Ana Rivas Logan to hold presser this morning on Rick Scott’s “failed Hispanic outreach”

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Billionaire Mike Fernandez abruptly resigned his position as finance co-chair of Gov. Rick Scott’s reelection campaign Thursday, further driving rumors that the leading Cuban-American health care mogul’s departure was due to racism in Scott’s campaign staff.

Seizing on the racially fueled unrest in Scott’s campaign, former Republican state Rep. Ana Rivas Logan and Miami-Dade Democratic Party Chair Annette Taddeo will conduct a telephone conference today at 10:30 a.m. to discuss Rick Scott’s Hispanic outreach, which they call a “failure.”

“The GOP of today is not the party I joined,” says Rivas Logan, who left the Florida Republican Party last month to become a Democrat. “It’s a party that has been radicalized and held hostage by a group of extremists.”

Rivas Logan, born in Nicaragua after her parents emigrated from Cuba, told the Miami Herald  that one of the reasons switched parties is pressure by current Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera to support a 2011 immigration bill in Florida patterned after an Arizona law.

After serving on the Miami-Dade County school board, the former educator was elected to go to Tallahassee in 2010.

In 2012, she lost her re-election primary after redistricting moved her into the same district as another incumbent Republican.

To receive the number and access code for the phone conference, email press@fladems.com

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