Here's what Annette Taddeo had to say about former U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia jumping into the Democratic primary for his old congressional seat -- where Taddeo is already running.
Our South Florida families, workers and small business owners deserve a voice in Washington who will always speak for them. I began this race for Congress nearly a year ago because as a mother and small business owner, I understand the needs of our communities and I want to be their voice and fight for them every single day.
As a member of Congress I will fight to raise the minimum wage, bring jobs back to our communities, ensure equal pay for women and to strengthen our schools. This is what our communities deserve, but sadly the 26th District has instead endured a series of politicians who've put self-interest first, acted unethically, and at times even acted illegally.
It’s time to turn a new page in South Florida. The communities of South Florida want an advocate whose only interest is helping our diverse neighborhoods and families thrive. We deserve a leader who will build on Obamacare, not repeal it. Defend Planned Parenthood, not defund it. Reject the anti-immigrant Party of Trump, not champion it. We deserve a candidate who will bring South Florida’s values to Washington, not become part of the problem. That’s why I’m running and it’s why I’ve been so proud to receive the endorsements of individuals, businesses, unions and elected leaders across the 26th District.