Carlos Curbelo Gets Trump Money Despite Criticism
Congressman Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) didn't vote for Donald Trump in the 2016 election, but the Miami Herald reports that his campaign is about to get a cash bump from POTUS45 as he fights for re-election. Same for Congressman Mario Díaz-Balart (R-FL) (who did vote for Trump) and is also facing a competitive re-election. The Florida Republicans are part of a group of 100 Republicans nationwide that are receiving direct financial support from the president as the GOP seeks to maintain control of Congress. Curbelo, in fact, was one of the first Republicans to raise the issue of impeachment. He has also been critical of the president's stance on DACA and climate change. “We have neither solicited nor received said contribution,” said Joanna Rodríguez, a spokesperson for Curbelo. His Democratic-leaning district is nearly 70% Hispanic and more than 60% of voters in Miami voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016. And despite this cash infusing from the leader of the party, Curbelo was not supported by the GOP over the summer. Despite touting his “What a Country!” political action committee as a way to support like-minded Republicans on immigration and dishing out $152,600 to 61 House Republicans over the past three years -- he still got played. When Curbelo needed just 25 Republicans to support his push in June for a discharge petition -- a parliamentary move designed to bypass House leadership and bring the issue of immigration reform to the House floor -- they did not return the favor. Only 20 of the 61 Republicans he contributed to signed on, leaving the effort two votes short of the necessary threshold. Thirteen of those who received funds both refused to sign the discharge petition and also voted against the compromise legislation. Curbelo will likely best Souraya Faas in the August 28th primary. It’s the general election that likely has him worried. More here.