It’s a mouthful to say the entire name of Democrat Charlie Crist’s new running mate, Annette Taddeo-Goldstein.
“Taddeo-Goldstein is probably too long to print on a sign,” she said Thursday evening, pointing to a Crist placard in the window of the campaign’s Liberty City field office.
That’s a major reason that, in her past two campaigns for Congress and Miami-Dade County commission, she has stumped and had her name listed on the ballot as just Annette Taddeo. The Crist campaign Thursday announced her as just “Annette Taddeo.”
In an-only-in-Miami twist, her opponent also hails from Miami-Dade, has Hispanic and Jewish roots and has a hyphenated name: Carlos Lopez-Cantera. The sitting lieutenant governor, however, has always been known by his full name and the Rick Scott/Lopez-Cantera ticket is keeping it that way (for those counting, his last name is 12 letters long, hers is 15, which is one short of tying the length of U.S. Rep/DNC Debbie Wasserman-Schultz).
Taddeo-Goldstein denies Republican grumbling that she's trying to play up her Hispanic roots by dropping the Goldstein.
What should we call her in print?
“It doesn’t matter,” she said.
But it used to. After taking over as the chair of the Miami-Dade Democrats, she preferred Taddeo-Goldstein.
This morning we asked the campaign again: What do we call her? Taddeo or Taddeo-Goldstein?
“Taddeo,” said spokesman Brendan Gilfillan.
Resolved. Annette Taddeo it is.
At least for now.