Democratic congressional hopeful Joe Garcia appeared with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at a campaign event Sunday afternoon to try to rally the female vote to go to the polls in November.
"We know we have the support, but we have to have people vote," said Pelosi, who spoke at a reception at the Coral Gables home of Miami criminal defense attorney Roy Black. "We have to have no regrets" on election night, she added.
Pelosi was met with applause from the about 70 people in the crowd when she praised President Barack Obama and the federal healthcare reform plan and President Barack Obama. She called Garcia, whom she also campaigned for in 2008, a "force" and someone "who really listens to other people."
Garcia, who unlike his party backs a free-trade agreement with Colombia, said Pelosi met with a handful of Colombian-American leaders at an earlier fundraiser at the home of ex-Hialeah Mayor Raul Martinez. "We won't always agree," Garcia said, but "you know where I stand."
In a statement, National Republican Congressional Committee spokeswoman Joanna Burgos said, "You are the company you keep and the fact that Joe Garcia has no problem being affiliated with liberal Democrat leader Nancy Pelosi and corrupt Raul Martinez should be a warning sign to Florida voters. If elected, Garcia would be a rubber stamp for Pelosi’s tax-and-spend agenda and would have no problem turning a blind eye to corruption and scandal. In a time of economic recession, Florida families need fiscal discipline and genuine leadership -– not Joe Garcia."
Countered Garcia: "When Raul was mayor of Hialeah, he had a balanced budget," Garcia said. "If Florida's budget has a problem it's because the budget chair in the house, David Rivera, did something wrong, not Nancy Pelosi."