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Jeb Bush endorses Carlos Curbelo in GOP congressional primary

@PatriciaMazzei

Many political endorsements aren't newsworthy. But when former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a national figure, weighs in on a Republican race, it deserves a mention. Party elders -- particularly Bush -- often avoid getting involved in contested primaries.

On Monday, Bush announced on Twitter that he has endorsed Miami-Dade School Board member Carlos Curbelo's congressional bid. 

"He is a proven education reformer and a strong proponent of expanding economic freedom and cutting wasteful spending," Bush said in a statement. "Carlos will bring a servant's heart to Washington to represent Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. I look forward to supporting Carlos' campaign this year as he articulates his bold vision for the future of our nation."

Curbelo is vying to challenge Miami Democrat Joe Garcia, who represents the 26th congressional district, which runs from Kendall to Key West. A longtime Republican congressional aide and political consultant, Curbelo seems to be solidifying support from the GOP establishment.

Several other Republicans are also in the running: Cutler Bay Mayor Ed MacDougall, former Miami-Dade Commission Chairman Joe Martinez, Miami lawyer Lorenzo "Larry" Palomares-Starbuck and Jose Felix Peixoto of Key Largo.

In a statement last week, Palomares-Starbuck echoed Garcia's camp in asking that Curbelo disclose his consulting clients and criticized Curbelo for having worked for Genting, the Malaysian casino giant.

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Ed Jenkins

While the citizens appreciate the opinion of the state's most popular former governor, they are more concerned that the soon to be indicted Garcia is still holding this position instead of resigning long ago as the citizens had requested. The citizens deserve to be represented in congress not to have their seat used as bargaining chips with prosecutors and they once again demand that this admitted campaign law violator resign.

Bill Thompson

Well this endorsement seals the deal for me. I was going to support Curbelo, but now I'm voting for Garcia.

JenH

Well that takes the cake! Jeb endorses a former Miami-Dade school board member while at the same time talks incessantly about school reform!

Jeb Bush is up to his neck in his efforts to get his hands on Federal Education funds to expand the cause of unaccountable (yet publicly financed) Charter school for private investors.

His lamentations about the state of Florida's education system should be filtered with the knowledge that he stands to profit massively on privatization.

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