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Miami-Dade mayor: I may not leave GOP after all

@PatriciaMazzei

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez caused a political stir when he said in October he was considering leaving the Republican Party. It would have amounted to a defection from the county's most powerful elected official.

But Gimenez now says he may stay in the GOP and try to make the party more moderate.

"It was a question that was asked, 'Was I thinking about it?' I was thinking about it," Gimenez recently told Miami Herald news partner WFOR-CBS 4. "I don't think I'm going to."

The party, the mayor suggested, needs to be changed by centrist Republicans from within.

"If I thought that the Republican Party was going way too far to the right, it's better for me to work it back from the inside," he said in the TV interview, which aired Monday evening.

Gimenez also laughed off chatter about potential candidates who may challenge his reelection in 2016, specifically referring to the Mayoral Matrix the Herald published two weeks ago.

"Who may run, who may not; who's a threat, who's not a threat -- I mean, come on. Alonzo Mourning said absolutely not, but he was in there too," he said. "My reelection is two years away. That's plenty of time, and so no, I'm not focused on my reelection yet, and I don't think the people need to be focused on the reelection either."

Watch the interview here.

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