After watching the Fidel Castro biography/documentary on PBS last night, I thought that we should put a page together that illustrates the ties between the Diaz-Balart family and Fidel Castro.
Regarding Representative Diaz-Balart’s father:
Rafael Lincoln Diaz-Balart rose to become an important politician in the Republic (of Cuba). He would be majority leader in the House of Representatives (in Cuba). But first he was a friend, comrade, and roommate of Fidel Castro. One fatal thing the boys’ (Lincoln and Mario) father did was introduce Castro to his sister Mirta, whom Castro married in 1948.
(Summary: Lincoln and Mario’s father introduced his sister, their aunt, to Castro to whom she later married.)
According to Lincoln Diaz-Balart, his mother always hated Castro, even when the young rabble-rouser was best friends with her husband. She never trusted Castro, and she was appalled at the way he treated Mirta, her sister-in-law.
Regarding Mirtha Mirta Diaz Balart
Her brother (father of Lincoln and Mario) Raphael [Rafael] Diaz Balart; an ardent Batistiano, who was undersecretary to Ramon Hermida, a minister of the interior to Batista.
The Diaz-Balart family was very well connected to Cuba’s government before the communist revolution. Diaz-Balart’s father, Rafael L. Diaz-Balart, served as majority leader of the Cuban House of Representatives from 1954 to 1958, and was elected to the Cuban Senate in 1958.
Rafael L. Diaz-Balart later served as the Economic and Commercial Advisor to the president of Costa Rica. Lincoln Diaz-Balart’s grandfather was elected to the Cuban House of Representatives in 1936. An aunt, Mirta Diaz-Balart, was Cuban leader Fidel Castro’s first wife. His brother, Mario Diaz-Balart, also is a member of Congress from Florida.
(So, Fidel Castro’s first wife is the Aunt of Lincoln and Mario Diaz-Balart.)