Is the Republican Party about to lose its top elected official in Miami-Dade County? On Monday, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez strongly hinted he was thinking of switching his registration from Republican to independent.
In a radio interview, Gimenez confirmed he "may be" changing his party affiliation. "I'm a registered Republican right now," he told the Gray Zone politics show on 880AM, a Miami station.
"I'm an independent thinker," Gimenez told the hosts. "I hold a non-partisan position. What bothers me is somehow you get labeled because you're in a party."
Gimenez has not endorsed his party's candidate for governor, incumbent Rick Scott.
His comments follow a major GOP loss in county politics when incumbent County Commissioner Lynda Bell, a Republican, lost her reelection bid to Democrat Daniella Levine Cava. County offices are officially non-partisan, but the commission race became a proxy battle for both parties.
Gimenez faces reelection in 2016, and local Democratic officials said the Levine Cava race was a run-up to posing a challenger to the mayor.
Read the Miami Herald story here.