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Mayoral endorsement already paying off?

It pays to have friends in elected office: Three days after Miami-Dade mayor Carlos Alvarez endorsed Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, the mighty communications office at County Hall is churning out press releases touting the three Republican incumbents.

The press release notes that "thanks to the support of the Miami-Dade congressional delegation" -- it lists Lincoln and Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen -- $10.8 million for 2 Miami-Dade County projects was included in recent legislation passed by the House Energy and Water Appropriations subcommittee.

The projects -- "two crucial projects that have a tremendous economic and environmental significance to South Florida," the release notes, -- still have to clear the full committee and the Senate, but the release notes that securing the funds "is a great first step." The projects include further dredging of the Miami River and studying the effects of the Central and Southern Florida water canals on Biscayne Bay."