In the boogie down known as Miami-Dade County, politics is considered a bloodsport and if an occasional punch is thrown during a heated political campaign, the action would be dismissed as just another arroz con pollo political moment in Miami.
This was the case today in Hialeah, where newly-elected Hialeah City Commissioner Oscar De la Rosa, not to be confused with boxer Oscar De la Hoya, was involved in a physical encounter at the Trigo Cuban-American restaurant.
De la Hoya, sorry, De La Rosa told The Floridian that he was sitting at the restaurant bar waiting for his take out order when another city commissioner invited him over to a table where city commission candidate Luis Gonzalez and his posse were sitting.
De La Rosa said that when he went to greet him, a visibly angry Gonzalez stated, “ don’t f*cking touch me,” prompting his friend and supporter “George” from the city’s zoning and planning division, to attempt to throw a punch at him.
George, with his fist cocked back, was held back by the others at the table, while De La Rosa headed back to the counter to pick up his food.
Ironically, when De La Rosa lived in Los Angeles he worked as an actor and landing several movie roles, including a lead role in the movie “Lionheart” as …wait for it…. a boxer.
According to De La Rosa, he believes Gonzalez was upset at him for endorsing his opponent in Tuesday’s run-off election.