Crist picks Taddeo-Goldstein as running mate
Published: Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 11:44 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 11:44 a.m.
MIAMI — Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist chose Miami-Dade County Democratic Party Chairwoman Annette Taddeo-Goldstein as his running mate Thursday, a pick that could help him ease any doubts among the important South Florida party base that his political conversion is for real.
Taddeo-Goldstein also serves as a Florida Democratic Party vice chair and sits on the Democratic National Committee's executive committee. She was her party's nominee for Congress in an unsuccessful campaign against Republican incumbent Ileana Ros-Lehtinen in 2008.
She also formed and runs her own business, LanguageSpeak, which offers translation services and tutoring in more than 100 languages.
"Annette is a remarkable woman and a classic American success story," former Gov. Crist said in a prepared statement announcing the decision. "She will make an excellent lieutenant governor because as a working mom she knows Florida families are struggling to pay their bills, raise their kids, and save for retirement — and because she believes, as I do, that all Floridians deserve a fair shot at success."
Taddeo-Goldstein was born in Colombia to an American father and Colombian mother and spent the first 17 years of her life in the South American country.
The pick comes less than six weeks ahead of the Democratic primary against former Senate Democratic Leader Nan Rich. Crist was a lifelong Republican until running for Senate as an independent in 2010. He first registered as a Democrat less than two years ago.
If Crist is the party's nominee to face Republican Gov. Rick Scott, the choice might also help with two key constituencies — women and Hispanics.
Crist was a lifelong Republican until running for Senate as an independent in 2010. He first registered as a Democrat less than two years ago.
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