my friends, family and neighbors cause finally we have a light on the commission and If I can help it It ain't you! What the hell is going on here in florida, can the Feds please take this place and clean house or are we just doomed? And by the way can the Herald report that Mr. Zapata and his PAC is just a lier putting out all that BS on Machado, if he were under any investigation as you claim he could not be running for office period.

Thanks LP

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