The Democratic State Senator from Miami has announced she is seeking the governorship in Florida If she is successful in winning the Democratic nomination, she will become the very first Latina from the State to compete as governor for the major political party.
State Senator. Annette Taddeo, who was contemplating running for a while, told Republican Governor. Ron DeSantis' ban on school masks and threats to penalize school districts who resisted his authority inspired her to contest the race.
"Frankly being a mom with a child in public schools, it was not a good idea. I was shocked," Taddeo said.
The winner of who wins the Democratic primary will be able to compete in the November. 8th, 2022 general election to decide the Republican candidate. This is likely to be DeSantis who's image has been boosted nationally during his first term because the candidate has been fighting restrictions on school-based masks, lockdowns and the regulation of vaccinations in the coronavirus epidemic.
There are two other Democratic candidates have more popularity than Taddeo in the state of California: U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, a former governor as well as the Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried. Crist and Fried have been alternating as leaders in the polls. Taddeo born in Colombia is a popular figure in her home district of Miami.
"Threatening to remove people from office who are duly elected by the people, taking funds away from our taxpayer dollars for our kids' education, this is the kind of thing we see Maduro in Venezuela do," Taddeo stated about DeSantis, in reference at his Venezuelan president, Nicolas Maduro. "It's unacceptable in the United States of America, and I'm not going to stand on the sidelines and not fight for us to have a governor that can represent us all and a governor that will actually be worried about Floridians and not primary voters in Iowa."
Taddeo made a video to introduce herself to voters. She says she had a firsthand understanding of what it meant to have the ability to afford health insurance after having 19 surgeries to correct Cleft lip.
The video addressed her father as well as her family background.
Taddeo has been vocal about the absence of consistent and timely Democratic engagement with Latinos which make up more than 27,07% of population in Florida. Republicans have performed admirably in Florida during the 2020 election. Not only did the former president Donald Trump win the state and the state's presidency, but Republicans also won two seats in the House of Representatives held by Democrats and also won a number of the state's House as well as Senate seats while retaining the state's government in.
"I am definitely an Latina that has warned Democrats about the decline of Democratic support if they don't take action. I've managed to build the coalition that has won twice in what's now an Trump district." Taddeo told reporters.
She claimed that she was in a position to counter Republican attacks, like calling Democrats communists or socialists through her personal experiences.
Her father was who was an Italian American from New Jersey was a resident of Colombia after serving during World War II as a fighter pilot. He was instructing Colombians to pilot helicopters when he first met her mother, Taddeo. They got married. Taddeo stated that the farm where she grew up was acquired by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (RAFCO), an armed Marxist militant group. The group members abducted her father. He managed to escape but was afraid of reprisals, Taddeo left alone at 17 and headed to Alabama which is where she finished high school and went on to attend college.
"I am a lifelong Democrat and very proud of it," Taddeo declared in a subtle joke at Crist whom was Republican during his time as governor from 2007 until 2011. "I consider myself a progressive, and my progressive values do not ever leave."