The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee is putting up $150,000 to support Annette Taddeo in the Miami Democrat’s general election match-up against former state Rep. Jose Felix “Pepi” Diaz.
The national Democratic committee highlighted the SD 40 special election as a “Spotlight Race,” and made the pledge after Taddeo handily defeated Ana Rivas Logan in a primary late last month.
“With Annette in the Florida Senate, Democrats will be one step closer to taking back the chamber in 2018,” DLCC Executive Director Jessica Post in Thursday’s announcement. “The Spotlight Races platform will highlight Annette to the national progressive community and help future supporters get to know her and her campaign. We will employ DLCC programs and lessons learned from our previous wins this year to ensure Annette’s campaign has a winning strategy in place, access to the best data, and an expansive field plan. DLCC is proud to stand with this community leader as she fights to protect Democratic values at the state level.”
The big bucks from the DLCC overshadow the $100,000 the organization’s Republican equivalent — the Republican State Leadership Committee — announced it has earmarked to get Diaz elected.
SD 40 is one of a handful of true swing seats. Democrats have a slight edge in voter registration, but the district is almost evenly split between Republicans, Dems and voters with no party affiliation.