Riddle Me This: On Cuban-American Politics

Thursday, May 8, 2014
There are only two majority Cuban-American Congressional Districts in the United States -- Florida 27, represented by U.S. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), and Florida 25, represented by U.S. Representative Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL).

(In case you are wondering, Florida 26, represented by U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia (D-FL), is not a majority Cuban-American Congressional District.)

U.S. Reps. Ros-Lehtinen and Diaz-Balart are among the strongest supporters of maintaining and strengthening sanctions towards Cuba's Castro dictatorship.

Critics of U.S. Reps. Ros-Lehtinen and Diaz-Balart argue that they are "out of touch" and too "single-issue focused" on Cuba.

For example, The Tampa Bay Times' [unprofessional and disrespectful] Editorial Board wrote about them recently, "the vitriolic responses [...] by two Cuban-American members of Congress from Miami are predictable, outdated and out of touch with generational and demographic changes."

Yet, last Friday, May 2nd, was the filing deadline for candidates for the U.S. Congress in Florida and their vitriolic foes could not find any viable opponents to run against them.


Because they would be too tough to beat.