SD 40

Another Fla Dems-backed TV ad starring Trump

Florida Dems are unleashing a TV ad using the man who is sure to become Democrats’ most popular whipping boy — President Donald Trump — in the battle for an open Miami-Dade County state Senate seat.

Democrat Annette Taddeo and Republican Jose Felix Diaz are duking it out over SD 40 after emerging as the winners in last month’s special election primaries. The redrawn Senate seat became available when former state Sen. Frank Artiles, a Republican, was forced to step down after a profanity-laced and racially charged outburst at a private club midway through this year’s legislative session.

The ad, released in English and Spanish in the district where 75 percent of the population is Hispanic, links Diaz — a supporter of the president who once appeared on his TV show, “The Apprentice” — opens with Taddeo watching the now-infamous clip of Trump slamming a bad guy in a WWF stunt.

“Families are too busy to worry about this drama,” Taddeo says, after turning off the TV.

She later alleges that “Jose Felix Diaz supports Trump’s every move,” highlighting services for seniors and coverage of pre-existing medical conditions that would be lost if Trump gets his way and kills the Affordable Care Act, better known as “Obamacare.”

The Florida Democratic Party announced the launch of the ad not long after national Dems said they intend to fork over $150,000 in the SD 40 race.

Yesterday, state Democrats released an ad tying former St. Petersburg mayor Rick Baker to Trump. Baker is trying to unseat incumbent Democrat Rick Kriseman.

National Dems one-up GOP in SD 40 race

taddeoThe 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.


National Republicans dump $100k into SD 40 race

15027495_10154291214996888_8486441146648769022_nFresh off last night’s special primary election victory, former state Rep. Jose Felix “Pepi” Diaz got a six-figure boost from the national Republican State Leadership Committee.

Diaz trounced Alex Diaz de la Portilla, a former Senate majority leader who spent 16 years in the Legislature, in yesterday’s special election for Senate District 40, garnering nearly 58 percent of the votes cast in the GOP primary. Diaz de la Portilla captured about 27 percent of the vote, and Miami lawyer Lorenzo Palomares finished a distant third, with less than 17 percent.

On Wednesday, the RSLC announced it is steering $100,000 to the Florida Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee to help Diaz in his Sept. 26 special election face-off against Democrat Annette Taddeo, who handily defeated opponent Ana Rivas Logan in yesterday’s primary.

“Diaz has been a tireless advocate for Floridians during his tenure in the state House and will continue this work when he joins the state Senate in September. The citizens of the 40th Senate District know Diaz will fight for lower taxes, smaller government and more economic freedom when they send him to Tallahassee in the fall. We are looking forward to helping him keep his district under Republican leadership and are ready to assist him with whatever resources he needs during his general election,”  RSLC President Matt Walter said in a press release.

Diaz has served on the board of the RSLC’s “Future Majority Project,” according to the release.

The special election for the Southwest Miami-Dade County seat comes after former state Sen. Frank Artiles was forced to resign in April following a racially charged and expletive-laced tirade at a private club near the Capitol.

The Senate district is one of a handful of true swing seats in the Senate. Although Democrats hold a slight edge in voter registration, the Southwest Miami-Dade County district is almost evenly split between Republicans, Democrats and voters with no party affiliation.

Dems are hoping to recapture the seat, previously held by former state Sen. Dwight Bullard. Artiles ousted Bullard in November, after the district’s boundaries were redrawn.