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Former Republican state Rep. Ana Rivas Logan joining Democratic Party

Former state Rep. Ana Rivas Logan is leaving the Republican Party, she announced Monday.

She plans to register as a Democrat, she said.

"The GOP of today is not the party I joined," said Rivas Logan, who also served on the Miami-Dade School Board. "It's not the party of my parents. It's a party that has been radicalized and held hostage by a group of extremists."

Rivas Logan was welcomed to the party by another Republican-turned-Democrat: gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist

"Bienvenida @anarivaslogan to the Democratic Party!" Crist wrote on Twitter. "Glad you are here my friend."

The Tweet helped fuel speculation Monday morning.

“The bottom line is that the Democrats have a very weak bench,” said Carlos Curbelo, a Miami-Dade School Board member and Republican candidate for U.S. Congress. “If Charlie Crist wanted to choose a Hispanic female to run with him, there is no one else.”

Curbelo added: “I get the sense that this is a very calculated move, and that it is highly likely that she would be chosen.”

Rivas Logan said she could not be considered for the November election. She pointed to a state law saying candidates for partisan posts can run only if they have not been a member of a different political party for 365 days prior to the start of the qualifying period.

But the law is murky, Curbelo noted, because the lieutenant governor runs in tandem with the governor and is not an independent candidate.

Regardless, Rivas Logan said she wouldn't be positioning herself for lieutenant governor.

"Do you really think they need two people who switched parties?" she said. "What kind of political sense would that make?"

A career educator, Rivas Logan served on the Miami-Dade School Board from 2004 to 2010. 

She won a seat in the Florida House in 2010. But she lost reelection in 2012, after redistricting drew her into the same Kendall-based district as Republican state Rep. Jose Felix Diaz

On Monday, Rivas Logan called the Republican Party "a party that attacks women and minorities — and one that asked me, and my former Hispanic Republican colleagues in the Florida legislature, to turn on their own people by supporting extreme anti-immigrant policies."

Pollster and strategist Dario Moreno said Rivas Logan was most likely changing parties to "resurrect herself as a state representative."

"Those seats are becoming more competitive," Moreno said. "The Democrats are running what I consider a competitive candidate against [state Rep. ErikFresen. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Ana run in a western Miami-Dade district."

As for the likelihood of her being named Crist's running mate?

"A one-term state representative who lost her reelection bid would not be a great choice," Moreno said.

 

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D

Democrats - the party of sore losers and losers in general. This pathetic lady who can't even pick a name is typical of these loser democrats they either whine all the time because they are jealous others who work hard have good lives or they whine that they get punished for bad behavior and always want to feel special even though they are losers.

FLDemNinja

Every Comment by D turns another disgusted Republican into a Democrat.
Hate Cheerleaders like you are the reason why people are leaving the Party of the 1%.

RonVargo1

That is a really deep post. Your ideas, grammar and faith has convinced me to change parties.

GOP Proud

ARL gained quite the reputation in Tally as being something that rhymes with witch with an ego unmatched. She's just pissed and wants revenge. Dems can have her, don't say you weren't warned.

D

No you moron every year that passes of this communist obama in office screwing over the poor with his economic depression is turning people to the republicans. Only a loser like you would admit they are part of the party of losers that wants everyone on the government payroll and I bet your pathetic self would still be sucking on your mom's nipple if you could you leach.

Mother's nipple

D we love you bro please do not stop posting.

You are breath of fresh air.

Versace

She was a right winged Republican in the House. Not just a Republican. A right winged Republican who was too Tea Party for the Miami Dade Caucus.

Bizarre!!!!

JoHnNY HOtheaD

As we say in north Florida, "All y'all" people are just jacked up on hate. Stop buying the propaganda published by your own party and see what others are saying. You'd be surprised there's a wide swath of the population, latest estimates at about 40 percent, who hate both political parties. Both the R's and D's are captive to their base and the special interests who own them. Wake up people!

Jorge Garrido

I believe Ms. Rivas would make a great Miami-Dade Commissioner!! From there occupying a Commissioner´s seta in Miami-Dade, she later would make an outstanding Miami-Dade Mayor; the first woman ever Mayor of Miami-Dade, my home town. Commissioner Javier Soto at 75 years old and after years and years of being a Miami-Dade Commissioner, needs a good and solid challenger candidate. Ms. Rivas would be excellent. Let´s together work to bring a BLUE MOON over Miami-Dade government to usher years of much needed effective and efficient progress, without the local political corruption and favoritism of years past.

joe blow

why does the article quote lightweight political nobody Carlos Curbello?
the guy is a gambling lobbyist and lowly school board member.
can you say LOSER?

papotis

How an ex republican, I share the Rivas Logan's point of view.

Kirien

The democrats are the party of sore loser? You teabaggers demanded secession after the last election and then shut down the government in a childish hissy fit.

The goo...the party of whiny little ******* and anarchistic malcontents

Bob

If you notice the content of the Republican supporters above, it's obvious that they are still clueless as to why president Obama won the election and was re-elected. I say 'Keep up the bad work!' and continue to dig your political graves even deeper.

tracey

i think the Repugnance should take a ten and look at themselves, politicians as well as fox listeners. you guys are a disgrace. ANY decent Republican should want to leave, THIS IS NOT A PARTY TO BE PROUD OF. this party has turned EVIL and you all should be ashamed for allowing such disgrace to come to you as you sit back and do nothing!!!! STAND FOR SOMETHING OR YOU WILL FALL FOR ANYTHING!!!! there is nothing wrong in having differences but to display it in this manner is appalling....

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