Miami Dolphins owner looking for candidates to run against stadium redevelopment foes

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Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is cherry-picking candidates to run against lawmakers who opposed using public dollars to fund part of a $350 million renovation to Sun Life Stadium, reports the Miami Herald.

Ross vowed retaliation on the political loss in Tallahassee last year, using his Florida Jobs First group to recruit candidates to run against state Reps. Carlos Trujillo and Michael Bileca. The two Miami-based Republicans were the fiercest opponents to the Dolphin’s proposal.

The group began with mailed flyers attacking the two legislators, as well as state Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, saying that they are preventing local jobs. Ross’ group also started targeting members of the Miami-Dade councils managing zoning issues, focusing primarily on Hispanic women.

To confound Ross’ legislative agenda further, Speaker Will Weatherford announced that Trujillo would chair the House economic development and tourism subcommittee next year. Weatherford has been a vocal critic of the group targeting of GOP legislators. This move ensures the Dolphin’s stadium redevelopment project will go nowhere in 2014.

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