The prosecutor’s race in Miami promises to be a tight one now that a former state and federal prosecutor has entered. Gary Rosenberg, who spent 13 years in the Miami-Dade state attorney’s office, will run as an independent. The Miami Herald says that means incumbent Katherine Fernández Rundle, the only Democrat so far, will face him and a Republican in November. Three Republicans — former Broward prosecutor Al Milián, attorney and Miami Lakes Councilman Michael Pizzi, and former Circuit Judge Leslie Rothenberg — will compete in a September primary to face Fernández Rundle and Rosenberg in November.
Rosenberg vowed to on tough, controversial cases such as police shootings and corruption. “These tough cases will be tried by me and won’t be handed off to a federal agency or another [outside] prosecutor,” he said. Fernández Rundle, who succeeded Janet Reno, has been criticized as being soft on corruption and of mishandling several cases of questionable police shootings in which federal prosecutors have won convictions.
A feud between the head of the Miami-Dade Police Benevolent Association, which represents 6,500 officers, and Fernández Rundle has sharpened in the past four years. The PBA backed Milián in 2000 — Fernández Rundle’s only serious challenge — and now employs him as an attorney.