Russell’s rejection of $77,000 a window into hectic week after Miami election

by David Smiley

For Ken Russell, it was a whirlwind 72 hours.

First, the underdog candidate emerged from a Nov. 3 general election as the heavy favorite to win the city’s powerful District 2 commission seat. Then, his phone began to ring off the hook with requests for interviews and meetings, to the point he simply bought a new phone.

And finally, after his lone remaining opponent dropped out of the race, the money poured in, much of it solicited by Commissioner Francis Suarez, Commissioner Frank Carollo and Mayor Tomás Regalado. In just a matter of days, Russell, suddenly Miami’s most popular politician, had nearly doubled what he’d raised in eight months.

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