And it’s on:
Stephen Ross, the Miami Dolphins owner who vowed to avenge his political loss in Tallahassee earlier this year, is recruiting candidates to run against two lawmakers who opposed using public dollars to partly fund a $350 million renovation to Sun Life Stadium, the Miami Herald has learned.
Ross’ political group, Florida Jobs First, is reaching out to potential candidates to pose primary challenges to GOP state Reps. Michael Bileca and Carlos Trujillo. They were perhaps the most strident opponents to the football club’s proposal, which died when the Florida House failed to take a floor vote on Dolphins-backed legislation.
The Miami Herald also notes that Florida house speaker Will Weatherford, who was instrumental in blocking the Dolphins deal and who Ross for some reason has steered clear of so far, yesterday appointed Trujillo to head the house’s economic development and tourism subcommittee. Since state elections aren’t until the end of next year, this “ensures that if the Dolphins intended pursue their legislative agenda again in Tallahassee in 2014, those efforts will go nowhere,” writes the Herald. But at least Ross will have something to keep him busy now.