Biden backs Taddeo in Miami-Dade special election

-zpwMHaG_400x400Former Vice President Joe Biden, a darling of the working-class crowd, has thrown his support behind Annette Taddeo, a Democrat vying for an open Miami-Dade County state Senate seat against Republican state Rep. Jose Felix Diaz.

Biden’s backing comes days before Tuesday’s special election, where early voting is underway. More than 24,000 ballots already have been cast through the mail, according to the Miami-Dade County elections office website.

“We have a real shot to elect a strong Democrat and proven leader, Annette Taddeo to the state senate. If you believe we need stronger schools, protect access to affordable healthcare and stronger communities then you need to make your plans to vote for Annette Taddeo,” Biden said in a press release issued by Taddeo’s campaign Thursday.
Taddeo, who was Congressman Charlie Crist‘s running-mate in Crist’s unsuccessful bid for governor three years ago, said she is “thrilled” to have Biden’s support for her “people-powered campaign.”
Scott set the special election date in the Senate District 40 race earlier this year after former state Sen. Frank Artiles was forced to resign from his seat following a profanity-laced and racially tinged outburst at a private club near the Capitol.