The resignation of Miami Beach’s city manager has led to a game of musical chairs at City Hall and allegations of backroom deals from the city’s mayor.
On Wednesday, one week after City Manager Jorge Gonzalez submitted a July 8 resignation date, Beach Commissioner Jonah Wolfson announced he would not run for the state House District 113 seat he began campaigning for months ago.
Commissioner Deede Weithorn said she would run in his place for the seat, which became vacant in February Rep. Richard Steinberg resigned after he admitted he sent inappropriate text messages to a female federal prosecutor.
The two commissioners say the swap was unplanned.
“This is clearly something I have always been interested in doing,” Weithorn told The Herald.
Miami Beach Mayor Matti Herrera Bower says the move smells of vote-trading. She questioned whether Weithorn and Wolfson, both of whom pushed for a swift Gonzalez departure at the city’s May 9th commission meeting, planned the timing of Gonzalez’s ouster and their switch in the race for District 113.