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Joe Garcia: "Today I'd like to announce my candidacy for Congress"

Former Miami-Dade Democratic party chief Joe Garcia resigned Tuesday from the Obama administration to jump into a hotly contested race for a congressional seat in Miami.

Garcia, who landed a job at the Energy Department after coming within six points of ousting Republican Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart in 2008, announced today his second run for the seat -- which Diaz-Balart is vacating to run for his brother's more Republican-leaning district. "This is a tough time. I know how battered the economy is and I know that the people of South Florida need a voice, they need a voice for their future,'' Garcia said Tuesday.

In a video announcing his candidacy, he takes aim at his leading Republican rival, "a Tallahassee incumbent politician" -- state Rep. David Rivera -- accusing Tallahassee of "fighting against teachers and students instead of for them," and building a "luxury stadium while raising taxes."