We don't blog every endorsement in every race, but Sen. John McCain's decision to endorse Republican Ozzie deFaria in the GOP primary for Debbie Wasserman Schultz's seat is a big deal. DeFaria's folks remind us that McCain got over 41,000 votes in Broward County and over 76,000 votes in Miami Dade in the 2008 Presidential Primary. He won Broward County 41% to 24% over Romney in Broward and 49% to 26% over Giuliani in Miami Dade.
The press release:
Weston, FL - The Ozzie deFaria for Congress campaign is proud to announce the endorsement of United States Senator and former Republican Presidential nominee John McCain.
Senator McCain said: "We need more people with Ozzie deFaria's business experience in the United States Congress. As a business leader who helped create thousands of jobs, Ozzie knows how to get America's economic engine back on track. I am confident he will be a consistent conservative leader who will serve the American people with honor and integrity. It is imperative that we have highly qualified conservative candidates like Ozzie to challenge extreme liberals like Debbie Wasserman Schultz."
Ozzie deFaria said: "I am truly honored and humbled to receive the support of Senator John McCain. He is an American hero who has always put our country first. His record fighting government waste and pork barrel spending is one I hope to emulate in the United States Congress. I look forward to working with Senator McCain in the coming years."
In February, Ozzie was named an "On the Radar" candidate as part of the National Republican Congressional Committee's prestigious Young Guns program. He is a first generation citizen who has lived the American dream without one government handout. He worked his way through college and then climbed the ranks at AT&T to become an executive managing a $1.5 billion portfolio. He left AT&T to serve as the CEO and COO of other firms. Throughout his career, Ozzie helped create over 2,000 private sector jobs and added $800 million to the economy.
Ozzie is set to give Debbie Wasserman Schultz her first serious challenge for Congress. He has reported more in total receipts than Wasserman Schultz's general election opponents in 2008 and 2010 combined.