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Annette Taddeo has a message for national Democrats: work together

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Incoming Democratic state Sen. Annette Taddeo didn't get the same national attention as other special election candidates in recent months. 

But the 50-year-old Colombian-American businesswoman and former congressional candidate differed from better-known figures like Jon Ossoff in Georgia and Rob Quist in Montana in one notable way: she won.

Taddeo defeated former state Rep. José Félix Díaz last week in a Miami-area special election even though Diaz was better-funded. 

And as national Democrats begin to campaign for Doug Jones in an Alabama Senate special election against Republican Roy Moore, Taddeo is urging the likely flood of liberal interest groups interested in flipping Attorney General Jeff Sessions' old senate seat and other upcoming races in Virginia to put aside intra-party differences and communicate. 

"One clear thing that happened here is that there were a lot of different organizations and groups wanting to help," Taddeo said. "We got to make sure that the egos are left at the table and that everyone one has one goal." 

Taddeo noted that during Ossoff's campaign, which received record amounts of money, different groups didn't necessary work together as well as they could have. 

"There would be people knocking on that door and finding out that five other people had been to the door that day," Taddeo said. "We need to silo the responsibilities and make sure everyone is working toward that one goal." 

Taddeo was part of a press call with Latino Decisions, a Democratic-leaning polling firm, to announce the results of a new poll that shows Donald Trump is losing support among Florida Hispanics. Nearly two-thirds of Florida Hispanics disapprove of Trump's job performance while 76 percent of Hispanics nationwide disapprove of Trump's performance. 

"The poll is significant because it's proof that President Trump and the Republican Party are alienating Latinos of all backgrounds and all political stripes," said Rep. Darren Soto, D-Kissimmee.

Immigration reform and the Dream Act is the most important issue facing the Hispanic community that Congress and President Trump should address, according to the poll. 

The poll, which included 369 Florida Latinos, was conducted on Sept. 20 and has a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points. 

 

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