Charlie Crist names Miami Democrat Annette Taddeo-Goldstein as running mate

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Charlie Crist, the likely Democratic nominee for Florida governor, has chosen Annette Taddeo-Goldstein, one of Florida’s top Democratic Hispanic leaders as his running mate in November.

Colombian-born Taddeo-Goldstein serves as Chair of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party, Vice-Chair of the Florida Democratic Party and DNC Executive Committee member. She is also founder and CEO of LanguageSpeak, a Miami translation and language-instruction services firm.

“Annette is a remarkable woman and a classic American success story,” Crist said. “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.”

A former 2008 Democratic candidate for Florida’s 18th Congressional District, Taddeo-Goldstein raised over $1.3 million and receiving more votes than any other Democrat to run in that district. She is married to Dr. Eric Goldstein, a Clinical Psychologist and motivational speaker — is considered by the FDP to be a leading Hispanic figure in Florida politics.

Taddeo-Goldstein hosts a political talk show, Taddeo 2Day, and is a regular guest on Hispanic TV and radio shows.

“As a working mom and a small businesswoman, I am thrilled to serve with a man who has always fought for Florida’s middle class families,” Taddeo said of today’s announcement. “We deserve a governor who understands the struggle our families and seniors are facing and works everyday to make our lives better – not harder.”

Crist named  Taddeo-Goldstein this morning at a press event at the Lab Miami in the Wynwood Arts District.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.