Even the man trying to unseat Congresswoman Frederica Wilson admits he faces no easy task.
“It’s going to be very, very difficult to defeat her,” said Michael Etienne, who is running in the Aug. 26 primary against Wilson, a Miami Gardens Democrat and one of South Florida’s best known politicians (She likes to wear hats.).
The 24th congressional district extends from Miramar to Brickell, including Opa-locka, Miami Shores and Little Haiti.
Two candidates — Dufirstson Julio Neree, a Republican, and Luis E. Fernandez, running without political-party affiliation — await in the November general election, though Democrats are practically assured a victory in the solidly left-leaning district.
Etienne, the 31-year-old elected North Miami city clerk, has not raised any campaign funds, spending nearly $20,000 of his own money to qualify for the ballot and pay for a smattering of advertising. Wilson has raked in more than $277,000, mostly from deep-pocketed political action committees, many of them representing labor unions.
But Etienne said his candidacy is about making a point that Wilson — despite being a dependable backer of President Barack Obama — is not, in Etienne’s view, liberal enough.