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Miami-Dade Democrats slam School Board member running for Congress over guns-in-schools vote

@PatriciaMazzei

Pro-gun legislation conservatives are pushing in Tallahassee is haunting a Miami congressional candidate.

On the dais Wednesday, Miami-Dade School Board member Carlos Curbelo said he was concerned about guns in schools. But then he cast the only dissenting vote against a measure opposing state legislation allowing designated Florida teachers to carry concealed firearms.

The Miami-Dade Democratic Party took notice. Curbelo, a Republican, wants to challenge U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia.

"As the mother of a child in public school, it's sad that a school board member and wannabe Congressman thinks safeguarding our children is a 'waste of political capital' rather than an urgent priority," Democratic Party Chairwoman Annette Taddeo-Goldstein said Thursday in a statement. "Curbelo is clearly more concerned with protecting himself from the gun lobby than protecting our children."

Curbelo noted from the dais that the state legislation, sponsored in the Senate by Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, would not force the school district to change its zero-tolerance gun policy. As a result, a School Board vote to oppose the measure was irrelevant, Curbelo said, and a bad move strategically when Miami-Dade has other priorities pending in Tallahassee.

"The proposed bill would in no way alter our district's zero tolerance policy on guns in schools," he said in an email Thursday. "It's disgusting how people shamelessly use child-related tragedies to score cheap political points."

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sarah b hardy

IF you are a Republican and read the Herald (if only for the merit of the comments), remember that your other two Republican candidates pretty good choices:

Joe Martinez, commissioner in Miami Dade County for 18?? years, former cop, son of Cuban immigrants, understands needs of South Dade.

Ed MacDougall, former cop, green beret veteran with 2 tours of duty in Vietnam, one of founders of Cutler Bay, beloved Mayor of that city, successful business-owner and job-creator, resident of South Dade all his life, understands needs of South Dade

The good news here is that we have good alternative choices, folks, not just Republican wanna-be who got invited to CPAC to talk like a robot. Curbelo is well-funded because he knows how to raise money. His only elected office was for School Board.

Curbelo will run glossy commercials and shiny mailers that will insult your intelligence. He has no grit.

Son (Curbelo) if you are reading this, you need to stop kissing Republican butt and stand for something. There are real men running in this race.

Sincerely,

Grumpy old man who votes

El Perro

The real "man" in this race is the current elected Congressman, Rep. Joe Garcia. In one year in Congress, this genius has been able to get himself appointed as a freshman to the House Judicial Committee. That is just about miraculous and places him in a seat of great power in Congress.

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