Alternating Chairman of the Florida Legislative Committee on Intergovernmental Relations Rep. Juan Zapata is the heir apparent to Joe Martinez's seat. He has been crowned by Uber Lobbyist Ron Book with campaign donations a sure sign that Zapata will be the golden boy, the recipient of massive campaign donations from the usual suspects.
I think this signals that Joe Martinez is definitely seeking higher office. You heard it here first. Joe would have to vacate his seat if he runs for Mayor. I don't think Book would have given to the Zapata campaign, nor would Zapata have registered for the seat, if there was any doubt that Martinez had higher aspirations. Although, a reader has said, if he runs for the Congress he would not have to vacate. The Diaz-Balart seat in the House was not open when Zapata registered for Martinez's district. This adds another wrinkle, we might not get rid of Joe in the County if he runs for the U.S. House and loses. Ick.
Juan has already collected $10,000 for the election in 2012. He has Sugar money, Citrus and PAC money from medical interests. Most notable is the $1,500 from Book and wife. He has local experience having served on the Miami-Dade County Equal Opportunity Board, Miami-Dade Planning Advisory Board and West Kendall Community Council as Chairman. And, yes, he is better than Joe. Just about anybody is...