“Nancy Pelosi and her Washington Democrats are admitting that Joe Garcia’s chances of reelection are shaky at best,” National Republican Congressional Committee spokeswoman Katie Prill said in a written statement.
Jeff Garcia said the Republicans are just spinning away bad numbers. And the DCCC said it’s targeting 52 Republicans, including the Tallahassee-based seat of Steve Southerland, where Gwen Graham — daughter of former Gov. and Sen. Bob Graham — plans to run.
Prill and a DCCC spokesman said the self-reported fundraising totals from Garcia and Murphy are among the largest for freshmen. Final numbers will be posted in the coming days.
During the last election, Murphy barely beat Republican Rep. Allen West. And where Obama won Garcia’s district by 7, the president lost Murphy’s by 4 percentage points — the only seat now held by a Democrat that the president didn’t carry.
Garcia recently won praise in Homestead from its mayor and police chief, according to the South Dade News Leader. He has made the ill-effects of the federal budget cuts at Miami’s airport and seaport a top issue that has kept him in front of TV cameras.
And he’s planning to appear Sunday at the Colombian-heavy Festival Vallenato in Bayfront Park — a nod to the fact that the district, more than 60 percent Hispanic, has the largest non-Cuban population of any in South Florida.
But in the end, much of the early campaign trail is about raising money. And more money. “When I started the campaign, I said I’d give it my all,” he said, “and it’s already killing me as it is.”
And still, the Republicans are ready to take as many lethal shots as possible. “It’s a result of good constituent outreach, reaching out to business leaders, community leaders and civic leaders.”