Florida has no shortage of political star power. While Gov. Ron DeSantis is receiving the most attention, many current and former Florida politicians loom large. One politician who is starting to receive more buzz is Francis Suarez, the Republican mayor of Miami. In the last month, Suarez has made the rounds on conservative media to position himself as a star in the making. His increased profile has fueled speculation about his future in Florida – and even nationally. But a closer look at Suarez’s record shows he should have no place in Republican politics, because he will sell out conservative voters.
Suarez’s election as mayor of Miami in 2017 marked an impressive accomplishment. 2017 was a bad year for Republicans, and Miami had become increasingly liberal. But just one year later, Suarez opposed DeSantis’s campaign for governor and endorsed his liberal opponent, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum. Gillum, of course, later was charged with 21 federal indictments for campaign fund issues and was caught by police in a hotel room with an alleged male escort.
Suarez couldn’t have known of Gillum’s future scandals at the time, but he did know that Gillum supported raising taxes, abolishing ICE, impeaching then President Donald Trump, and restricting gun rights. Gillum was also endorsed by Sen. Bernie Sanders and George Soros. Backing Gillum was not just bad politics on Suarez’s part. Since the governor’s policies effect every Floridian, including those in Miami, it was bad for Suarez’s constituents as well...
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