Republican Diaz-Balart Brothers Play Musical Chairs

Republican Lincoln Diaz-Balart (FL-21) announced this morning that he was not going to seek re-election. This paved the way for his brother, Mario Diaz-Balart, who currently represents Florida's 25th congressional district to switch districts. Mario will no longer seek re-election in his own district, but instead try to win his brother's seat. From Mario Diaz-Balart statement:
I will seek election to the U.S. House of Representatives this November for Congressional District 21, a seat which will be left vacant after the retirement of Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart.

This is a natural move for me; in my years of public service at both the federal and state levels, I have had the privilege of representing most of the communities that make up Congressional District 21, including Hialeah, Westchester, Doral, Kendall, Miami Lakes, Hialeah Gardens, Medley and Palmetto Bay. I have done so with devotion and dedication, effectively and with proven results.

Presumably, Mario is switching districts because he thinks he is less likely to face a serious Democratic challenger in the 21st. It is hard to imagine that this move would not piss off voters in this political environment. This is not just carpet bagging, but a complete slap in the face to the people in the 25th district. Clearly Mario Diaz-Balart's top priority is just to be a member of Congress, and he has no loyalty to the people who elected him. This just reeks of the sense of entitlement and self-serving that people hate about politicians and Congress.


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