Statement from Maria Elvira Salazar on Primary Election Results

“Tonight’s results are truly humbling, and I am incredibly thankful for all of the tremendous support. Our work is just beginning as we move toward victory in November. It is time for our community to once again to have a voice in Congress; a voice that has been absent and silent with Congresswoman Donna Shalala.

Our community knows firsthand the evils of socialism, yet Donna Shalala stays silent as socialists in her party try to transform this country. These dangerous views have allowed rioters run amok throughout the streets all over the country, and Shalala does nothing. Our police need to be supported not defunded, and Shalala refuses to stand up for those who protect us.

We’ve had enough of these politicians acting like corrupt banana republic dictators, gaining power for themselves while ignoring the needs of our community. In Congress, I will fight socialism, work tirelessly to bring jobs to our district, and support law enforcement that keep our community safe. I will always fight for our community. I will always be their voice.”

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Born in Little Havana to parents who fled Cuba with just five dollars in their pocket, the pursuit of freedom and the American Dream was instilled into Maria Elvira Salazar at an early age. While being raised in Miami and Puerto Rico, Salazar listened as her parents told stories of the oppressive communist regime from which they escaped.

Salazar graduated from the University of Miami and later from Harvard University which she paid for herself. She began a career in journalism where she interviewed a wide range of social and political leaders, including Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Alvaro Uribe, Jose Maria Aznar, Vicente Fox, Juan Manuel Santos, Augusto Pinochet, Nicolas Maduro and, more recently, Juan Guaidó. Winning five Emmy Awards, she was recognized for her passion for freedom and uncovering the oppressive communist and socialist regimes in Latin America especially in Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua.

Salazar was recently named an NRCC Young Gun cementing her as a top Republican candidate for Congress.

Florida’s 27th Congressional District includes the city of Miami, Miami Beach, Coral Gables, West Miami, Pinecrest, Key Biscayne, South Miami, North Bay Village, Cutler Bay, and Palmetto Bay.