Florida Public Employees
March 14, 2014
By: Elaine De Valle, Ladra Political Coltadito
It was very unlikely that the union representing Miami-Dade Police officers or the firefighters would back Miami-Dade Commissioner Lynda Bell – who has drawn the ire of labor leaders with her consistent votes against county employees — in her re-election.
Wednesday, they officially endorsed challenger Daniella Levine Cava in the race for District 8.
Nobody is surprised with that — especially since the Police Benevolent Association already contributed to her campaign — although an official endorsement does seem a little early. But maybe that’s intentional: The backing could add momentum to a campaign that is already creating a bit of a stir and making Bell and her supporters a little bit nervous.
And it also adds people — volunteers to make calls and knock on doors — and the all important cash. The Police Benevolent Association, in particular, is known for putting their money where their mouth is by funding PAC attack ads, which is good for Levine since Bell has out-raised her so far by more than 2 to 1.
We knew it was coming — which is why the PBA said “publicly” in its Facebook announcement.
“Today, the Dade County PBA and the IAFF 1403 publicly announced their endorsement of Daniella Levine Cava who is running for Miami-Dade County Commission Dist. 8 against incumbent Lynda Bell. It is in the rarest of cases when the PBA issues an early endorsement in a race,” it said. “The endorsement issued by Miami-Dade County’s largest police organization is one of the toughest endorsements for a candidate to receive. It is also the most highly sought after endorsement because of the organization’s strength and credibility with Miami-Dade County voters.”
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