Miami’s Republican mayor lays groundwork for presidential run…

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez’s political operation is making subtle but significant moves toward a potential White House run, Axios has learned.Why it matters: A presidential bid by Suarez, a Republican, would test his party’s acceptance of internal dissent: he’s publicly criticized both former President Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, considered the two clear favorites for the 2024 nomination.Suarez is nonetheless considered a rising political star who’s overseen the ascendance of one of America’s fastest-growing and most dynamic cities.He currently serves as president of the United States Conference of Mayors, which represents over 1,400 cities with populations of 30,000 or more.Driving the news: Suarez and his political team are now looking to take that brand national — and, specifically, to states crucial for any presidential aspirant.In January, a handful of his political consultants formed a group called Agenda for America.In May, the group began running digital ads targeting Facebook and Instagram users in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, according to Meta advertising data.The ads touch on high-profile national issues central to the current GOP messaging, with hits on “Bidenflation,” education policy, immigration and crime.In April, Suarez filed paperwork with city officials disclosing his intention to raise money for Agenda for America.The group’s president, Jesse Manzano-Plaza, is a …

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