Jose Javier Rodriguez
We don't need more hate in Florida
March 11 2019 at the capitol in Tallahassee a press conference was held against a new law that they want to bring the Republicans and Governor Desantis so that our police and other public employees work with immigration to stop more immigrants.
Several elected officials and people affected by our community spoke against family separation and detention of immigrants.
We don't need more hate in Florida, what we need is a permanent solution!
- NoSB168 #WeAreFl
Tomas Kennedy May 10 2019:
Supporting Jose Javier Rodriguez
Tomas Kennedy, April 4 2018;
The real progressive in the CD27 race is Jose Javier Rodriguez! Whether he is fighting against electricity monopolies like FPL, standing up for immigrants, protecting our environment, or defending labor unions, he can be counted on to be on the right side of the issues. Vote for him. — attending Miami for Jose Javier: Fundraiser and Volunteer Kick-Off with Patrick Hidalgo, Laura Estefania Munoz Quinones, Maria Asuncion Bilbao and Mahrye Perez at 1306 Miami.
New Florida Majority support
South Florida Democratic candidates who had no reason to expect victory are preparing to be sworn in to office now thanks to the votes of people whom the pollsters largely ignored: unlikely voters.
One election post-mortem from the liberal nonprofit America Votes suggests unlikely voters cast 34 percent of the early and mail-in absentee votes during this election, propelling liberal Democrats such as Jose Javier Rodriguez of Miami and State Senator Maria Sachs of Boca Raton unexpectedly to the winners' circle.
An unlikely voter, says America Votes Florida director Josh Geise, is one who scores below 80 on a zero-to-100 scale of voting history, age, ethnicity, neighborhood and other factors that measure the propensity for voting. The likely voter model in use by several polling organizations uses only three elements: voting history, the voter's self-described intention to vote and his or her enthusiasm for the campaign.
The task for Democratic ground-gamers was to goad the unlikelys out of their torpor and campaigners say Republican legislators and Gov. Rick Scott made that easy with the voting law they passed in 2011.
"The (voter roll) purges, the crackdown on early voting -- all those things that were an attempt to make those voters even less likely to vote -- those things really ticked people off," says Gihan Perera, who runs the political nonprofit New Florida Majority. FNM staff and volunteers made calls and knocked on doors for Rodriguez, Sachs and other Democrats around the state.
Rodriguez joins a crowded Democratic primary field, but party insiders are abuzz about his chances because of his record and because 65 percent of the voters in the congressional district are registered to vote in Florida’s 37th Senate District, which Rodriguez currently represents.
“It’s the right time to run and to represent this district in Congress,” said Rodriguez, who first announced his candidacy in his hometown paper, The Miami Herald. “A lot of the issues of my district are relevant to the congressional seat: healthcare, tax policy and the environment, especially sea-level rise.”
A Cuban-American, Harvard-educated lawyer, the 38-year-old Rodriguez has displayed a knack for winning elections against tough Republican opponents. He beat former state Sen. Alex Diaz de la Portilla in a 2012 state House race and then beat his brother, state Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, last year in an expensive state Senate race.
What’s more: Rodriguez’s state Senate term doesn’t expire until 2020. So he can campaign next year without quitting his state Senate seat because the Legislature did not change the resign-to-run statute for state office holders seeking a federal post.
"Unless there's some huge problem, Jose is the next congressman from the district. He checks all the boxes," said one top Florida Democrat, summing up the mood of other consultants and insiders.
Rodriguez has also married into political royalty in Miami. His wife, Sonia Succar Rodriguez, is the granddaughter of Maurice Ferre, Miami’s first Hispanic mayor and the first Puerto Rican-born mayor in the United States. Ferré’s daughter-in-law, Helen Aguirre Ferre, is an adviser to President Trump and director of White House media affairs.