Press Release

Released: April 10, 2008

Rep. Diaz-Balart lashes out at Joe Garcia

BURLINGTON, VT -- Democracy for America, our nation's largest progressive political action organization, endorsed Joe Garcias campaign to represent Floridas 25th Congressional District because his mainstream, progressive approach stands in stark contrast to the reactionary views of failed Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart. Joe Garcia offers Floridians a real choice in this election cycle and his long record of service to the cause of Cuban freedom means that all Mario Diaz-Balart can bring to the table is character attacks and blustery language. Unlike Mario Diaz-Balart, Joe Garcia is ready to lead on important issues like bringing health care to all Americans, expanding opportunities for good middle-class jobs, and ending the War in Iraq.

In yesterdays Miami Herald, Mario Diaz-Balart accused Joe Garcia of being a left-wing extremist for associating with United States Congressman and Korean War hero Charles Rangel. The reality is Rep. Diaz-Balart is out of touch. Rep. Diaz-Balart has no plan for health care, no plan to bring more jobs to South Florida, and has no plan to end the War in Iraq. Rep. Diaz-Balart is a lapdog for the Bush administration and has consistently sided with the Ann Coulter wing of the Republican Party.

No one has ever accused Rep. Diaz-Balart of being an effective Congressman, but his new attack on Joe Garcia shows what an empty suit he is, said Daniel I. Medress, Communications Director for Democracy for America. Joe Garcia is talking about the issues that matter to South Floridians and Mario Diaz-Balart is running a negative campaign because he cant talk about the issues because he has nothing to offer but failed leadership and empty rhetoric.

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