Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina issued the following statement today in response to an Aug. 29th Naked Politics blog posting, that incorrectly alluded to his possible support of Congressman Lincoln-Diaz Balart over challenger Raul Martinez -- Hialeah's former mayor. The posting came after a Friday press release from the Republican Party of Florida noting that Diaz-Balart and Robaina would headline the opening of campaign headquarters on Saturday.
Below is Robaina's full written statement to the Herald:
As the Mayor of Hialeah and as a Republican I want to reiterate my unequivocal support and commitment to the Republican Party and electing John McCain and Sarah Palin, as the next president and vice president of the United States.
I am proud and excited about the Republican Presidential Ticket.
In response to the headline that I have chosen sides in the congressional race between Lincoln Diaz Balart and former Mayor Raul Martinez is incorrect and I would appreciate a retraction.
The fact is that I have not endorsed anyone in this hotly contested race. I have the confidence in the voters of the City of Hialeah that they will choose the very best candidate to represent us in Washington.
I have said many times publicly that Raul Martinez is my friend and endorsing Lincoln Diaz-Balart a fellow Republican would be a betrayal of my friendship with Raul Martinez and his family.
My lack of endorsement in this congressional race should not be interpreted as a lack of commitment to the Republican Party and Presidential Ticket of McCain/Palin.
I will do all I can to help John McCain be the next President of the United States.
Mayor Julio Robaina