August 31, 2016

Recruiting Fail: National Democrats Lose Favored Candidate In FL-26

House Democrats’ uphill climb to retake the House of Representatives got significantly harder last night. That’s because their favored candidate Annette Taddeo lost to viral ear-picker and former Congressman Joe Garcia in Florida’s 26th Congressional District.

This was not the result the DCCC envisioned when they recruited Taddeo. Back in February, Politico reported that the DCCC decision to upset many House Democrats and spurn their former colleague Garcia was because Taddeo had a much better chance of winning the Republican seat:

“But lawmakers close to the DCCC argue their obligation is to win seats for Democrats, not reflexively favor former members, and contend that Taddeo has a better shot at winning back the Republican-held seat.”

“The DCCC’s thinking makes sense when you consider their own internal communications described Garcia as “scandal-plagued” and a “loser who can’t get things done”

Besides the DCCC backing, Taddeo also outspent Garcia by a 4 to 1 margin, totaling $1,219,075. Taddeo also had the financial support Emily’s List who pumped $103,113.67 worth of anti-Garcia mailers into the district. All that money has been wasted now, and national Democrats are left with the scandal-plagued Joe Garcia as their standard-bearer.