Email Insights: Ana Rivas Logan says relations with Cuba will be part of a strong Florida economy

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In an email to supporters, former state Representative Ana Rivas Logan comes to the defense of Charlie Crist’s decision to visit Cuba.

Crist believes the U.S. embargo of Cuba, which has lasted more than five decades, has outlived its effectiveness. The visit, which could come this summer, is part of a plan to explore “normalized relations” with the island nation 90 miles off Key West.

“Fidel Castro took everything from my family when he assumed power in Cuba, forcing us to leave with just the clothes on our backs,” Logan wrote.

“Rick Scott is putting more energy into desperate political and personal attacks on Charlie Crist than he is thinking about what would help build a strong Florida economy, which is exactly what ending the Cuba Trade Embargo would do.”

Logan was born in Nicaragua after her parents fled Cuba. She left Republican Party of Florida in February in part because of pressure she felt by current Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera to support a 2011 Arizona-style immigration bill.

“Our neighbors 90 miles away are suffering under tyrannical government in part because of a failed economic policy that Rick Scott still defends,” she continued.

Logan points out Scott’s comment that Crist’s visit makes him a “puppet” of the Castro regime — a comment more fitting for 1964 than 2014.

“While Scott tries to score cheap political  points,” Logan said, “Charlie Crist wants to help build a strong Florida economy for the middle class while at the same time bringing more economic freedom to the Cuban people and end human rights violations.”

Logan believes it is time to move forward on Cuba – for the sake of Florida’s economic growth.

She does offer a compelling argument.

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