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August 25, 2008

Wasserman Schultz backing Florida recruits

DENVER — Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) has taken heat from leading liberal activists for her hesitance to openly campaign against the Diaz-Balart brothers, two of her Republican colleagues in Congress who are facing serious reelection challenges.

Her admission in March was even more surprising given that she is the co-chairman of the DCCC’s Red to Blue program, which provides logistical assistance to leading Democratic candidates. And those two Florida races are at the top of the campaign committee's radar screen. 

The two Democratic challengers are among the party’s leading recruits. Former Hialeah Mayor Raul Martinez has been one of the Democrats’ strongest fundraisers, running against Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.). Miami-Dade County Democratic Chairman Joe Garcia has been running a well-organized campaign against Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.).

But today at the Florida delegation breakfast, Wasserman-Schultz said she would be actively involved in helping both Democrats win. Wasserman-Schultz and Martinez embraced after the delegation breakfast this morning, and she wished him luck on the campaign.

“I’ve given 2,500 dollars to Joe Garcia, 5,000 dollars to Raul Martinez. I will be involved in their campaigns and supportive of them,” said Wasserman Schultz. “I haven’t been asked to be an attack dog. I am supporting Raul Martinez and Joe Garcia, and I’m looking forward to their successful election on Nov. 4.”