Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart's anemic fundraising this past quarter -- $26,100 -- has prompted speculation among Democrats that he's not interested in running for re-election.
Not so, the Miami Republican said Wednesday: "I'm not retiring, I'm running for re-election."
Diaz-Balart admits he didn't raise a lot of money in the quarter that ended Dec. 31 -- "you have to give people a break," he said. He said he's got "a bunch of things (fundraisers) planned" and that he's "feeling good about where we are." He finished the quarter with $178,549.
Lincoln Diaz-Balart, by comparison, raised $117,250 for the quarter and has $259,473 on hand.
So what about the speculation over retirement? "They should read into the last election," Mario Diaz-Balart said -- noting he won reelection to the seat in 2008 -- in a good year for Democrats -- and after a spirited and well-funded challenge from Joe Garcia.
Besides, Diaz-Balart just got new business cards made: with all the information in Braille for sight-impaired constituents.
"People are really pleased with them," he said. "It makes it a lot easier for some folks to reach us."