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  •  Are you out of your minds? (0+ / 0-)

    Garcia was involved in the fanatical Cuban American National Foundation, AND part of the New Democratic Network, the pro-business democrats?

    With Dems like Garcia, who needs Republicans?

    •  It's a GOP district (6+ / 0-)

      You can't expect to have a Democrat in the mold of a Barney Frank or a Russ Feingold.

    •  NDN's Hispanic project (8+ / 0-)

      is doing the best work in the entire country pushing back against anti-immigrant sentiment in DC, and I've used its research to convince campaigns all around the country to advocate for sensible immigration reform.

      Meanwhile, Joe wants out of Iraq and wouldn't give retroactive immunity to telecom companies who spied on us.

      So what exactly is your beef?

      •  The CANF was pretty bad news in the Jorge Mas (0+ / 0-)

        Canosa era.  I still recall attending a Paul Simon for Prez function over 20 years ago where I got into a heated discussion w/ a CANF member.  In the 90's, Mas unleashed a major ad campaign against the Miami Herald, which tended to intimidate a lot of other news outlets as well.

        Mas was a BFF of JoeMentum.  Joe, in fact, spent the better part of the day 9 days before the 2000 election visiting Mas's grave and sucking up to the CANF.  Maybe the CANF isn't as bad today as it was when Mas harbored ambitions of becoming a latter-day Batista, but Garcia's ties to it aren't a selling point.

        Some men see things as they are and ask why. I see things that never were and ask why not?

        by RFK Lives on Wed Mar 19, 2008 at 02:23:34 PM PDT

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        •  Perhaps CANF is the reason why Debbie opposes (0+ / 0-)

          The Miami Herald article I read said Debbie was so successful precisely because she opposes loosening restrictions on Cuba.  The CANF website includes this (for example):

          This is precisely why, a liberalization of Cuban American travel is also crucial to learning more about the internal situation and helping to further destabilize the regime’s hold on power.  

          It appears Republicans are so successful catering to the anti Fidel crowd, and Debbie was successful by catering to the same group.  If they want to elect Democrats there, the DCCC might pay attention to a winning strategy.

          I love the 50 state strategy, but I've thought the DCCC's candidate selection process leaves a lot to be desired ever since Tammy Duckworth.

          OTOH, I know next to nothing about South Florida, so I'll just stay out of this.  But I would like to read an analysis by a subject matter expert -- instead of the "off with her head" comments from people who I suspect know less than I do on the subject.

          Bush Administration: Proving the saying, "You can fool most of the people some of the time, and 30% 24% 19% all the time."

          by Helpless on Wed Mar 19, 2008 at 04:40:36 PM PDT

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    •  That's rediculous (6+ / 0-)

      Joe turned CANF into a more moderate institution while it was previously controlled by only Republicans.

      Here he was on Florida Progressive Radio talking about the war in Iraq, the netroots, the Democratic Party, and public financing:

      The impact that it has is fabulous. A lot of Hispanics read this kind of thing...the effect this is having is phenomenal. It’s also having an impact in Washington in the supposed geniuses in Washington who for ten years have tried taking back Congress.

      ...

      The very fact that people are expressing their will is impacting politics....the Republicans are talk-down with no bubble effect [from the bottom-up]...Republicans are always going to have more money, but they’re not able to control the medium.

      ...

      Part of what has to happen, the netroots has to be play a bigger role so the Democrats find their courage again. We’ve lost courage in the biggest issues of the day. We tend to be scared off by Iraq, rather than truely supporting our troops by bringing them home. We talk about campaign finance reform and are scared about the costs, rather than fixing the political system that is paid for by special interests, fixed for special intersts and run by special interests.

      ...

      I want to thank everyone for doing this, what you’re doing is important...Thank you very much."

      On the issue of Cuba, he wants to end travel restrictions and allow unification of families. That's an even more progressive position than Rep Wasserman Schultz and most other Democrats, especially in Florida.

    •  Confused? (1+ / 0-)
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      WayneNight

      What is so pro-business about the New Democratic Network? Maybe you are thinking of the Democratic Leadership Conference, the DLC.

      TheNDN site describes them as "A 21st Century Progressive Advocacy and Political Organization."

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