Jeffrey Garcia is hurting Joe Garcia.
That's the conclusion of a recent public-opinion poll conducted by Republican challenger Carlos Curbelo. Poll results were provided to the Miami Herald by the Curbelo campaign.
The survey has Curbelo leading Rep. Joe Garcia, a Miami Democrat, by 44 to 40 percent, with 16 percent of respondents undecided. The poll's error margin is 4.9 percent.
Curbelo's advantage grew to 51-38 percent among voters who have "seen, read or heard something" -- 61 percent of respondents -- about the congressman's former campaign manager and chief of staff, Jeffrey Garcia, no relation, being under federal criminal investigation into a suspected 2010 straw candidate. (Rep. Garcia has denied any involvement.)
That explains why Democrats have hounded Curbelo, a Miami-Dade County school board member, for failing to disclose a list of his government and public-relations firm, said the Republican's pollster, Jim McLaughlin.
"He's trying to go after Carlos on ethics because of his trouble on ethics," McLaughlin said.