Direct mail round-up: Fla. Dems nail Alex Diaz de la Portilla on education funding

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The Florida Democratic Party today released a new mailer, highlighting what it describes as how state representative Alex Diaz De La Portilla voted to “cut millions of dollars from Florida’s university system while draining millions more from local public schools — putting the interest of lobbyists and Tallahassee special interests ahead of the Florida’s middle class families. The mailer will arrive at homes in the Miami Dade area starting this week.”

“Florida Republicans like Alex De La Portilla have drained millions of dollars from our public schools — causing teachers to be laid off, class sizes to grow, and cuts to important programs like arts and athletics,” said Brannon Jordan, Spokeswoman for the Florida Democratic Party. “And even worse, they’ve robbed funding from our schools while continuing to waste our tax dollars on themselves and handouts to corporate special interests. Investing in our education system is the key to growing our economy and our schools are the pathways to economic opportunity for middle class families — but politicians like De La Portilla have shown time and again that Republicans in Tallahassee have the wrong priorities and are hurting our teachers, students and parents.”

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