Seen at Soyka: House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and former congressional candidate Annette Taddeo.
Taddeo, a Colombian-born business executive who started her own translation company, earned notice in 2008 for conducting a spirited, if ultimately unsuccessful, challenge of Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.
The lunch comes as state and national Dems are abuzz over the possibility of an open congressional seat in Florida: Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart is giving up his seat to run for his retiring brother's more Republican-friendly seat. Though a half-dozen GOP'ers have said they're interested in running, no Dems have yet jumped into the fray -- though Joe Garcia -- who challenged Diaz-Balart in 2008 has been mentioned as a possibility.
If he runs, Taddeo said, "I will definitely support him." Taddeo said Hoyer invited her to lunch: the two talked politics and the Colombian free trade agreement. Taddeo said the seat "is absolutely winnable for Democrats and whoever the Democratic candidate ends up being, I will be very supportive."
So will it be Taddeo? "I never say never, but at this point I'm not a candidate for the seat."