These are heady days for the Diaz de la Portilla clan. Renier, youngest of the three brothers, is on the verge of winning a seat in the Florida legislature, resurrecting a political career that only two years ago seemed all but dead after a brief but tumultuous stint on the Miami-Dade County School Board. After winning the Republican primary in December, Renier now will face Ofelia Hirigoyen, a Democrat, on January 25. So confident are the political cognoscenti that Renier will win in heavily Republican State House District 115 that the teachers' union, United Teachers of Dade, recently endorsed him, in spite of the fact that Hirigoyen is herself a public school teacher and has been a member of the... More >>>