Ten Years After Elian, Alex Penelas Is Back at County Hall

Ten years ago this past June 28, Elián González was returned to his father in Cuba, and Alex Penelas's rising political star imploded. Miami-Dade's then-county mayor dug his own grave in 2000. Sure he won a second term as mayor, but he double-crossed Al Gore during the presidential election and the recount. Now the Hialeah boy wonder who once

dreamed of being the next Dante Fascell is making a comeback at county

hall, as -- what else? -- a lobbyist.

In 2004, when Penelas ran for U.S. Senate, the Democrats

abandoned the Cuban-American politician. And Gore put him on blast as a

traitor. As a result, Penelas came in a distant third in the primary and

faded from the political scene.

For the past six years, Penelas has stayed away from politics other than his gig as a commentator for Univision. But not anymore. Earlier this month, Dan Ricker's the

Watchdog Report noted Penelas

had registered to lobby on behalf of ADA Engineering Inc.


Republican will keep you posted on the former mayor's new

career as it progresses.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


All-access pass to the top stories, events and offers around town.

  • Top Stories


All-access pass to top stories, events and offers around town.

Sign Up >

No Thanks!

Remind Me Later >