No matter who becomes Miami-Dade's next mayor, don't expect him to have the rosiest of relationships with deeply unpopular Florida Gov. Rick Scott. The race is nonpartisan, but both Carlos Gimenez and Julio Robaina are registered Republicans. However, at a debate this morning, both made it clear they aren't exactly seeking Scott's endorsement.
CBS4's Jim DeFede asked the candidates whom they supported in the governor's race last year. Gimenez said he supported Bill McCollum in the Republican primary but withheld support for any candidate when Scott ended up winning the primary. Pushed further, Gimenez admitted he had voted for Democrat Alex Sink. The bit of polling information that has been conducted has shown that Gimenez is more popular among Democratic and independent voters anyway, so the Republican's admission he had voted for the Democrat won't hurt much.
Julio Robaina also noted he had supported McCollum in the primary. He fessed up to supporting Scott in the big race, but according to Naked Politics, he said he wasn't happy with the way the governor is running Florida at the moment.