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.