A national political organization that helps progressive women win elections is throwing some weight around in a Miami congressional race, spending thousands on mailers for Democratic candidate Annette Taddeo -- and against her primary rival, former U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia.
A political action committee dubbed Women Vote!, which receives support from Emily's List, spent $11,163 on mailers against Garcia while spending about half that amount -- $5,751 -- on mailers supporting Taddeo. Both of the expenditures occurred on Aug. 18, Federal Elections Commission records show.
The anti-Garcia mailer hits the former representative over his votes on student loan rates and and connections to for-profit colleges. A stock photo of a student is placed next to an unattributed quote that reads "Joe Garcia took thousands of dollars from a for-profit college interest that scammed students, then voted to raise student loan interest rates. He had his chance and let us down."
"I guess their campaign couldn’t find any actual South Florida students to falsely attack Joe," said Garcia spokesman Javier Hernandez in a statement. "Not a surprise, Joe has worked hard to make college affordable for all families."
The mailer also says Garcia "took thousands of dollars from a for-profit college interest that scammed students, then voted to raise student loan interest rates" and goes on to state that Taddeo will work towards making college more affordable and protecting women's health, policy positions that Emily's List supports.
The pro-Taddeo mailer highlights her background, saying she "put herself through college and started a small business while raising a family."
Garcia and Taddeo will face off on Aug. 30 for the right to take on incumbent Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo.
Here is the anti-Garcia mailer: