FLORIDA 27 (R -- OPEN) | FL-27

Primary Rival Attacks Shalala’s Record

Shalala has not formally announced her candidacy.

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Feb. 5, 2018, 10:57 a.m.

“From a labor fight with University of Miami janitors to her profitable role with a ‘Big Insurance’ firm,” former Clinton Foundation Director Donna Shalala (D) has been criticized by “a likely rival” who expects her to enter the race.

Shalala has not announced her candidacy, but former Circuit Court Judge Mary Barzee Flores (D) “is campaigning as if the longtime Democratic Party standard-bearer is in the race but running past her prime.” Flores criticized Shalala’s record on health care, labor, housing, and the environment.

Flores: “Donna Shalala, especially maybe over the last decade or two, has on occasion after occasion demonstrated that her values are actually quite different than my values and I think out of touch with the values of the Democratic Party in general and particularly the democratic voters of this district.”

“Barzee Flores’ critique provides a road map for the hits Shalala will likely face in what could be a long and bitter campaign for the district. The race already has eight Democrats raising millions of dollars ahead of an Aug. 28 primary.” The seat of retiring Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R) is the most vulnerable on the map. (Politico)

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