Your former Florida Legislature colleague finds himself ensnared in news about an absentee-ballot fraud case, even though police say they have found no connection to him. What do you do?
If you're former state Sen. Alex Diaz de la Portilla, you start a drive to recall former state Rep. Esteban Bovo.
An electioneering communications organization run by Diaz de la Portilla has printed a flier to oust Bovo, who is now a Miami-Dade commissioner. On Friday, the ECO, Citizens Desiring Accountable Government, put out a robocall proposing recalling him.
Diaz de la Portilla, who is on Tuesday's primary ballot running for a House seat, has said he's fighting for government integrity. Bovo's former aide has admitted to police that she dropped off 164 absentee ballots at a post office last month after ballot brokers known as boleteros and voters dropped them off at Bovo's Hialeah district office. The ex-aide, Anamary Pedrosa, said neither Bovo nor his staff were involved, according to police.
But there appear to be broader politics at play. Diaz de la Portilla's younger brother, Renier, is running in a primary for a Hialeah-based state House seat against Manny Diaz Jr., who has been endorsed by numerous local Republicans, including Bovo.
Also endorsing Diaz: state Rep. Jose Oliva, who has been mentioned as a potential House speaker in 2018. Oliva needs as many supporters of his candidacy elected as he can get. It's a safe bet that the Diaz de la Portillas are not currently on that list.
Shifting political alliances being what they are, things could change after the election. Perhaps both Diaz de la Portillas will get elected and want a fellow Miami-Dade lawmaker as speaker. Perhaps not.
But the fractures are starting to show in a potential Miami-Dade legislative delegation. Looks like that much-talked-about unity was short-lived.