National Democrats are delivering a boost to Mary Barzee Flores, who is looking to unseat Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart in one of three South Florida races that Democrats are hoping to flip.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Thursday named Flores to its "Red to Blue" program which brings with it organizational and fundraising support.
Barzee Flores is one of 84 candidates nationwide to be included in the program which highlights candidates in competitive races who have exceeded fundraising goals and shored up local support. A first-time candidate, Barzee Flores raised nearly $500,000 in her first fundraising quarter.
“Through every step of her career, Mary Barzee Flores has shown the qualities that we need more of in Congress,” said DCCC chairman Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-New Mexico. “She will put hardworking Floridians before Washington special interests and will answer to the people she serves. She is running a strong campaign and finally providing the community she is running to represent the chance to vote for a new approach, not more of the same Republican agenda that hurts hardworking Floridians.”
Barzee Flores, a former federal judge nominee who was blocked by Sen. Marco Rubio, has support in the legal community and has picked up key endorsements from EMILY's List, a group that seeks to elect female Democrats to Congress.
Diaz-Balart represents the only Miami-Dade district where Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton in 2016, though he won by less than two percentage points. Diaz-Balart's district includes Northwest Dade and stretches across the Everglades to Naples and he hasn't faced serious opposition since 2008.