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President Bush to raise $$ for the Diaz-Balarts

President Bush will raise money for Lincoln and Mario-Diaz Balart this Friday at a fundraiser in Naples.

The afternoon luncheon will benefit the Diaz-Balart's "Florida Victory Committee," a joint fundraising account the two set up late last month. The account allows the pair -- who face their first significant re-election challenge -- to raise money along with the Republican Party of Florida.

Mario Diaz-Balart's district stretches across the Everglades, into Naples, but his opponent, Joe Garcia, is accusing the Miami Republicans of hiding, noting the fundraiser is "far, far away from our community" and is closed to the press.

"Apparently, Mario Diaz-Balart likes to vote with President Bush and take his money, but he doesn't want to be seen with him in public," Garcia's campaign said in an e-mailed fundraising appeal. "This isn't the first time Mario Diaz-Balart hides from you.  A few weeks ago he skipped a debate with Joe Garcia that had been on his calendar for over a month."