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Joe Garcia says he'll decide on Miami congressional run in next week

@PatriciaMazzei

Former U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia told the Miami Herald on Friday that he expects to make up his mind in the next week about whether to run for his old Miami congressional seat.

"I'm seriously considering it. The polls look very good for me," he said. "I'm going to make a decision in the next few days, in the next week."

The Democrat has been mulling a run for months. Some of his former aides -- and now Garcia himself -- have been working the phones to reach activists, donors and party leaders on what a campaign could look like.

A couple of markers suggested to party insiders that Garcia was seriously contemplating another campaign. The first was that the statute of limitations expired in early November in a federal investigation that led to the conviction of Garcia's former political adviser and chief of staff -- which meant Garcia himself could campaign without the shadow of the feds hanging over him. 

The second was that Garcia left his job at a Miami Beach investment bank in December, a move that was seen as potential preparation for a candidacy. He'd held the job for less than a year; Garcia said he's now working as an independent consultant.

One Democrat, Annette Taddeo, is already running, and another one, Andrew Korge, intends to seek the 26th district as well. It's currently represented by Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo, who ousted Garcia in 2014. Since then, the district has been redrawn to benefit Democrats.

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