Joe Garcia to Challenge David Rivera in District 25
Well, this seemed inevitable.
Joe Garcia, the man who has run as a Democrat in Congressional District 25 in the past two elections, is letting it be known that he's about to try one more time and will throw his hat in the ring. The move comes after Democrats have repeatedly stumbled in finding a candidate to take on David Rivera, the vulnerable incumbent Republican who currently holds the seat.
Originally, the Dems enlisted former state Rep. Luis Garcia to take on Rivera, but after the national party started openly courting former Miami-Dade Mayor Alex Penelas to run instead, Garcia not only left the race but plans to leave the party. Penelas's plan to run petered out pretty fast (he didn't want to commute to DC all the time). Gloria Romero Roses, a Broward County businesswoman who doesn't live in the district or have any previous political experience, has announced that she'll run.
Inevitably, though, it appears Joe Garcia may be the Dem's man once again in the district. He lost to Mario Diaz-Balart by six point in 2008. He ran again when Diaz-Balart announced he was jumping districts, but still lost by 9.5 points to Rivera in 2010.
Naked Politics reports that Garcia has been making calls to donors and party members to announce that he'll try once more.
With a redrawn district and Rivera's problems with alleged corruption, he may fair better this time around.
Garcia is the former executive director of the Cuban American National Foundation and former director of the Office of Minority Economic Impact and Diversity of the United States Department of Energy. Though, he has never held an elected office before.