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Email insights: NRCC places Annette Taddeo squarely in its sights

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Newly announced congressional candidate Annette Taddeo has already raised the ire of the National Republican Congressional Committee, which asks what constitutes “middle class”?

In an opening attack email, NRCC spokesperson Chris Pack says it certainly isn’t Taddeo. She is challenging first-term Republican state Rep. Carlos Curbelo in Florida’s 26th Congressional District, which seesawed between the two parties in the past two election cycles.

As proof, they provide a convenient link to a clip of Charlie Crist’s former running mate tell MSNBC that she is indeed “middle class.”

“Taddeo’s comments … are comical,” Pack says, “when you consider that 15 months ago she listed her net worth at $5,713,300.”

The Miami Democrat’s assets include a 6,500-square foot mansion — not even in the 26th Congressional District, they helpfully note — assessed at $1.25 million.

According to the South Florida Business Journal, the average annual salary of Floridians is $40,750, so few will be moving to a mansion like Taddeo’s anytime soon.

“Only in the fantasyland of Annette Taddeo does being worth $5.7 million make you part of the middle class,” Pack continued. “Someone should tell Taddeo that the reason why she has lost every campaign she has ever run in is because voters don’t appreciate being lied to and having their intelligence insulted in the process.”

However, if this attack email right from the start demonstrates anything, it’s this: The contest could quickly become among the toughest (and priciest) in the nation. In 2014, outside groups and campaigns together spent $15 million in the race between and incumbent Joe Garcia and Curbelo, who won by only two points, 51 to 49 percent.

With that, it would undoubtedly take a millionaire to run in this race, anyway.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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