I’ve know Joe Garcia for a long time, first as Director of NDN’s Hispanic Strategy Center, then as a congressional candidate in South Florida in 2008. He remains a good friend.
Joe’s a fighter. He refuses to accept that hard line Republicans "control" the Cuban vote — that somehow jobs, health care, education, and more moderate Cuban remittance and travel restrictions aren’t in line with the needs of most Cuban-Americans. He stands up for what he believes in, accepts nothing for granted, and works tirelessly on behalf of people in his community.
Its that passion that drove him to the cusp of a major upset last cycle in FL-25 — coming within six points of beating Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart.
So, when Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart announced he would be retiring and that Mario would be running in his district, it left a large opening in FL-25. Simon Rosenberg does a good job explaining the stakes of a potential Joe Garcia run:
Simon Rosenberg, the president and founder of NDN and a Democrat with past experience working in South Florida, said Garcia would be the best candidate — and that his candidacy would be particularly important, because the race means more to some Democrats than simply picking up a House seat.
“This is not a typical congressional fight right now,” Rosenberg said. “This has implication for control of the most important swing state in American politics. … The Cuban-American political machine in South Florida was instrumental in giving George Bush the presidency in 2000. To break apart the Republican Cuban machine in South Florida is a national priority for the Democratic Party.”
Garcia, the former executive director of the Cuban American National Foundation, has the credentials and the contacts to run the kind of campaign that could begin to dismantle the GOP’s longstanding alliance with South Florida’s large Cuban-American community.
Do me a favor and help draft Joe to run again! There are two things you can do right now:
- Become a supporter of “Draft Joe Garcia” on Facebook:
- Donate to Joe on ActBlue. All funds will be transferred to the Garcia campaign should he decide to run:
We need Joe Garcia in Congress. Let’s all chip in and do what we can to make it happen.