Former Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia is sticking to his longstanding position that he knew nothing about his onetime campaign manager's recruitment of a ringer tea party candidate in a 2010 Miami congressional election -- despite just-disclosed emails suggesting otherwise.
"I've been clear on this, and the emails are pretty clear," Garcia told the Miami Herald on Friday.
Not exactly. On Thursday, a federal court document was disclosed that suggests Garcia’s former campaign manager, Jeffrey Garcia, communicated with him by email in February 2010 about his illicit political strategy to recruit a "shadow" candidate to draw votes away from the GOP's David Rivera in the 2010 race.
“If I got a Tea Party candidate in the race, that will improve your odds,” Jeffrey Garcia emailed Joe Garcia, identified as “Candidate A” in the court record.
A week later, Jeffrey Garcia sent Joe Garcia another email entitled: “YOU WILL WIN IF,” followed by a bullet point stating, “Tea Party Candidate (will happen.)”
In April that year, Jeffrey Garcia wrote to the shadow candidate, Jose Rolando “Roly” Arrojo, stating that “Plan Roli is still moving. I am seeking funding. I have till mid-week next week to execute.”