Nation: DCCC Adds Garcia, Moore to ‘Red to Blue’

Posted May 3, 2010 at 6:03pm

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Monday added Florida candidate Joe Garcia and Kansas candidate Stephene Moore to its “Red to Blue” program.

Garcia, formerly the chairman of the Miami-Dade County Democratic Party, 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, raising about $1.8 million, and he was heavily recruited by the DCCC to run this year.

This fall, Garcia is all but certain to face state Rep. David Rivera (R), who raised $700,000 in his first six weeks of campaigning earlier this year.

Moore, the wife of retiring Rep. Dennis Moore (D-Kan.), is the only competitive Democrat in an eastern Kansas district that gave Barack Obama 51 percent of the presidential vote in 2008.

Garcia and Moore bring to 15 the number of Red to Blue candidates.

Although the DCCC’s program is intended to help candidates in districts held by Republicans, the committee sometimes includes open-seat candidates in tough districts.