By JAVIER MANJARRESOne of the Congressional contests that the Republican Party has targeted as a ‘must win’ in the upcoming 2014 mid-term elections, is the congressional seat currently held by embattled Democratic Congressman Joe Garcia.
Garcia has been under intense scrutiny after his Chief of Staff and friend, Jeffrey Garcia, resigned after being tied to an absentee ballot request fraud case in Miami. Two other Garcia’s staffers were also implicated and suspended, as a result of their alleged involvement in the case. Read more here.
Republican congressional candidate Carlos Curbelo, who recently announced his intentions to run against Garcia, is calling out the congressman for his unwavering support for Obamacare healthcare law, as well his support to keep the IRS in charge of overseeing the implementation of the law.
Curbelo’s release states that “the American public” has lost trust in the IRS, but it may be more accurate for him to say that “the American public” never trusted the tax man.
Curbelo then pointed out that Garcia, who is trying to convey a ‘moderate’ and independent legislative tone to Americans, has been nothing more than a “reliable vote for Nancy Pelosi on the House floor.” Garcia, whose congressional district is “evenly split” between Democrats and Republicans, has voted along Democratic Party lines 84% of the time.
“Joe Garcia again broke his promise of doing what’s best for our District when he voted with Nancy Pelosi to keep the IRS in charge of Obamacare. If Joe Garcia really cared about our community he would vote to change some of the most pernicious elements of the Obamacare legislation.”-Carlos Curbelo
Needless to say, Garcia’s voting record reflects a not-so-independent approach to legislating.
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