This Week in South Florida: Karla Hernandez-Mats

By the time Charlie Crist officially named Miami Dade Teachers Union President Karla Hernandez-Mats as his running mate for lieutenant governor, the opposition had already launched.

PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – By the time Charlie Crist officially named Miami-Dade Teachers Union President Karla Hernandez-Mats as his running mate for lieutenant governor, the opposition had already launched.

Crist’s choice meant to send a signal that he’ll focus on education as a major policy issue in the race, but the DeSantis campaign quickly made the educator the issue.

The attack on Hernandez-Mats was fast and furious, calling her a “union boss,” a “radical leftist,” a lover of Fidel Castro and too close to a fellow teacher and union steward found guilty of sexually assaulting some of his students.

Hernandez-Mats joined This Week in South Florida hosts Michael Putney and Glenna Milberg to discuss, and their conversation can be seen at the top of this page.


About the Authors:

Glenna Milberg joined Local 10 News in September 1999 to report on South Florida's top stories and community issues. She also serves as co-host on Local 10's public affairs broadcast, "This Week in South Florida."

Michael Putney came to Local 10 in 1989 to become senior political reporter and host of "This Week In South Florida with Michael Putney." He is Local 10's senior political reporter.