Jose Felix Diaz looking to challenge Joe Garcia for congressional seat?

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The rumor rumbling from South Florida to Tallahassee is that Republican State Representative Jose Felix Diaz, fresh off his contentious win over fellow GOP’er Ana Logan, is eyeing a challenge to Democrat Joe Garcia for the congressional seat Garcia just won from David Rivera. Garcia represents Florida’s 26th Congressional District, a heavily Hispanic seat that is the most Democratic of the three South Florida Cuban-American districts.

A political consultant who has worked for JFD says he’s already made up his mind to run. A legislative colleague of Diaz’ says he’s told them he intends to run.

Meanwhile, the telegenic son of Cuban exiles first elected in 2010, says he’s seriously considering a challenge to Garcia.

“I am sure there are plenty of qualified people that are looking at this seat considering the significance of this position and it’s ability to impact the very real challenges facing our country,” Diaz tells me. “It is an honor being mentioned on a short list of potential candidates. I have indeed been approached by many leaders and constituents in my community. I am humbled by their encouragement and support. It is something that I am seriously considering.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, 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.