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
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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.