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Rubio not running for Miami-Dade mayor


Marco Rubio will not run for Miami-Dade mayor, putting an end to one of the most watched political guessing games in the state. Instead, he plans on spending the election season on TV, as a analyst and pundit on Spanish language TV.

"I obviously care very deeply about Miami-Dade," the outgoing House Speaker told the Buzz. "But I didn't feel it was the right opportunity for me in this state. The issues I have a passion for are state issues."

Rubio said he felt he could pose a strong challenge to incumbent Carlos Alvarez, strong mayor for the past two years, but said Alvarez hasn't had enough time to fully prove himself. "It really wasn't about being able to win or not," Rubio said.

The 36-year-old Miami Republican said he wants to spend more time with his family and get back into the daily routine of law practice. He also will travel the state to aid GOP candidates, including John McCain.

"I think I'll be on the ballot again in Florida," Rubio said, "probably sooner than later." Rubio would not discuss his future but he is expected to seek the state Senate seat being vacated by Alex Diaz de la Portilla in 2010. Many think he'll eventually run for governor.

Times photo | Scott Keeler

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 10:57am]


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