The insinuations against Gimenez had been crackling for a while. Because Gimenez was running in a nonpartisan race, diehard Republicans would call radio stations to ask why certain Democrats who support lax U.S. policy toward communist Cuba were supporting the former county commissioner for mayor. Hmmm, must mean Gimenez is a commie.Indeed, the same old tired story is played out again and again every election cycle in Miami-Dade County. As Marquez points out, it doesn't matter that the Herald endorsed Marco Rubio for Senator and continues to support the Cuban-American community by participating in events like Cuba Nostalgia every year and dedicating whole sections of the paper to the remembrance of their special and significant history in South Florida. No, because if they wander one iota from the Hardliner Handbook of hating liberals and their Cuba policies and not completely falling in line with the hardliner positions, they're communists and Castro supporters of the worst sort.
Just last week, in an hourlong, paid campaign show on Mambí, a usually smart and personable businessman, Jorge Arrizurieta, a Robaina supporter, was blaming a “Miami Herald conspiracy” — una conspiración! — for polls showing Gimenez was leading. Arrizurieta went on to note that the Herald did not recommend the former U.S. Interests Section chief in Havana, Jim Cason, for Coral Gables mayor, yet Cason won last year because Cuban-American voters in that city consider Cason an “honorary Cuban.”
There was no mention of the Herald’s editorial recommendation for Marco Rubio and dozens of other Cuban Americans. Talk about conspiracies.
The Herald is anti-cubano, Arrizurieta proclaimed.
Been there before.
I'm glad to see the Herald speaking out about this hypocrisy that is so obvious to those living north of the Miami-Dade County line. I don't agree with Marquez on much, but she hits a home run with this column that should, at the very least, give Miami's hardliners a reason to pause and reflect.
Another example of the communist, Castro-loving Herald that I had forgotten about.