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We're a few steps closer to getting the gavel back to Nancy Pelosi. Yesterday's primaries in Florida advanced Joe Garcia in the 26th district, facing David Rivera, and Patrick Murphy in the 18th, taking on Allen West. In fact, Murphy was fast out of the gate, putting out this ad reminding Florida that West is allergic to Medicare.

West: "If you support Medicare the way it is now, you can kiss the United States of America goodbye."
Running against West, he says, "is a big part of the race."
"Look, I certainly think I have something to offer. I certainly think I have a vision for the country. I think that our generation ... [has] to do something about what's happening to our country. So that is a big part of why I'm doing it," Murphy said of entering the race. "But I'm also not an idiot and realize that everyone knows who West is, and I hope I'm a good contrast to him." [...]

"His extremism and radicalism and the hatred he preaches—my gosh, whether you're Republican or Democrat, I mean, this is what's killing the country right here. This is totally unbecoming of a leader," Murphy said. "I couldn't believe he got away with it, and then how he was cheered for it."

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From crazy to corrupt. Joe Garcia is set for a rematch against the under-federal-investigation David Rivera. And it's going to be a brawl with Rivera pulling every dirty trick he can muster.
“No one should turn on their television, open up their newspaper or listen to the radio to find out their congressman is under FBI investigation," Garcia said to loud applause from supporters Tuesday night at La Casona restaurant. "It’s time to turn the page and leave these scandals behind."
But Rivera is no easy foe. [...]

During the primary, Rivera stepped in and accused Garcia of leaving his cancer-stricken wife, even though she divorced Garcia. She contributed to her ex-husband’s campaign and also hosted a fundraiser for him.

Then, the attack was repeated in mailers from Sternad, whom Garcia accused of being a ringer candidate doing Rivera’s dirty work.

Sternad and Rivera denied a connection. But Sternad used a Hialeah mail operation once used by Rivera and he used a Rivera associate as a campaign advisor

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In true Republican fashion, Rivera—who is "struggling to stay ahead of prosecutors"—actually said “Joe Garcia is the single-most corrupt career candidate in America." In a newly redrawn district, and with Republican donors less enthused about supporting a candidate who could be indicted at any time, Rivera is more vulnerable than during his last match against Garcia.

These two races aren't just a chance to get two more votes for Nancy Pelosi as speaker, it's our chance to get rid of two of the worst members of the Republican caucus. And we're a step closer to those big wins after yesterday's primary.

Please help give Garcia and Murphy a good start on the general, and give them $3 on ActBlue.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 03:27 PM PDT.

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