Former University of Miami President Donna Shalala (D) isn’t ruling out a potential run for retiring Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s (R) seat. “For now, she’s not saying. She declined to respond to text messages and voice mails left on her cellphone Monday and Tuesday.”
“Shalala, who turns 77 next month, would instantly alter the dynamics of the election, which has attracted a large Democratic primary field. A political consultant for a candidate in the race said Monday evening that her candidacy would be a ‘game-changer.’ She has close ties to Clintonworld.”
“Still, her candidacy wouldn’t be flawless. During her university presidency, an athletics department scandal erupted involving booster Nevin Shapiro and the university’s football team. Also under her watch, the university riled environmentalists by selling 88 acres of rare pine rockland to a developer planning to build a Walmart, and controversially decided to buy Cedars Medical Center.” (Miami Herald)
“One of the candidates in the district,” Miami Beach City Commissioner Kristen Rosen Gonzalez (D), “said she’s not going anywhere, whether Shalala runs or not. Rosen Gonzalez said that Shalala represents more of the ‘elite’ of the party and not the working-class residents of the district, whom she says she represents. Rosen Gonzalez said other candidates more reliant on insider support, such as” former Judge Mary Barzee Flores (D) and former Knight Foundation Director Matt Haggman (D), “have more to worry about. … Haggman’s campaign said he’s staying in the race. … Barzee Flores’ campaign declined to comment.” (Politico)
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