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Florida AFL-CIO backs Luis Meurice -- not Joe Garcia like it did in 2008

It turns out that when the unions in the South Florida AFL-CIO threw their support behind Luis Meurice last month, it was a sign of things to come.

On Sunday, the statewide AFL-CIO -- Florida's largest union -- endorsed Meurice in the race for the 25th Congressional District. In 2008, the union, like its South Florida chapter, backed Democrat Joe Garcia.

Now they are with the lesser-known Meurice, a 32-year union member of the International Longshoreman Association who is also a Democrat.

"We are so proud that the entire delegate body of the Florida Labor Movement rallied behind one of our own -- and it's about time," Fred Frost, president of the South Florida AFL-CIO, said in a statement.