Miami-Dade mayor names ex-Genting lobbyist as campaign manager
BY MELISSA SANCHEZ AND ENRIQUE FLOR
Less than two months before the Miami-Dade mayoral election, Carlos Gimenez has finally named a reelection campaign manager.
Jesse Manzano-Plaza, 35, assumed the role two weeks ago after stepping down as a lobbyist for Genting, the Malaysian company that plans to build a huge casino complex in Miami.
Inside Gimenez’s campaign, some key advisers have privately expressed their discomfort with the choice, given the controversy caused by the Genting project. Last week, Manzano-Plaza and his backers said he has plenty of political experience.
Manzano-Plaza worked for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and ex-Miami Mayor Manny Diaz. He also served for more than a year in Iraq as part of the U.S. Army Reserves.
Last year, after the recall of former Mayor Carlos Alvarez, Manzano-Plaza ran Marcelo Llorente’s mayoral campaign.
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