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Alex Diaz de la Portilla seeks comeback -- in the House

One of the last people to whisk through the state Division of Elections on the last day of candidate qualifying Friday was a familiar face: Alex Diaz de la Portilla, a former Senate majority leader who filed papers seeking a return to the Legislature in the House in District 112, an open seat in Miami-Dade.

He enters a Republican primary against former Rep. Gus Barreiro and Eric Padron. Two Democrats also filed for the seat, Alex Dominguez and Jose Javier Rodriguez. It's the only legislative seat in Miami-Dade with contested primaries in both parties.

Diaz de la Portilla, 47, at one point was eyeing a Senate seat in North Miami-Dade, but that seat is likely to be held by Democrat Gwen Margolis. "That district is obviously not favorable to me," he said. "You have to be realistic in politics. Sen. Margolis is an institution. She always has been." 

As for his House candidacy, he said: "I'm excited about it. I think it's important to bring some experience and some institutional knowledge back to the process in the House." The Miami-Dade political consultant previously served in the House from 1994-2000, followed by 10 years in the Senate.

Alex DLP's brother, Miguel, was re-elected to the Senate without opposition Friday. A third brother, Renier, who previously served in the House, qualified as a Republican candidate in House District 103.

-- Steve Bousquet

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Inksmudgemailout

The Miami Dade caucus is officially now en fuego after today. 2 DLPs, all this, and now Paul Crespo?

Holy crap. Pop the popcorn and start the movie.

mistermister

actually 3 dlps if renier wins

whasup

Who do these DLPs think they are?

The Kennedys, perhaps?

joe blow

sleazeball Alex figured there was no way in hell he would beat Margolis so now he decides to run in a safe house seat full of crazy cubans who would vote for Fidel Castro if he had a R next to his name.
Alex is one of the scummiest pols ever in FL history. A loser who can't get a job besides sucking off the taxpayer tit.
His bro Renier is a dipwad too. Guess the gene pool grew shallower after Miguel!

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