With Florida Governor Rick Scott signing the “Resign-to-Run” bill calling for state and local lawmakers to resign from their office if they wish to pursue a congressional run, and the legislation has claimed its first politician. Miami-Dade Commissioner Bruno Barreiro announced that he is resigning his seat in order to run for congress.
In a letter sent to the Miami-Dade supervisor of elections and the clerk of courts, he informed that he would be pursuing the congressional seat being vacated by retiring Republican congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.
He detailed that “As you know, Governor Scott signed to reinstate the Resign to Run law, therefore, I hereby resign my office as Miami Dade County Commissioner for District 5 effective immediately.” He also added that “A big part of the message is to end that speculation, whether I’m committed to this and whether I would resign. Nothing stronger than the proof in the pudding.”
As far as his commissioner seat is concerned, a new commissioner can be appointed but only by a majority vote within the next 30 days by the other 12 commissioners. Another option would be for a special election to be called. Should this be the case, the replacement would serve for the remained of Barreiro’s term.
For Democrats, Miami Commissioner Ken Russell, State Senator Jose Javier Rodriguez and Miami Beach Commissioner Kristen Rosen Gonzalez also face the same ordeal as they all have interest in running for Congress. Rosen Gonzalez has already announced that she will sue the state to challenge the legislation.