Miami Mayor Seeking 2024 GOP Nomination

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez (R) is seeking the Republican Party’s 2024 White House nod, becoming the third major Florida political figure to enter the race. The mayor, who has bucked a number of Republican policies, may have a tough climb in challenging former President Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R).

Suarez, who is in his second term, announced his bid this week. A political action group (PAC) tied to the mayor released a video complimenting his tenure in office, including a significant reduction in Miami’s crime.

Suarez referenced his family fleeing from communist Cuba, stating that his political success “demonstrates the greatness of this country, that this country provides opportunities to everyone who cares about the American dream.”

The mayor has bucked the Republican Party, announcing that he did not vote for Trump in the 2020 election. 

Suarez said that the former president “did a great job, frankly, in connecting with voters” but inferred that he did not support Trump because he was not “civil” and does not treat “people with respect.” The mayor intimated that he voted for another Republican instead.

The mayor complimented former President Ronald Reagan and called for the GOP to “continue to be a party of liberty and freedom.” 

He said that the Republican Party should be “focused on the environment” and should “solve immigration as an economic issue.”

Suarez received attention earlier this year for criticizing DeSantis, stating that the governor “seems to struggle with relationships, generally.” 

Suarez supported DeSantis’ 2018 opponent, Democrat Andrew Gillum.

President Joe Biden thanked Suarez for attending a White House event in January and for his leadership in the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) criticized the mayor, stating that he “repeatedly used his position to benefit himself, prioritizing pay raises for himself, accepting lavish gifts and taking shady payments.” 

The Democrats described the mayor as part of “the MAGA field” and referred to Suarez and the other GOP contenders as “extreme, self-serving candidates.”

Following the filing of paperwork to seek the White House, Suarez is expected to make a formal announcement at an event at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation.