Andrew Korge, the son of Hillary Clinton campaign donor Chris Korge, will run for Congress, setting up a Democratic primary against Annette Taddeo to see who will challenge Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo in Florida's preeminent swing district.
"I intend to file at some point in the future," Korge said, without giving a date. "I'm running for office because we need new leaders who have a 21st-century vision."
Korge had planned to run for Florida Senate. But a court-approved map appointing new district borders left the political novice without a clear way into office. His impending announcement was first reported by Politico Pro.
Taddeo, the former Miami-Dade County Democratic Party chairwoman who ran as Charlie Crist's running mate for governor in 2014, jumped in the race early. She had the backing of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which hoped to avoid a contentious primary to instead focus on unseating the freshman Curbelo.
"Annette came to this country fleeing violence, not speaking English, and was denied admission to college," her campaign manager Shaun Daniels told the Miami Herald in a statement. "She taught herself English, put herself through school working minimum wage jobs. She abandoned her career plans to help her parents rebuild their home after Hurricane Andrew, and then built one of the best small businesses in Florida from scratch, while raising a daughter. Thousands of South Floridians share those experiences and they are all inspirational. Annette's story is America's story."
Taddeo has lost three races -- she previously ran for Congress and the Miami-Dade County Commission -- and Korge may not be her only opponent. Former Rep. Joe Garcia, who held the seat for one term before being ousted by Curbelo, is also considering a candidacy. The No. 2 House Democrat, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland, was recently recorded at a Taddeo fundraiser urging Korge and Garcia not to run.
Curbelo's 26th district, which extends from Westchester to Key West, was already a pickup target for Democrats before another court-approved redistricting map turned the district more Democratic.