Hispanic politics sure can get complicated in South Florida.
To wit: Annette Taddeo-Goldstein, the (Colombian) Democrat who ran -- without the hyphenated last name -- against Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Cuban) in 2008 and again unsuccessfully for Miami-Dade County Commission last year, sent out an e-mail blast Monday night condemning Republican Sen. Marco Rubio (Cuban) for voting to block to nomination of Mari Carmen Aponte (Puerto Rican) to serve as U.S. ambassador to El Salvador.
Senate Republicans, including Rubio, voted against Aponte's confirmation on Monday. They cited questions about an old live-in boyfriend of Aponte's who was a Cuban spy and allegedly tried to recruit her (in a spy-caper twist, there was also a report that the boyfriend was an informant for the U.S.). The FBI cleared Aponte, who later received two top security clearances -- but not before the chatter scuttled her 1993 nomination by President Bill Clinton to serve as ambassador to the Dominican Republic.
Republicans also took issue with a gay rights op-ed Aponte wrote in a Salvadoran newspaper. She is temporarily serving as ambassador in the Central American country, having been named to the post by President Barack Obama during a congressional recess.
Rubio has also opposed the nomination of Roberta Jacobson as assistant U.S. Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, which deals with Cuba. Rubio has warned that he will oppose other Western Hemisphere nominees until the Obama administration changes its policies toward Latin America, which Rubio views as weak and inadequate.