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Joe Garcia and GOP Exchange Fire in South Florida Congressional Race

May 29, 2014 - 6:00pm
The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) on Friday came out swinging at freshman U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia, D-Fla., who is a top target for Republicans, while the Democrat incumbent fired away at his chief GOP rival.

Noting that the U.S. Commerce Department released a report showing the economy shrunk 1 percent in the first quarter of 2014, the NRCC pointed toward something Garcia said at the end of April when speaking to the Upper Keys Democrats.

I think youre feeling the economy slowly come back, Garcia said. Its certainly not where we want it to be, but I think in the slow progression of where we are, I think were in a good place. But its gonna take each and every one of you to sort of dig in, put your shoulder to it, and work with us to try to move this forward.

The NRCC tried to link Garcia to President Barack Obamas economic policies.

It is clear that Joe Garcia is out of touch with Florida voters as he continues to support Obamas failed economic policies and believes the economy is growing, said Andrea Bozek, a spokeswoman for the NRCC. Florida families deserve a Republican leader in Congress who will vote against the president and his administrations job-destroying policies and will promote economic stability."

Garcia fired back on Friday on the NRCCs efforts to sink him and took aim at Miami-Dade School Board member Carlos Curbelo, the favorite for the Republican nomination to challenge the freshman Democrat.

The NRCC and out-of-state billionaires just announced that they are using last months Supreme Court ruling to create another jumbo joint fundraising committee to dump even more money into attempts to buy this election for their chosen candidate, lobbyist Carlos Curbelo, Garcia insisted to supporters on Friday. The Supreme Courts latest ruling makes it even easier for out-of-state millionaires to give more money to buy elections for lobbyists like Carlos Curbelo who are only looking after the interests of their billionaire donors and not the people they are supposed to represent.

Ive spent my whole career standing up to special interests, including fighting big energy to secure over $1 billion in rate cuts for Florida families and championing bipartisan legislation to invest in our small businesses, Garcia continued. We cant let this election be bought for a lobbyist who will be beholden to special interests and not to Florida families.

On his end, Curbelo released a Web video on Wednesday as he continues his bid for the Republican nomination to challenge Garcia.

In the video, Curbelo makes a play for younger voters as he offers his take on the challenges they encounter as they search for jobs. Curbelo also insists in the video that Wall Street has done better than average Americans in the recovery.

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