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Jeb Bush endorses Carlos Curbelo in GOP congressional primary


Many political endorsements aren't newsworthy. But when former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a national figure, weighs in on a Republican race, it deserves a mention. Party elders -- particularly Bush -- often avoid getting involved in contested primaries.

On Monday, Bush announced on Twitter that he has endorsed Miami-Dade School Board member Carlos Curbelo's congressional bid. 

"He is a proven education reformer and a strong proponent of expanding economic freedom and cutting wasteful spending," Bush said in a statement. "Carlos will bring a servant's heart to Washington to represent Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. I look forward to supporting Carlos' campaign this year as he articulates his bold vision for the future of our nation."

Curbelo is vying to challenge Miami Democrat Joe Garcia, who represents the 26th congressional district, which runs from Kendall to Key West. A longtime Republican congressional aide and political consultant, Curbelo seems to be solidifying support from the GOP establishment.

Several other Republicans are also in the running: Cutler Bay Mayor Ed MacDougall, former Miami-Dade Commission Chairman Joe Martinez, Miami lawyer Lorenzo "Larry" Palomares-Starbuck and Jose Felix Peixoto of Key Largo.

In a statement last week, Palomares-Starbuck echoed Garcia's camp in asking that Curbelo disclose his consulting clients and criticized Curbelo for having worked for Genting, the Malaysian casino giant.