We've already told you about state Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla's thank you ad ("Gracias, Diaz de la Portilla!") on Spanish-language radio. He was automatically reelected, but that ad could help his two younger brothers, Alex and Renier, in contested primaries. Alex is facing former state Rep. Gus Barreiro; Renier is up against Manny Diaz Jr.
On Tuesday, Miguel paid for 15 minutes on WAQI-AM (710), better known as Radio Mambí, to talk about himself and, of course, his family. He mentioned a young Christians group he led at Belen Jesuit High School -- along with Alex. "We fell in love with public service," Miguel said.
He also mentioned all the endorsements he -- not his brothers -- got in his last race, including Republican favorites Sen. Marco Rubio and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. Miguel also said he and his brothers "have always run positive campaigns" -- though "one must defend oneself from lies."
And he referred to unnamed candidates in the current election cycle (read: his brothers' opponents) "who say they are Republican, when really they supported [former Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent] Rudy Crew, who is a socialist Democrat, or have voted with liberal and socialist Democrats."
Voters will remember, he added, that "Alex Diaz de la Portilla helped us bring money for the port," Renier Diaz de la Portilla brought money for schools.