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Joe Garcia's congressional campaign picks up endorsements, party backing

Joe Garcia has earned a spot on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Red to Blue program, which "highlights top Democratic campaigns across the country and offers them financial, communications, grassroots, and strategic support."

Garcia is making his second bid for Mario Diaz-Balart's seat, but this time there's no incumbent: Diaz-Balart vacated the seat to run for his brother's more Republican seat and was re-elected last week w/o opposition.

"Joe Garcia has come out of the gate strong and the Red to Blue program will give him the financial and structural edge to be even more competitive in November," said DCCC chair Chris Van Hollen. “Joe is generating excitement and is making the case to voters that his commitment to creating jobs and standing up for the middle class is far better than turning back the clock to the failed Bush policies of the past."

Garcia also picked up the backing of Commissioner Katy Sorenson, Florida City Mayor Otis Wallace, Florida City Vice Mayor Judy Waldman, City of Homestead Mayor Steven C. Bateman and Cutler Bay Mayor Paul Vrooman.