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Crist's Miami peeps sign with McCain

U.S. Sen. John McCain has tapped Gov. Charlie Crist's campaign coordinators in South Florida to lay the groundwork for his presidential campaign in the state.

Carlos Curbelo and Danny Lopez are the managing partners of a Coral Gables-based political consulting firm shrewdly named Capitol Gains. They helped Crist gain Florida's capitol; now they are going to help McCain take the nation's. The two also have also worked for U.S. Reps. Lincoln and Mario Diaz-Balart.

Curbelo and Lopez, who are both Cuban-American, will be working with Spanish-language media, introducing McCain to local political leaders, and organizing campaign events.

"Sen. McCain's vast experience on foreign policy matters, his commitment to fiscal responsibility, and his conservative record making him the strongest candidate for president of the United States,'' Lopez said.