Miami is known for political high drama, but the latest contretemps there are particularly strange, even by south Florida standards, says the New York Times. Miami's mayor, Tomas Regalado, has accused the city's Police Department of conducting surveillance on him. After spotting a suspicious car outside his home, he declared that he felt “very threatened.” The police chief, Miguel Exposito, has accused the mayor of improperly trying to disrupt a covert investigation into illegal gambling. The mayor, he said, has “gone beyond the legal bounds” of his office. Both officials deny wrongdoing, but as their sparring intensifies, it seems likely to threaten their ability to work together.
The two men “cannot possibly co-exist anymore,” said Richard P. Dunn, a city commissioner who represents Northern Miami. “It's just embarrassing.” The police chief has even asked the FBI to look into the mayor's actions. The mayor has said the police chief has been stoking the controversy in a bid to save his own job. John Timoney, Miami's last police chief and a deputy police commissioner in New York City during the Giuliani administration, said, “Nobody that I know, and I know lots of people, has ever seen or experienced anything like this.”