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One mayoral race Gov. Scott won't be endorsing in

The latest evidence that Gov. Rick Scott's name, with his dismal poll numbers, is radioactive in Florida politics? The two (Republican) candidates running for Miami-Dade mayor -- arguably the second most important executive position in the state -- sought in a debate Tuesday morning to distance themselves as much as possible from the head of their party.

The mayor's position is non-partisan. But WFOR-CBS 4 investigative reporter Jim DeFede still asked Julio Robaina and Carlos Gimenez whom they supported in last year's gubernatorial race.

"Bill McCollum," they both said. Gimenez said he didn't back anyone in the general election; Robaina said he endorsed Scott -- but couched that by adding that he's not happy with the governor's tenure thus far. Gimenez agreed.

The issue came up again later, when a caller phoned into WMBM-AM (1490) and asked Gimenez whom he voted for.

His response? Democrat Alex Sink.

--Patricia Mazzei

[Last modified: Tuesday, June 7, 2011 4:07pm]


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