Now that national stuff is largely settled, time to get back to the local stories. Via the Taddeo campaign.


At the AFL-CIO Candidates’ Forum at the Firefighter’s Memorial Building in Doral, Florida last week, I sat next to an empty chair for two hours and talked about the issues that matter most to working families in South Florida’s 18th Congressional District.

There was an empty chair because my opponent, incumbent Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, skipped an invitation to the first major open forum of the campaign cycle. A week before the event, she delivered the news that she wouldn’t be attending the forum via a spokesperson when The Miami Herald asked.
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is running scared. She knows her district is changing, she knows her party brand is crap, and she knows shes up against a tough competitor in Annette Taddeo. Over the next five months, we'll be dealing with huge races, national issues, groundbreaking, historic events, but we don't want to forget the local stuff as well. Get local, get involved, and let's change the country.

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