Bad blood on Doral’s City Council has cost it the 2014 Miss USA pageant.
After being a front-runner to host the beauty pageant, owned by Donald Trump,a recent vote to authorize City Manager Joe Carollo to work to bring the pageant next year had Mayor Luigi Boria cast the lone dissenting vote.
That was enough for Trump.
“You want to avoid awkward complications like that,” said Ed Russo, project consultant for the Trump Organization. Russo spoke on behalf of Trump, who is in Moscow for Saturday’s Miss Universe Pageant. “It’s going to return to Las Vegas because of the lack of support from the mayor.”
The official announcement will be made after Miss Universe on Saturday.
Other Doral City Council members were disappointed Friday.
“It’s a shame that what the mayor says and does is making us lose millions of dollars for the city and positive press,” said Councilwoman Ana Maria Rodriguez. “It was ours to lose.”
Councilwoman Bettina Rodrigruez-Aguilera echoed Rodriguez.
“My concern is now other organizations follow Trump’s lead,” she said.
Boria has recently faced criticisms for his personal yet public spats with council members and Carollo. The ugliness has captured headlines, particularly after pushing to oust Carollo — a move that was met with no support from the rest of the council.