Doral City Manager Joe Carollo Denies Making Racist Statements

Friday, Sep 27, 2013  |  Updated 9:16 AM EDT
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Former Miami Mayor Joe Carollo Hired as Doral City Manager

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Former Miami Mayor Joe Carollo Hired as Doral City Manager

Joe Carollo was a polarizing, controversial figure during his time as Miami's mayor, and he did not mince words when addressing his past critics in an interview Thursday. Merrett Stierheim, who abruptly resigned as Doral's interim manager before Carollo was officially hired for the position, said that a professional manager should stay out of politics, but Carollo is "in it up to his ears."
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Doral City Manager Joe Carollo denies accusations that he physically and verbally attacked a Venezuelan businessman in charge of a luxury development in Doral.
 
The Miami Herald reports Juan Carlos Tovar accuses Carollo of making racist statements following a Wednesday night vote on a plan that benefits his project. Tovar filed a complaint with the Doral Police Department on Thursday.
 
Tovar says Carollo pulled him into another room and called him a chavista - a supporter of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
 
Carollo told the newspaper Tovar's accusations are "a lie."
 
Police are investigating Tovar's claims.
 
The Herald reports Tovar became involved in the project in May after Doral Mayor Luigi Boria's sold their half of the project to him after ethical questions about the deal stalled its progress.

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