The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Monday will announce that it’s adding former Miami-Dade County Democratic Party Chairman Joe Garcia to its “Red to Blue” program, which targets GOP-held districts, according to a source close to the campaign.
Garcia is running again in South Florida’s 25th district after coming within 6 points of beating Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R) in 2008. Last cycle Garcia proved a prolific fundraiser, eventually raising about $1.8 million after entering the contest in February 2008.
Garcia was heavily recruited by DCCC officials earlier this year after Diaz-Balart announced his intention to give up his current seat in order to run in the neighboring 21st district. Garcia’s entry into the race in April brought cheers from Democrats, who are trying to play some offense in a cycle in which they are mostly playing defense.
Garcia is all but certain to face state Rep. David Rivera (R) this fall. Rivera raised $700,000 in his first six weeks of campaigning earlier this year.
Garcia will be the 14th candidate that the DCCC has named to the Red to Blue program this cycle.