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Gloria Romero Roses, a Democrat vying to challenge David Rivera, releases first TV ad

Gloria Romero Roses, one of several Democrats vying for her party's nomination to challenge Miami Republican Congressman David Rivera, is going up on television.

The 30-second ad, titled "Progressive," tries to appeal to Democrats who will vote in the Aug. 14 primary, which pits Roses against three other hopefuls: Joe Garcia, Gustavo Marin and Lamar Sternad. It also makes a pitch to Hispanics: Roses, who was born in Colombia but raised mostly in Hollywood, briefly speaks in Spanish. The newly redrawn Congressional District 26 runs from Southwest Miami-Dade to Key West.

The ad mentions Roses' experience as a parent dealing with past overcrowding in Miami-Dade public schools and describes Roses as someone who would "stand with President Obama to guarantee equal pay for equal work and protect Medicare from Tea Party extremists." (The ad does not mention labor unions, including one that has expressed concerns over Roses' previous work for a condo-management company.)

In a statement, Roses' campaign manager, Vlad Gutman, cast Roses as "a refreshing change from the career politicians we're all used to."

"She knows firsthand what families are going through," he said. "That’s why she’s earning the support of voters in every part of the district, and this TV ad is the next step in communicating her background and values to people from Westchester to Key West."

 

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Sara

Great ad! Turning out to be an exciting season!

Same ole'

Another Dem winner (insert sarcasm here).
Rivera will take this with no problem.

Michael

Who actually thinks this carpetbagger is going to win? Even if she goes against David he's going to blow her out of the water. We need Joe in this district. He's the only one I've actually met everywhere and whose trying to meet people and walk with his team.

The only thing Gloria has is the power to buy votes with her own personal fortune.

Sara

Joe? The guy who has twice failed to win this seat? Yeah, let's nominate him again.

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

Doris

As someone from Tampa, I truly hope South Florida will get over its internal warfare and send a congresswoman to Washington who will represent all Floridians. We greatly need a stronger delegation, united for Florida.

Michael

Why shouldn't we nominate him? It's a COMPLETELY different race this time around. the last two times he was running in a district that always always always leaned Republican. It just wasn't gonna happen.

But fyi, this new district is very, very narrowly 50/50, with more Dems registered than Republicans. And the Keys especially, which are part of the new district, aren't exactly jumping for joy to vote for an ultra-conservative right winger that came too close to being prosecuted for grand theft and racketeering.

Whoever wins this Democratic primary is most likely taking the seat, unless they run a horrible campaign. Romero Roses 1) has never run a campaign before 2) has a campaign manager who has no idea how to run a campaign from what she's shown publicly (did anyone see her dingy appearance at the key largo fourth parade???) 3) she didn't grow up in the district and isn't linked to it in any substantial way and 4) what can we believe about her being a progressive? she talks a lot about her positions, and she's the same "progressive" who busted a union.

If we have an opportunity to make a seat in the heart of Miami Democratic, I don't think we should up and hand it over to some shady, unknown carpetbagger.

Ana Alexander

There is an alternative to Romero Roses (a "progressive" who busts unions) and Garcia (a 3-time loser, twice for Congress and once for county commission). It is Gustavo Marin, a lifelong Democrat who is the only candidate who lives in the district (for the past 16 years). He understands the needs of his community and also is very well-versed in national and international issues. Check his website www.gustavomarinforcongress.com

Elsa Pardo


The truth is that neither me nor my family would like someone to represent us who does not live in District 26 as we do. And none of these candidates who are running for Congressman in District 26, only Dr. Gustavo Marin. Another important thing is his political platform. He has an excellent plan, young graduates who have a diploma but do not have enough to occupy certain positions. And, protecting the Medicare and Medicaid for senior citizens.
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Elsa Pardo

The truth is that neither me nor my family would like someone to represent us who does not live in District 26 as we do. And none of these candidates running for Congress live in District 26, only Dr. Gustavo Marin. Another important thing is his political platform. He has an excellent plan, most of the time, young graduates have a diploma, but do not have enough trainning to occupy certain positions. Also, Dr. Marin will protect Medicare and Medicaid for senior citizens.

Sara

Look again Michael. There are slightly more Republicans than Democrats, and while the district is better by a little bit, it's not 10 points better than it was before. And Garcia lost by 10 points to Rivera.

It's also not 6 points better, which is what he lost by in 2008--the best Democratic year in recent memory.

Matt


Michael:
Romero Roses 1) has never run a campaign before

Why does being new mean “not good”? Everyone – even your all-time favorite politician – had a first time.

2) has a campaign manager who has no idea how to run a campaign from what she's shown publicly (did anyone see her dingy appearance at the key largo fourth parade???)

I have met Gloria personally and one of the best things about her is that she is not your typical politician. If you got to know her, you’d see that she is down to earth. She does not come off as someone who is “better than you.” She dressed like the rest of her team to show unity and to show that she just one of the people. Isn’t that refreshing? Or, do you want the same old corrupt “we-ignore-our-constituents” politics as usual?

3) she didn't grow up in the district and isn't linked to it in any substantial way

The district just got re-drawn. The Keys is a long way away from Westchester and you can’t live in two places at once. The bottom line is, let’s get a candidate that will serve the best interests of the people they represent. Most people I’ve talked to don’t believe Joe Garcia is that person.

4) what can we believe about her being a progressive? she talks a lot about her positions, and she's the same "progressive" who busted a union.

She did not bust the union. You probably haven’t heard her side of the story. In fact, she recently got endorsed by two unions, so, she can’t be as bad as that one story made her out to be.

Carpetbagger???

How old are you Michael, 150? Gloria has done more for the South Florida community as a non-politician than just about anyone you will be able to find. I know she is going to do the right thing if she is elected. Why don’t you go meet her for yourself. Actually speak to her and ask her questions. I am sure she will be around the District at various events over the next month. If you do, I am sure you will be impressed.


Yolanda

I am so energized for this campaign. I truly love her story and the message she portrays (Not to mention her appealing mail pieces I have received!) I have all the confidence in the world that she will be the best representative to beat David Rivera and at last bring pride to our district. Being a true blue democrat that I am, I am tired of Joe Garcia's efforts and ability to lose. I appreciate him for giving his best and representing the party and sadly his best is not enough. I have not seen much about Gustavo Marin and just about the only thing he brings to the race is that he lives in the district. Frankly speaking we have yet to have a person who lives in the district represent us and that will not be the driving reason primary voters will be at the polls come August. There are 30 days left in this front and I am standing by a business savvy woman who is successful and is NOT using this campaign to push forward a career.

Chris

MICHAEL:

I'm not surprised that a Joe Garcia supporter doesn't have all of his facts straight Gloria's work with unions.

Of course you would focus on such irrelevant and superficial things like "the dingy appearance at the Key Largo Parade" and "a first time candidate". Would you prefer that Gloria lose several times while wearing a suit and continue running? Of course you would, that's the JG way.

Gloria has created a tremendous impact on South Florida without ever getting political, so I can only imagine how much she could do in Washington. I'm not talking about intangible impact. I mean visible, measurable and fully completed housing and real estate projects that have positively impacted the communities they are in.

What I've heard about Joe, read about Joe and know about Joe, he always has great intentions.

We need great RESULTS, not intentions.

A vote for Joe is as good as crossing your fingers and hoping something changes.

A vote for Gloria is a vote for someone willing to roll up their sleeves and make things happen.

Becca

I don't typically weigh in on the comments section because they tend to just turn into a snark fest between entrenched voters but two things compelled me to speak up. It should be noted that I haven't decided who I'm supporting yet.

I take offense that someone would pass judgement on any candidate based on their appearance in a parade. We need to be judging candidates on their ideas and policies and not where they happened to be on the Fourth of July and certainly not what they looked like while they are walking with supporters. People are too quick to attack all candidates, but especially women, for how they look on the campaign trail and not their substance. So, as for Gloria's 'dingy appearance,' I could care less, but I do like the work she's done with schools.

The second thing is the comment about the managers. I haven't met either manager and don't know about their experience, but Gloria is on TV and apparently in mailboxes and I haven't heard anything from Garcia or the other candidates. So, from that alone, it would seem like at least one campaign is focused on communicating with voters and it's Gloria's.

Tim

Joe Garcia- Has no chance in Hell- Give it up man... This not like those ideas your parents use to share with you when you were a kids "Joe, you can be anything you want in life." Joe lets face it, you obviously can't be everything you want because you can't win. You don't have enough supporters to take you all the way, and hell I doubt you can win dog catcher.

Gustavo Marin- Who is this guy? I can barely understand his poorly edited ad. Nice guys finish last and this will be no different.

Gloria Romero Roses- Difficult race but has potential

Elsa Pardo

Who are you? Everybody knows Dr. Gustavo Marin since he came from Cuba in the 60's, his political and academic background since he was a very young man. For more information, you can go to: www.gustavomarinforcongress.com

Ahora en Espanol: Quien es usted? Porque al Dr. Gustavo Marin lo conoce todo el mundo, no de ahora, sino desde muy jovencito, creo que todavia era menor de edad cuando ya el estaba en New York y despues en Miami, luchando por la libertad de Cuba en "ABDALA" y nunca ha dejado de luchar, ademas ha sido educador en varias universidades locales, como en St. Tomas University, usted lo puede ver invitado en el programa "A mano limpia", con Oscar Haza, a menudo y en todos lados. Tampoco es un anciano, ni tan joven, pero es verdad que es el unico candidato democrata que vive en el distrito 26. La realidad es esa, me parece que a nadie le gusta que alguien que no viva en mi distrito me represente, prefiero al que vive en el. Pueden ir a: www.gustavomarinforcongress.com

Raul


IT IS INTERESTING TO READ FROM THE GLORIA & GARCIA SIDE. IT SEEMS THEY ARE RUNNING SCARED THAT A REAL CITIZEN, LIKE GUSTAVO MARIN, WITHOUT THE MONIES OF THE SPECIAL INTERESTS OR GLORIA'S BOSSES AT THE DNC, COULD ACTUALLY PULL IT OFF WITHOUT RESORTING TO THE SPECIAL INTERESTS AND BIG MONEY.

WOULD YOU IMAGINE THE DAY AFTER GUSTAVO MARIN WINS THE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY AND CAN ACTUALLY BE ABLE TO REPRESENT WE THE PEOPLE AGAINST A CROOK LIKE DAVID RIVERA?

WELL, IT SEEMS THAT THAT DAY IS GETTING CLOSER.THEN GLORIA CAN RETURN TO BROWARD TO RUN AT THEIR SCHOOL BOARD OR KEEP WORKING IN REAL ESTATE; WHILE JOE WILL NEED TO LOOK FOR ANOTHER POWERFUL BOSS THAT COULD SUPPORT HIM ONCE MORE TO FIX THE ELCTRIC RATES AS HE DID FOR FPL, WHILE HE IS NOW CLAIMING AS AN ACCOMPLISHMENT.

THE DAY IS GETTING CLOSER WHEN WE THE PEOPLE WILL BE READY AND ABLE TO VOTE THIS PEOPLE INTO OBLIVION. THEN,GUSTAVO MARIN WILL TRULY REPRESENT ALL OF US, WITHOUT THE POISON OF BIG MONEY THAT BOTH GARCIA AND ROCES SO HIPPOCRITICALLY SEEM TO REPRESENT.HOPEFULLY , THEY WILL RETURN TO THEIR DISTRICT AND WILL LEAVE US IN PEACE.

Millie

Esto es una democracia por suerte todos tenemos diferentes opiniones pero leyendo todos estos comentarios me puse a investigar sobre cada uno de los candidatos para el congreso de mi distrito 26
vamos a analizar a Gloria:
es una mujer respetable madre que estuvo en el PTA del colegio de sus hijos y por lo tanto cree que sabe los problemas de los muchacho, si fuera así cualquiera de mis compañeras del PTA podríamos postularnos para el congreso,
esta en Real State bueno eso no nos dice mucho,y en cuanto que es una mujer de negocios la verdad que los sindicatos no hablan muy bien de ella.
Joe García:
se ha postulado 3 o 4 veces y nunca a llegado a nada es un hombre muy arrogante que solo repite el mismo discurso desde hace muchos anos por cierto párese que se lo aprendió de memoria pero en el fondo ni el mismo cree lo que dice solo dice lo que sabe que todos queremos oír cree que somos entupidos tenemos que investigar los negocios favores que a otorgado a la FPL PARA AYUDAR A QUE NOS SUBAN LOS COSTOS DE LA ELECTRICIDAD.
Gustavo Marin
es una persona clara siempre dice lo que Pienza duélale a quien le duela por que el no tiene pelos en la lengua, lo he escuchado en infinidad de programas de opinión, y la verdad que sabe de lo que habla no es improvisado por que es un hombre muy culto por eso lo llaman de diferentes estaciones de televisión tanto locales como internacionales la verdad que después de analizar todos los candidatos yo me quedo con el Dr. Marin además de vivir en mi distrito no hay quien lo compre por eso no tiene los fondos millonarios de campana como lo tienen los otros candidatos que al final tienen que devolver el dinero que les dieron con favores que les interesan a las personas que les pagaron las campanas y esas personas no somos ni tu ni yo que somos los que tenemos los problemas en nuestro distrito y si tienen alguna duda sobre los que les digo busquen información en las paginas Web de cada uno
www.romeroroses2012.com
http://www.joegarcia2012.com/
www.gustavomarinforcongress.com

Manny

Who is Gustavo Marin? This is the first time I have ever heard of him. He might be a good person but he probably should have run for State House instead of Federal. This election is too big for him. You can't jump in a race this late in the game and expect to win.

This is going to be a close race but I am voting for Romero Roses because she has the right idea about health care and education and she is not owned by special interest groups. She has earned her money and I respect that. The DNC chose her for a reason. We need to stand by our party and support their pick.

Janet

David Rivera will eat Gustavo Marin for lunch. And no, Ms. Pardo, not everyone knows Gustavo Marin.. Actually besides his blog supporters, people don't know him. Check the polls, there's nothing. In fact, there isn't any news about him. So no, I won't check out his website which has bias information, I'd rather meet the man for myself and decide. And frankly, after last night's showing at the Kendall Federation meeting.. I was not impressed. He's another liberal professor who has been plotting to run for office for years and think he is above everyone because he taught at a no-name university. Face it folks, the only thing he'll win here is the amount "online activists" who are repeating the same crap over and over again.

Steven

I am not really convinced by any of these candidates. They have a month to do something great and impress me.. We just need a person who can beat David Rivera. Joe couldn't do it, Gustavo is not really doing much in the campaign, and I think Gloria is in the processing of proving herself. We just need Rivera out, that will indeed be a victory of pots and pan proportion.

David

I took a class once with Marin and I thought he was boring.

Anyone but Rivera - as long as they can beat Rivera! Sorry, but Marin can't, but he is a great cure for insomnia.

Dems in 2012! Respect the Jackass! (Not Rivera, I mean the donkey)

Rocio  Capote

Gustavo Marin is a great fresh option, He has lived in the area for many years and know all the problems first hand. He is a new option in front the traditional old list. He has my support. I will vote for him this August 14, for sure.

Pablo

I have watched Gustavo Marin on TV and heard him on various radio stations giving political analysis and discussing the topics of the day. I have also seen him in person at some of the Democrats events in the last 2 months. He is knowledgeable, interesting, and a great debater. I feel that he is the best Democratic candidate to take on David Rivera.

Joe Garcia has lost 3-4 times running for the same seat and he will lose again. And really from what I've seen from Gloria Romero Roses she is not very impressive.

I live in district 26 and feel it’s important that candidates running SHOULD live in the district they are vying to represent. Joe lives in Miami Beach and Gloria lives in Broward (a separate county all together!!!)

As for the complaints of not hearing much from Marin's campaign, it’s difficult to get publicity when you are not sucking from the teet of special interests and accepting all of their money.

I'm not voting for Rivera b/c he's being supported by special interest money, why would I want to vote for a democratic candidate who is also receiving the same special interests money?

That why on August 14 I'm voting for GUSTAVO MARIN #26 on the Ballot.

John Glade

I met Gloria Romero Roses while serving with her on the Affordable Housing committee of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. I found her to be a nice, hardworking, intelligent and an articulate communicator. The fact that this is her first campaign is a positive to me. That means she has more of a real world perspective than someone who has been living the political game their whole life. Good luck Gloria!

MIRNA

I met Dr. Gustavo Marin in New York, since he was a boy. He who does not know does not know what you're missing is someone as smart as few You can talk to about anything, is truly worship, known both national and international policy is not improvised, and is one of the few men really worship that is why we see on talk shows important both local, national and international always known about the subject you are placed, so we need someone to represent us and not someone improvised as others only know a political speech meaningless "beauty queens appear" to answer what is fashionable at the time for nice, but really can not discuss with you why they are afraid because he tells things by their name without misinforming as most is a wonderful human being, cares for all who need it without asking anything in return. Pending in their community and care what happens to us, you always have access to it. He lives in District 26 and knows the problems we have, others only at election time come to seek our vote. The others are from other cities like Miami Beach and Broward, I wonder why they aspired in their communities if there there are also elections for the same charges, they want from us is that in their districts know and have no chance of winning or believe we can be fooled by cheap, short speeches SMART Think and vote for the best Gustavo Marin

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