The Democrats running to unseat Republican Congressman David Rivera ripped the scandal-plagued incumbent on Tuesday.
But they also turned on each other.
Candidate Gustavo Marin, of Perrine, suggested that fellow Democrats Joe Garcia and Gloria Romero-Roses were “butterflies and carpetbaggers” because they didn’t live in the newly drawn Kendall-to-Key West district.
But the real tensions came at the end of the Miami Herald editorial board interview Tuesday when Garcia and Romero-Roses rehashed the substance of their attack-ad mailers.
Garcia, a lawyer, suggested Romero-Roses, a businesswoman, was anti-labor. He pointed out that she worked for a company that managed employees at Miami Beach’s Sunset Harbor South condominium, which was at the center of a Services Employee International Union dispute.
“When you have a woman that has three children, is making minimum wage and asks for healthcare and can’t get it and gets fired because of it, that’s not right,” Garcia said. “And that is a place where we disagree. We have serious value differences.”
Romero-Roses shot back that Garcia had “mischaracterized” her actions and took a “cheap shot.” She said she had nothing to do with the dispute in which the National Labor Relations Board rapped the company for violating the National Labor Relations Act.
“When I was employed by the Continental Group, my roll was to make sure employees had access — full access — to their health insurance, as well as their 401(k) plan,” Romero Roses said. “And what he is referring to, occurred at an NLRB finding in 2004 before I was even employed by the company.”
Garcia, in turn, took issue with Romero-Roses for linking him to failed energy giant Enron.