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Annette Taddeo-Goldstein for Crist's running mate?


Still waiting for Charlie Crist's "major announcement" press conference, which true to form for the Democrat is running late.

The event, at The Lab Miami in the funky Wynwood District, has the trappings of a ho-hum policy announcement. But everyone's buzzing about a possible running mate announcement, and many say it's Annette Taddeo-Goldstein, the Miami-Dade Democrats' chairwoman.

She checks a lot of boxes: Hispanic, South Florida-based (needed to turn out the Democrat base), a good fundraiser, well-liked by rank-and-file Democrats, experienced (she has run before for office (against U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen), and she's female (another crucial slice of the Democratic base).

We ticked off a few possibilities earlier in the week in this story.

She also has refused to return our calls for two weeks. Something's cooking.

The first major Democrat to call for Taddeo-Goldstein on the ticket: Henry Crespo Sr., the president of the Democratic Black Caucus of Florida. He said Goldstein would be a good choice as would Val Demings, Orlando's police chief.

“If we look at it not only in terms of optics, but of shoring up the base, I would pick either an African-American woman or a Hispanic woman,” Crespo said in our previous story. “Women tend to vote more than men.”

All that said, you have to question the timing: A running mate announcement in July, before the Democratic primary against Nan Rich is over? It would be a bit presumptuous. But it's also headline-grabbing, a good way for Crist -- badly trailing in ad spending -- to earn free media in a time when it's tough to grab voters' attention.