DORAL, Fla. – Newly minted Republican state Sen. Ileana Garcia is unloading on Twitter, saying she is being “vilified by insinuations” as evidence mounts that a little-known, late-entry, no-party candidate was planted to disrupt votes for her incumbent Democrat opponent Jose Javier Rodriguez.
Her election win was by just 34 votes.
Garcia has not returned calls, but her press releases and tweets take shots at the media and the predecessor she defeated.
The founder of Latinas for Trump insists her win is valid — and untainted — even as Local 10 reporting found the people and connections behind a dark money campaign apparently staged to pull Democratic votes.
Garcia asks an interesting question: Where was the outrage four years ago when Rodriguez won despite a little known, no-party candidate who pulled more than 5% of the vote?
So we called that candidate, Mercedes Christian, who is 95, struggles with English and did not give permission to record our call with her.
Christian, who runs a peace foundation, insisted her candidacy was serious, though she didn’t campaign nor fundraise, nor want publicity.
Then she told us something we didn’t ask — that she had been telling her supporters to vote for the Republican in the race, her friend Miguel Díaz de la Portilla, who in the end did not win.
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