Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) has made it official that he is seeking reelection in a different district — the seat currently held by his older brother, Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL), who is retiring.
While this arrangement might seem unusual, Lincoln refers back to his previous experience in the state legislature, seemingly in order to rebut the obvious carpetbagger accusations: “This is a natural move for me; in my years of public service at both the federal and state levels, I have had the privilege of representing most of the communities that make up Congressional District 21, including Hialeah, Westchester, Doral, Kendall, Miami Lakes, Hialeah Gardens, Medley and Palmetto Bay. I have done so with devotion and dedication, effectively and with proven results.”
He also adds: “To the voters of District 21, I look forward to speaking with you in the coming weeks about the urgent need to create jobs, limiting out of control government spending, lowering the national debt, and cutting taxes, while highlighting my record of working across party lines to achieve results. I will also humbly and respectfully ask for your vote this November to serve as your voice in Washington, and continue representing the needs of South Florida.”