- Miami Mayor Francis Suarez wants Twitter to move from San Francisco to Miami.
- He told Insider that he contacted people close to Twitter CEO Elon Musk.
- Suarez and Musk have yet to have a conversation about it, the mayor said.
MIAMI, FL – Miami Mayor Francis Suarez hasn’t given up on trying to steer Twitter away from San Francisco.
“I think they belong here,” Suarez told Insider during an interview Wednesday at City Hall. “I think their rebranding fits with our city, which is a city that values freedom and free speech.”
Suarez publicly urged Twitter to move its headquarters to Miami, tweeting the suggestion to CEO Elon Musk in early December.
But Musk, one of the richest people in the world who is also CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, did not get back to Suarez even though the mayor tried to reach him through multiple channels. The two have yet to have a phone call about the prospect, Suarez said.
“I contacted him through several different sources from people I know are close to him, friends of his, former board members of his companies, people who help him in the project,” Suarez said. “I haven’t heard from you yet. Obviously, it’s a super complex situation with everything that’s going on.”
Suarez offered to move the company’s headquarters from San Francisco after Forbes reported that the city’s building inspectors had launched an investigation into reports that Twitter had converted several offices at its headquarters into bedrooms so that workers can work long hours and sleep there.
Musk tweeted about the news and interrogates The priorities of the mayor of San Francisco, London Breed.
“So the City of SF is attacking companies that provide beds for tired employees instead of making sure kids are safe from fentanyl,” he wrote.
Suarez then took to Twitter to say it was time for the social media giant to make a geographic shift for his business. Suarez, 45, is a Republican but the Miami mayor’s office is considered nonpartisan.
—Mayor Francis Suarez (@FrancisSuarez) December 7, 2022
If Twitter made the leap to Miami, it would be far from the only major company to do so. Suarez pushed the city to become a major tech hub — a migration that was particularly pronounced during the 2020 pandemic shutdowns.
One of Miami’s biggest business gains has been hedge fund and financial services firm Citadel, which moved its headquarters from Chicago. Citadel CEO Ken Griffin is a top donor to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, and Suarez said such business migrations would help make Miami what he called the “capital of capital” and “the epicenter of capital aggregation and deployment”.
“These kinds of high-motion events have the ability to change the dynamics and continue the process of changing our city’s reputation – from a city that was just a place to go for fun, or a place where you might go to retire, a place where you could do serious business,” he said.
Suarez, who is of Cuban descent, told Insider that Musk’s repositioning of Twitter made it a perfect fit for Miami because “it’s a city built on the American dream and the American experience of working hard and want to improve”. Nearly three-quarters of Miami residents are Hispanic, and Suarez said many families who live here come from countries where “liberties are suppressed.”
As CEO of Twitter, Musk has promised to unleash free speech. It changed Twitter’s content moderation policies and reinstated some banned accounts, including that of former President Donald Trump.
Musk, however, also temporarily suspended the accounts of a number of journalists after accusing them of “doxing”. Some of the reporters had written about the suspension of the @ElonJet account, a Twitter account that used publicly available information to track the whereabouts of Musk’s private jet.
It’s unclear if Musk plans to move the company’s headquarters. A Twitter Insider message sent to the company’s communications team went unanswered.
Musk formally acquired Twitter in October for $44 billion, and since then has cut the company’s workforce by roughly half. It launched new features and revoked others, and various celebrities left the platform. Musk said he would step down as CEO once he found someone else to fill the role.
Asked about the “Twitter files” of internal company deliberations that Musk released to select freelance journalists, Suarez said he wasn’t “too shocked” because of perceptions that already exist about the company. under the previous management.
The “Twitter Files” report included communications that showed how Twitter employees decided which tweets or accounts to remove and elevate, as well as contributions from government entities during the Biden and Trump administrations.
“Maybe it will create some measure of responsibility and the fear that if you work in a company it could happen,” Suarez said. “Someone might buy the company saying, ‘Hey, we’re going to release our practices and procedures,’ so you should think about that possibility.”