Francis Suarez: Investigations prove Democrats ‘threatened’ by his presidential candidacy

Reports are that the feds are looking into why a developer with permits up for city consideration paid the Miami Mayor $170,000.

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez said the launch of his presidential bid coinciding with federal investigations into his business dealings indicates he’s the Republican candidate that Democrats fear the most.

Forget that news of his paperwork filed came in stories calling him a “long shot with little name recognition. Friday he was on Fox & Friends.

“I’m the biggest threat to the Democratic Party,” Suarez said to the question of what those allegations of his business in Miami are about. “I’m Hispanic, a conservative Republican from a big city. I mean, I’m the unicorn of all unicorns.”

Reports are that the FBI, the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust, and State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle are looking into allegations that $170,000 payments he took from a developer with business before the city are an ethical or legal breach.

“It destroys their entire narrative and so they are threatened,” he added.

The official inquiries are the result of a “smear campaign” his “liberal, local newspaper is doing,” he said without uttering the words “Miami Herald.”

Suarez, who won the Herald’s somewhat unenthusiastic endorsement for his 2021 election, said he’s had “no issues” in 13 years.

“All of a sudden, my liberal, local newspaper starts to throw a bunch of things against the wall,” he said.

The Herald has found that Suarez, who is an attorney and private equity executive, has accepted payments from a developer seeking a permit for a multimillion-dollar project. The permit application was rejected initially.

Joey Flechas, the Herald’s Miami City Hall reporter, told Jim DeFede on June 4’s “Facing South Florida” that he’s regularly asked Suarez to disclose his client list for the past five years in the name of transparency. The request has not been met, Flechas said.

“We’re left to wonder whether he is really identifying potential conflicts of interest on his own,” Flechas said.

Suarez said that he’ll be cooperating with authorities until it comes out that he’s done nothing wrong. But he bemoaned that it’s come to this, an echo of other Republican candidates lamentations about  the “weaponization” of the justice system.

“Unfortunately, we see this in every federal race and everybody, unfortunately has to go through these kinds of things,” Suarez said, adding that he didn’t mind the scrutiny.

Anne Geggis

Anne Geggis is a South Florida journalist who began her career in Vermont and has worked at the Sun-Sentinel, the Daytona Beach News-Journal and the Gainesville Sun covering government issues, health and education. She was a member of the Sun-Sentinel team that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Parkland high school shooting. You can reach her on Twitter @AnneBoca or by emailing [email protected].


  • nail morse

    June 17, 2023 at 11:11 am

    An internal poll learned from DeSantis when he started the “red wave is coming” We all know how reliable that was ….He voted for all Dems, but sure another MAGAt thinks everyone looks at their corrupt asses are afraid of them.
    With the luck the Magat’s are having legally, he will be lucky if he and their others are not indicted before the election..

  • Impeach Biden

    June 17, 2023 at 1:00 pm

    What term will the Dems come up for a conservative Hispanic? Much like what they call every black conservative a Uncle Tom.

    • PeterH

      June 17, 2023 at 1:23 pm

      Be as corrupt as you want to be …. but make sure you call it:
      1. Weaponizing the Federal Government!
      2. It’s a witch-hunt?

      Republicans have the narrative! We can see through it! LOL Republicans are ALWAYS the victim with fat butts firmly planted on the pity pot!

  • PeterH

    June 17, 2023 at 1:15 pm

    The questions Floridians should be asking is did Suarez actually receive a kickback?

    When Suarez received the $170K did he reject the money for the appearance of impropriety?

    Why are Republicans grifters?

    • Impeach Biden

      June 17, 2023 at 2:49 pm

      Does the name Andrew Gillum ring a bell to you?

    • Impeach Biden

      June 17, 2023 at 2:52 pm

      Speaking of grifters, please tell us how Joe Biden has accumulated millions in cash and owns three homes valued in the millions as a U.S. Senator?

      • Jay Smif

        June 17, 2023 at 4:26 pm

        Book sales, princess. Learn how to read, mouth breathing conservative scum.

      • Michael K

        June 17, 2023 at 4:44 pm

        Two professionals, making six figure salaries, over five decades… their tax returns are public, unlike the previous president who refused to release his returns despite promises to do so…

      • Dont Say FLA

        June 18, 2023 at 1:45 pm

        Hey IBS, news flash for you: “Million dollar homes” are just called “homes” up yonder in the NE of the USA where everything’s expensive because educated, in-demand people want to be there.

        It’s not like Florida where homes are $35,000 trailers because nobody of working age in Florida is particularly in demand, and nobody wants to be there in Florida except people who are so old they can no longer tolerate the cold.

        Some folks fled Covid and landed in Florida. They regret it. Soon as they can reclaim the real estate transaction fees, they’re out. Look for a massive real estate slump in Florida in about 2 more years. It’s coming as people back out of their Covid relocation mistakes. I guarantee it.

  • SteveHC

    June 17, 2023 at 7:37 pm

    “Miami Mayor Francis Suarez said the launch of his presidential bid coinciding with federal investigations into his business dealings indicates he’s the Republican candidate that Democrats fear the most.” – In that case the guy’s either delusional, is letting his over-inflated ego flatter himself, or is simply engaging in wishful thinking… my bet’s on the latter two. Isig my inagination or does it seem that suddenly 3very Republican politician sees themself as “Presidential material”? Perhaps they are all united in a grand, organized conspiracy to push their party towards the center by knocking out both Trump and DeSantis? Nah…

    • SteveHC

      June 17, 2023 at 7:41 pm

      (sure would be nice to be able to edit out our typos and transmission errors here…)

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    June 18, 2023 at 8:43 am

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  • Dont Say FLA

    June 18, 2023 at 1:40 pm

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