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Lincoln Diaz Balart to retire from House of Representatives

Posted February 11, 2010 by publisher in Cuban Americans.
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BY LESLEY CLARK AND BETH REINHARD | Miami Herald

U.S. Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, a passionate defender and architect of legislation to strengthen the U.S. embargo against Cuba, announced Thursday he won’t seek reelection to Congress.

The Miami Republican made the announcement at a news conference at Florida International University.

Diaz-Balart indicated last summer that he was interested in leaving the House, where he has served since 1992, saying he was ``seriously considering’’ a request from Gov. Charlie Crist that he consider being appointed—temporarily—to the Senate.

Word is his brother, Mario Diaz-Balart, will run for Lincoln’s seat—a safer Republican district. That would open up Mario’s seat. There’s no clear front runner for that seat, but state Reps. David Rivera and Anitere Flores are running for a state Senate seat that is almost fully contained in the congressional district.

Member Comments

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On February 11, 2010, publisher wrote:

Mario is even dumber than Lincoln and he almost lost to Joe Garcia.

Good luck Mario, you’re going to need it. (Of course I don’t mean that)

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On February 11, 2010, MiamiCuban wrote:

Very true.  Mario is the most inarticulate politician I’ve ever seen.

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On February 11, 2010, publisher wrote:

Text of Lincoln Diaz Balart’s speech.

His decision to not run makes me wonder why Martinez resigned.

So, what does he mean by this “I am convinced that in the upcoming chapter of the struggle, I can be more useful to the inevitable change that will soon come to Cuba, to Cuba’s freedom, as a private citizen…”?

Why are these guys going private? Maybe they can make more money working for Radio Marti? Maybe then can make more money taking USAID funds?

Now they are subject to public scrutiny.

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On February 12, 2010, paul wrote:

More right wing Cubans to give communists grief A+++

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On February 12, 2010, bluemarlinon wrote:

That’s just one of the gang of three. two more to go, come on miami do the right thing next time you vote.

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On February 21, 2010, publisher wrote:

A story about citizen Diaz-Balart.