By Tal Axelrod
Republican Maria Elvira Salazar announced her candidacy for Florida’s 27th Congressional District on Thursday, possibly setting up a rematch against Rep. Donna Shalala (D) in one of 2018’s most widely watched House races.
Salazar highlighted her heritage in her announcement, underlining her parents fleeing Cuba for the U.S. and using their story as a point of attack against “extreme Washington liberals” who she says are advocating socialist policies.
“We must not be silent. We must not remain on the sidelines while many on the left want to implement in this country the failed socialist system that brought misery, oppression, and exile to many of our countries,” she said in her announcement video.
“I will fight to preserve and protect the freedom for which my parents were willing to give up everything.”
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