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Read Rep. Joe Garcia's statement on absentee-ballot investigation tied to his office


After Saturday's press conference regarding the dismissal of his chief of staff over a fraudulent absentee-ballot scheme, Congressman Joe Garcia, a Miami Democrat, issued the following statement:

I cannot express how shocked, disappointed and deeply saddened I am about the actions of my former Chief of Staff. Yesterday was the first I had heard of this, and as soon as I found out I relieved Jeffrey Garcia of his role immediately.

South Florida families need to know that I am committed to the public trust and will be diligent about getting to the bottom of this matter. 

I have hired William Barzee to launch an internal investigation into the matter.  I will also fully cooperate with the ongoing investigation being done by the authorities. 

While I am deeply disappointed in this attempt to influence the primary election, it's important to note that no ballot was touched and the integrity of the election remains intact. My focus continues to be working for the people of Florida’s 26th District.