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Why Does the Herald Care So Much About a Francis Suarez Aide's Dumb Twitter Account?

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BREAKING NEWS: Someone in Miami sort of hates their job and tweets about it.

The Miami Herald has been all over the story of Christina Haramboure's Twitter complaints about constituents. She's the 24-year-old administrative assistant who sits at the bottom rung of Miami commissioner and mayoral candidate Francis Suarez's staff. They've put three reporters on the case, and played an 830-word story on the front page of their Local & State section today about her tweets.

Oddly, when an aide to Mayor Tomas Regalado was arrested in 2010 for trying to interfere with President Barack Obama's motorcade, the paper ignored the story.

If you haven't read the Herald's breathless investigation into a millennial acting like a millennial on social media, here's the gist:

Christina Haramboure, a 24-year-old special aide and administrative assistant in Suarez's District 4 office, has complained about her job using the Twitter handle @ChristinaHam -- at one point this week suggesting that constituents get a lobotomy.

"Dear Constituents...PLEASE GET A LIFE, A HOBBY, A LOBOTOMY ... whatever," Haramboure posted Monday.

Later in the day, she tweeted, "It amazes me how much people like to call here & b*itch at me ALLL DAY. their lives must really suck #leavemealone #socrabby #angryoldpeople."

Marc Caputo then followed the original story up with a 463-word update on the fact that Haramboure also used the racial slur "tira flecha" on Twitter over a year ago.

Haramboure has apologized for the tweets, and Suarez has decided to keep her on staff. She makes $31,000 a year, and her duties are basically that of a receptionist. She does not work for Suarez's campaign.

Of course, if digging into the business of mayoral candidate's staffers is considered important news, it's odd that the Herald never covered or mentioned the 2010 arrest of Ada Rojas, a top aide for Suarez's opponent Tomas Regalado who at the time made over $67,000 a year.

New Times wrote about the arrest:

On October 11, Regalado's resident affairs and special events coordinator found herself blocked from passing through the intersection at SW Eighth Street and 58th Avenue when [President Obama's motorcade] made a pit stop at restaurant El Mago de las Fritas. Rojas allegedly refused to drive her 2010 Volkswagen Jetta around the blockade, so a Miami cop arrested her for failure to obey a law enforcement officer.

Her arrest report noted she had "a strong odor of alcohol was noticed on [her] breath."

Regalado declined to fire her at the time. In fact, according to the Crespogram Report, Regalado gave her two raises totaling $6,000 in the three months following her arrest. A search of the Herald's archives shows that the paper wrote nothing about the arrest or subsequent pay raises and never mentions it in their coverage of the Haramboure tweets.

Update: Haramboure has now been fired.

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10 comments
pirtdab
pirtdab

Both Regalado And Suarez are Crooks!!!! 

Why doesn't ANYONE do a story on the 3rd Candidate: Jeff Benjamin? 

He has a Phd in Neuroscience, and works with Alzheimer patience's.
I Met him him while he was hanging his own signs on Biscayne. He's very approachable and open. No hidden agenda that I can find. He really wants to make Miami a better place for the PEOPLE of Miami; and he is the only one I've heard of that has the plans to make that happen.

His platform includes increasing affordable public transportation, Stabilizing the housing market,  Utilizing energy efficient and sustainable technology to save tax payers money, increase trade with the Caribbean, Addressing homelessness and more.  He is the ONLY candidate that hasn't been involved with corruption and scandal, and if elected; he has plans to address the corruption in our city with the help of the DOJ. 

I see him as perhaps our only opportunity to get an honest and decent person in office as Mayor of the City of Miami. 

I wish the media would press the candidates to hold a public debate, so we can see for ourselves who among them is actually fit for the position. 

We have 3 colleges in this City, MDC, FIU and UM. There should be an open and public debate at each campus between the 3 candidates. 

McDouche
McDouche

Why does the New Times care so much about top 10 lists?

cbsobe
cbsobe

Why Does the New Times Care So Much That the Herald Cared So Much About a Francis Suarez Aide's Dumb Twitter Account?

Just a bunch of sour grapes from the New Times writer 'cause he & NT didn't scoop the Herald on this story.

Alex Pappas
Alex Pappas

she desired what she got...tough life lesson. shell rebound (hopefully) or shell get a reality tv or become famous

jesus10
jesus10

Amen Kirk.  I'm glad someone is finally calling out The Herald on their unabashed pro-Regalado stance.  He must have professional dirt diggers working for him...

EzƦă VɅǹ
EzƦă VɅǹ

Everyone hates their job. Millennials are just too stupid to know that.

Rebecca Chancy
Rebecca Chancy

When you work in certain fields, you're expected to act a certain way in public...

Clemente Morales
Clemente Morales

The Herald is old news. No pun intended. They need to get with it.

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