Penelas Campaign Kickoff

Miami-Dade Mayor Alex Penelas began the public phase of his campaign for the U.S. Senate Monday. Penelas chose Tallahassee where he spent time in a job center. The mayor also showed he's a master at publicity.

Miami-Dade Mayor Alex Penelas spent more than an hour in the work force development center. Cameras were not allowed inside.

"I've heard a lot about having an incredible amount of over educated individuals in a job market that just simply doesn't have enough jobs for them," said Mayor Penelas.

The mayor was peppered with questions about the alleged incidents of violence by police during the FTAA meetings last week.

"And I stand by the fine men and women who were out there getting spit at, people throwing rocks at them, paint at them, bags full of manure. I stand by those folks. If anyone did something inappropriately we will look into it," Mayor Penelas added.

Penelas has raised $2 million and says winning the primary will take at least two million more, and has already started taking shots at the GOP.

"The problem is they are not just spending too much, they are also borrowing too much. It's borrow and spend, as opposed to tax and spend which is what they have accused democrats of doing," said Mayor Penelas.

The Miami-Dade mayor authored and pushed the pre-k amendment approved by voters in 2002 and has a statewide base from that campaign. Ten months remain before democrats choose a nominee.

Former education commissioner Betty Castor and south Florida congressman Peter Deutsche are the mayors likely democratic opponents. Five others are expected to vie for the seat in the republican primary.