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Attacks Continue to Fly in S. Florida Even Before Congressional Redistricting Finalized

September 21, 2015 - 12:30pm
Carlos Curbelo and Annette Taddeo
Carlos Curbelo and Annette Taddeo

Even with congressional redistricting up in the air until the state judiciary making a final ruling on new maps, the contest is heading up between U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., and former Miami-Dade Democratic Party Chairwoman Annette Taddeo. 

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) showcased a report from Saint PetersBlog on Taddeo’s finances. Earlier in the year, the NRCC slammed Taddeo’s claim to be “middle class” despite her wealth.

“Multimillionaire Annette Taddeo really wants you to think she’s ‘middle-class,’ as she claimed earlier this year, but her latest financial filing is pulling the curtain back on who she really is,” the NRCC noted on Friday. “To go with her 6,500-square-foot mansion, we now know that she also has more than 50 trust funds to go along with several tax-deferred IRAs and wealth-management accounts, according to Saint PetersBlog. Taddeo’s so desperate to run for office again after her failed bid as Charlie Crist’s running-mate last year that she’s willing to fudge the truth.”

Taddeo’s team fired back earlier over the week, ripping Curbelo for voting to defund Planned Parenthood, calling his vote “unacceptable” and planning to “hold him accountable" for the vote. 

“Planned Parenthood is under attack across the country -- and even right here in Florida,” Taddeo’s campaign insisted. “Republican Gov. Rick Scott launched an extensive and expensive investigation into Planned Parenthood. He found nothing. Here are the facts: Florida has 23 Planned Parenthood centers that help more than 70,000 women every single year. Yet Congressman Curbelo voted to defund the organization on Friday and has a consistent record of voting against women’s rights. Annette believes all Americans should have access to affordable health care.”

Earlier in the week, Taddeo’s camp noted their candidate was drawing heat from the GOP. 

“Speaker Boehner's campaign arm released a new ad in South Florida to prop up Curbelo,” Taddeo’s team emailed supporters last week, insisting “Speaker Boehner and Republican big money barons" and “outside special interest groups” will target her in 2016. 

For his part, Curbelo has showcased his opposition to President Barack Obama’s deal with Iran over its nuclear program and has urged Republicans to take back the White House next year. 

“After the last six years of President Obama’s disastrous policies, we need a president who can unite Americans," Curbelo noted on Thursday. “With self-proclaimed socialist Bernie Sanders leading many Democratic polls, it’s crucial that our nominee unite Americans around conservative small government principles.”


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