LowT Gimenez swings for both teams

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Carlos Gimenez ditches work early to stump for DeSantis in Hialeah

It’s good to be the king.
We’re used to the mayor coming in late some mornings or taking off early to play nine holes of golf at The Biltmore Hotel. But on Friday, while the rest of us were trying to finish our work week, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez ducked out early to stump for Ron DeSantis in Hialeah.

Guess all that talk about switching parties and supporting Hillary Clinton two years ago was pandering for his own Democrat votes.

Gimenez was one of several mayors at a “mayors endorsement” event Friday for the Republican gubernatorial candidate and his running mate, that State Rep. Jeanette Nunez tweeted about that morning: “Join Miami Mayors, @RonDeSantisFL and I at Chico’s Restaurant at 3:00pm. We look forward to sharing exciting news!”

But the only other mayor with him at Chico’s was Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez.

Oh, there were plenty of other electeds: County commissioners Jose “Pepe”  Diaz and Esteban “Stevie” Bovo, a one-time Hialeah city councilman, along with current council members Lourdes Lozano, Katherine Cue and Pablo “Pablitiquito” Hernandez as well as Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, State Rep. Manny Diaz Jr., who is running for senate, and former Miami Lakes councilman Frank Mingo, who is running for state rep. Diaz and Mingo are the two with the similar facial landscape.

The event started at 3 p.m. On a Friday. In Hialeah. On 12th Avenue in Hialeah. Knowing Miami-Dade’s traffic and the trouble one can have finding a space in Chico’s parking lot, Gimenez must have left County Hall by 2 p.m. at the latest.

Mayoral mouthpiece Myriam Marquez said it wasn’t on his daily calendar because it was not an official county event.

“Our communications office does not handle political campaign events or scheduling,” Marquez replied when asked why the event was not on the mayor’s official calendar. “He handles personal outings — that do not have public duties involving the county — independently.”

Too bad he has to do it on our dime and can’t do it on his own time independently.

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