No surprise here: U.S. Reps. Lincoln and Mario Diaz-Balart of Miami have jointly endorsed Gov. Charlie Crist for U.S. Senate in 2010. A statement issued by Crist's campaign Monday quoted Mario Diaz-Balart as citing Crist's "commitment to a strong national defense, a world-class education system and ensuring that all Floridians have access to health care ... I look forward to supporting and campaigning with him."
The support of the Diaz-Balart brothers should help Crist in two areas: becoming more familiar with U.S. policy in Cuba and Latin America and helping to neutralize the support that his opponent, Marco Rubio, has in the Cuban community in greater Miami. Crist and Mario Diaz-Balart, the younger of the two brothers, served together in the state Senate in the 1990s.
-- Steve Bousquet