Joe Garcia

Great to see. From the diaries, Jerome

Today, I'm joining Joe Garcia's congressional campaign in FL-25 (South Florida). I'm jumping on-board because Joe is exactly the type of candidate we need to create a Democratic wave in 2008. His campaign rejects the usual assumptions: that only Republicans can represent Cuban-Americans, that the entrenched South Florida, Cuban-Republican machine can't be beat, that since Joe's opponent drew his own congressional district, he is somehow untouchable. These traditional arguments are garbage and it's about time we have a candidate that challenges them.

I met Joe while he was directing NDN's Hispanic Strategy Center. Joe was also previously the executive director of the Cuban American National Foundation (CANF), the most prominent Cuban-American political organization in the country. He understands Cuban-Americans, the effect of current federal policy on Cuban-American families, and the real needs of average South Floridians – health care, the environment, and the economy.

A Garcia win would have a huge spill-over effect: it would break the traditional Republican stronghold of Cuban-American voters; it would provide a huge boost to the Democratic presidential ticket in Florida; and it would give Democrats something they badly need in Washington – a Democratic, Cuban-American surrogate leading South Florida.

Garcia's campaign is bottom-up, supported by droves of South Floridians who are sick of the way Washington is run. And these supporters, through Joe Garcia's campaign, are going to force real change. While the campaign is only a few weeks old, it has already attracted 750 donors – more than three times what the incumbent Republican representative has received in any fundraising quarter over the past two cycles.

We are hoping to carry this momentum through to the end of quarter – March 31st. In the next two weeks, we need 250 new donors to reach 1,000 donors and send a strong message across South Florida and the country. Please help, if you can:

Garcia's positions are right on the mark: he demands the return of our troops from Iraq, rejects retroactive immunity for telecommunications companies, and wants to aggresively protect the everglades and confront climate change. His ideas are driven by conviction, not politics, and he would be a welcome change for Miami, Washington, and this country.

Joe's campaign is committed to including the netroots in this campaign. We will be updating this community regularly, and will count on your suggestions, donations, and participation. Thanks.

Tags: Environment, everglades, FL-25, Florida, Iraq, Joe Garcia (all tags)



Re: Joe Garcia

Good for Joe.

I'll give him some $.

Hillary's sister in law is a Dem Cubana. Bill Clinton got the highest % of Cuban votes than any other Dem since JFK....just saying.

by John Wesley Hardin was a Friend to the Poor 2008-03-19 07:04AM | 0 recs
Re: Joe Garcia

Too bad for Joe.

You gonna rob him blind the way you did Dean?

Who's firm is Joe using for his media buys?

by MediaFreeze 2008-03-19 07:08AM | 0 recs
Do ya

have to be a jerk?

by kevin22262 2008-03-19 07:30AM | 0 recs
Re: Do ya

I remember Iowa. It's not me being a jerk. Ask Joe Trippi about how much money he made off of the grassroots Dean supports from ad buys in Iowa.

by MediaFreeze 2008-03-19 08:28AM | 0 recs
Da*n! You beat me to it!

by allimom99 2008-03-19 05:04PM | 0 recs
good luck

Our candidates in Florida are going to need it, especially if we go into the general having ignored their votes from the primary.

by desmoinesdem 2008-03-19 07:20AM | 0 recs
Thanks for the heads up!

Good Luck! Keep posting here and enjoy the mayhem!

By the way, have you talked with John Edwards lately? How are he and Elizabeth doing?

by kevin22262 2008-03-19 07:32AM | 0 recs
Re: Joe Garcia

Garcia would have a lot more support if he would come out and openly support Hillary and be a voice to have the Florida vote count. BTW, I'm a Florida voter.

by grlpatriot 2008-03-19 07:56AM | 0 recs
Re: Joe Garcia

Good luck, Joe.

Thanks for all you did for the Edwards campaign.  Glad you still are trying to make real change.

by TomP 2008-03-19 09:40AM | 0 recs
Re: Joe Garcia

Obama's speech yesterday must have worked. I haven't heard a word about the preacher on TV yet today. I guess they'd rather move on than deal with the real issues Obama raised.

Even saw Hillary doing an (bad) imitation of the speech.

by Kobi 2008-03-19 10:49AM | 0 recs
Re: Joe Garcia

Congratulations! Hope his candidacy will be a success. This will be an uphill climb not because of the candidate, but because of the current climate. If there is not some compromise with the FL vote the down ticket is going to suffer. I happen to be a Floridian and Hillary supporter.

by LadyEagle 2008-03-19 11:11AM | 0 recs
by nogo war 2008-03-19 11:26AM | 0 recs
Re: Joe Garcia

Joe, will Debbie Wasserman-Schultz agree to support the democrat or continue to say she has to stick by the republican incumbent because of her close relationship to him?

She is heading up the committee to elect democrats ,after all..

I presume that Joe Garcia would have a hard time endorsing Hillary with Hillary's number one florida operative,Schultz, openly supporting his GOP opponent?

Is this how Hillary supports the democratic party also? Just asking.

by hawkjt 2008-03-19 11:36AM | 0 recs

That's awesome, congrats man, and all the best, you know what to do and how to do it, looking forward to your involvement.

by neutron 2008-03-19 01:14PM | 0 recs
Re: Joe Garcia

He understands Cuban-Americans, the effect of current federal policy on Cuban-American families, and the real needs of average South Floridians - health care, the environment, and the economy.

Someone set me straight on this.

Every time I have visited South Florida, what I have seen is that the economy there pretty much revolves around bulldozing and draining and paving what remains of the environment. And that seemed, from what I could tell, to be a universally acclaimed agenda among Floridians. I have talked to dozens of them and not a one seemed especially distressed by this. They were all more focused on getting what they personally could get while the getting was good. Transcended political party, race, gender and faith. The proverbial debauch of grab.

Lest you think that the pot is calling the kettle black, I live in a part of California where it is virtually a statutory mandate for everyone to refer to themselves as "an environmentalist", often prefixed with the words "dedicated" or "passionate". Has that slowed them down in the smallest bit from carpeting the last few fragments of California wildland here with luxury condominiums, McMansions and strip malls? It has not. Nor do I expect for it to do so.


by marquer 2008-03-19 01:39PM | 0 recs
Re: Joe Garcia

There's a big movement here to elect "responsible growth" candidates, especially on county commissions. Democrats who advocated these policies have picked up several seats on once very Conservative Venice and Sarasota commissions, as well as my home county in central Florida (1st Democrat and very pro-environment in a very long time). People are very tired of all the growth which is hurting our real estate markets and causing inflation.

Mario Diaz-Balart got a 15% rating from LCV in a district that represents the Everglades. This is something we need to turn around.

by Progressive America 2008-03-19 03:20PM | 0 recs
Re: Joe Garcia

Joe it's great you've joined the campaign! It's time for change to come to South Florida.

Joe would be a progressive leader in Congress and a victory by him would start a seachange on Cuba policy and an end to Republican control in the area.

This race offers us the opportunity to replace someone with a 15% rating on the environment from LCV with someone who will defend the Everglades in the district. We can replace someone who voted against health care for children with someone who will vote the right way.

Let's elect Joe, so we can have people who will stand with the netroots over corporate insiders.

by Progressive America 2008-03-19 03:28PM | 0 recs
Re: Joe Garcia

Garica sounds like an exciting prospect for the progressive movement in Florida. My wife has family in the 25th district and I think there could be a real shot there, based on the generational political shift I've seen firsthand within the Cuban-American community.

On another note, anyone notice something familiar about Garcia's website? It's remarkably similar to Obama's site (with lower production values). Even Garcia's logo has some Obamaness going on -- check out th the "O" in "JOE." Anyone know who Garcia is supporting for POTUS?

by kietro 2008-03-19 08:44PM | 0 recs


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