The two Miami Democrats looking to oust Reps. Lincoln and Mario Diaz-Balart just got major face time on the podium at the Democratic National Convention, prompting a sustained eruption from a boisterous Florida delegation.
Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the Maryland Democrat who is in charge of boosting the number of Democrats in the House, called out Joe Garcia, the former chair of the Miami-Dade Democratic party, saying he was "leading an incredible grassroots campaign across Florida’s 25th District."
And he introduced Raul Martinez as "a proven leader and the beloved mayor of Hialeah running in Florida's 21st."
The Florida contingent from its front row perch was so excited by the Floridians on the stage, a laughing Van Hollen twice tried to quiet them.
They shared the stage with 6 other congressional aspirants the party considers promising, including Christine Jennings, who is challenging Republican Rep. Vern Buchanan, whom she lost to in 2006 by fewer than 400 votes. Van Hollen introduced her as a "bank teller who worked her way up to president, a pioneering businesswoman and community leader."