I haven't read the Diaz book, because I was never a supporter of the former Miami mayor. As a civic activist who paid attention to the massive damage Diaz helped proliferate through the housing and building boom, I am disinclined to what I believe to be a self-serving effort to re-write history: approximately the point of reviews.
I am a left-leaning, liberal voice who has never shied from leveling broadsides against Democrats. Yes, the Democrats can win in Florida by running an Hispanic candidate. Manny Diaz is the wrong candidate to raise the flag for the Dems.
Like many other politicians of the 2000's, Diaz coasted on the fuel then the fumes of the building boom. He was like a Marlin's hitter who raced to third base, celebrating a triple when he hit a pop fly. To the extent that the city of Miami contributed to massive -- multi-billion dollar! -- infrastructure deficits that are now plaguing the county, Diaz was right in the middle of the mess. Taxpayers and voters will have something to say about a Diaz primary campaign.
Diaz and his consultants may be counting on the mainstream press to stay to the glossy top stuff, reinforced by "a book": Cuban American makes good. But the opposition reads this blog, and Eye on Miami will have more ... and our readers, more still ... to say.