In Florida politics, Republican slams Democrat for 'sexist' comment

Secretly recorded video comes back to haunt Joe Garcia


MIAMI – Last month, Democratic congressional candidate Joe Garcia was recorded making a comment about the first woman to become a presidential candidate in his party's history.

While at the Key West Democratic campaign office, Garcia said Hillary Clinton lacked sex appeal. In the secretly recorded video, Garcia said he knows she is "under no illusions that you want to have sex with her, or that she's going to seduce you or out-think you." 

Garcia later apologized, but the video is not going away. During Sunday's This Week in South Florida, Garcia's comment came back to haunt him.

"I was talking to a guy" who "was saying sexist things about her," said Garcia, who is in the race for Florida's 26th district.

During the pre-recorded debate, his opponent, Rep. Carlos Curbelo, used the video as ammunition. The two men felt the need to remind viewers that they were both fathers. Curbelo said he has two girls, ages 6 and 4, and Garcia said he has a daughter in college. 

As if a Democrat was speaking to Trump, the 36-year-old Republican accused Garcia of being "disrespectful to women" and asked voters  to "think about your moms, think about your sisters" when making choices during this election. 

Curbelo, the incumbent, unseated Garcia in 2014 after his top aid was accused of faking absentee ballot applications. The incident barely came up, but Local 10 News' Michael Putney reminded voters the State Attorney's Office did not file charges against Garcia. 

The conversation about the video was about a week after a debate at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School, an all male school where the two graduated from. They both identify as Roman Catholic, Cuban-Americans and University of Miami graduates. 

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