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In Miami, leftover elections cash helps cops

@ChuckRabin

In a light moment during last week’s budget hearing, Miami Commissioner Francis Suarez conceded dropping out of the mayor’s race ultimately helped the city — financially.

As commissioners scrambled to find money to help restore lost police benefits, an unexpected $500,000 windfall appeared: cash set aside for a November mayoral runoff.

When Fraternal Order of Police President Javier Ortiz identified the money, Suarez weighed in, almost whispering.

“I get half the credit for that,” he said.

“You know what, I do thank you for getting out of the race,” Ortiz replied.

Suarez’s comment drew chuckles at City Hall.

It also put a grin on the face of Mayor Tomás Regalado, the beneficiary of Suarez’s exit from the race last month.

--CHARLES RABIN

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