Florida Gov. Rick Scott invited Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez to his inauguration in Tallahassee on Tuesday, and Gimenez went -- by land.
Gimenez and his chief of staff, Alex Ferro, carpooled in one vehicle Monday, according to Mike Hernández, Gimenez's spokesman.
Google Maps lists the drive from County Hall to the Governor's Mansion at 478 miles -- 6 hours and 43 minutes shortly before 9 a.m. Tuesday, though anyone who's driven between the two cities knows the drive can be longer than that if there's bad traffic (here's looking at you, Greater Orlando area).
The trip could cost the mayor's office travel budget about $1,800, Hernández said, taking into account the cost of two hotel rooms for one night and a $556.71 mileage reimbursement. (He later said the total would be actually be closer to $1,000.)
But Gimenez might have some relationship-building to do. He toyed with leaving the Republican Party a few days before the Republican Scott was reelected -- an idea that made Scott's campaign less than happy, given that it highlighted the fact that Gimenez had not publicly campaigned with the governor.