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Latin Builders Association hearts John McCain; calls the congressional races too hot to handle

The influential Latin Builders Association has endorsed John McCain for president -- but is sticking to the sidelines when it comes to Miami's three congressional races.

"Within our organization so many people are supporting different candidates, we decided we'd stay out of it," said LBA president Ovi Vento, said of the three congressional races. "There's a lot of different sides to those races."

But the association's executive board and director's board said it endorsed McCain because " a vote for John McCain is a vote for Joe the Plumber...Joe's interaction with Obama with poignant, but Obama's response was troubling, especially for those of us who have a clear picture of what this 'redistribution of wealth means,' " Vento wrote in the endorsement.

Vento's company, Everglades Lumber, hosted McCain at his Miami rally Wednesday.