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That's Joe Garcia. He's really the Democrat standing with Barack Obama.
David Nir touched on one of the craziest stories coming out of this primary election in Monday's digest. Where else would this crazy story be than in Florida, in the 26th District primary between Orange to Blue candidate Joe Garcia, businesswoman Gloria Romero Roses, and some dude named Justin Lamar Sternad. All three are running to unseat one of the nation's more corrupt members of Congress, Republican David Rivera.

Or, two of them are working to unseat Rivera. It's not at all clear what Justin Lamar Sternad is up to.

Political unknown Justin Lamar Sternad is running as a Democrat but sounds awfully like a Republican in his mail pieces, some of which have an immigration-hardliner ring and just so happen to emanate from the same Hialeah outfit that did nearly $100,000 worth of work for incumbent Republican Congressman David Rivera in 2010. One Sternad mailer repeats some tough (and likely false) comments from Rivera about another Democratic challenger, Joe Garcia, who lost to the congressman in 2010.
How right-wing is this guy? He's calling for English as the official language in his mail pieces, and says, "Americans in Florida are being discriminated against by employers who hire illegal immigrants and take jobs away from our law-abiding citizens." Sternad, "a night employee of South Beach's Wyndham Garden hotel," has raised less than $12.000 for his "campaign," and over $10,000 of that came from himself (or a very generous personal gift from some benefactor). Then there's this:
In addition to repeating Rivera's criticisms of Garcia's divorce, Sternad also appears to be misappropriating President Obama's campaign trademark "O" for his campaign. He might also be trying to persuade unaware voters that he's black, sending out two civil rights-themed mailers that depict Obama and  Martin Luther King. One mailer also features Rep. Dwight Bullard and his mother, whom he hopes to succeed, state Sen. Larcenia Bullard. They have no photos of the lilly-white Sternad, who is listing his campaign name as "Lamar Sternad" even though he goes by Justin Sternad in his business life.
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He also won't answer reporters questions about his campaign finances, whether he's trying to hide his race from voters and give the impression that he's black, or why it is that he uses the exact same tactics and talking points against Garcia as Republican Rivera. The campaign phone goes straight to voice mail, and Sternad has been a no-show at editorial board meetings.

Just a tiny bit suspicious, no? It sure looks like Rivera is trying his damnedest to make sure Joe Garcia doesn't survive the Aug. 17 primary, and Sternad is Rivera's spoiler and stooge.

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Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Mon Aug 06, 2012 at 04:15 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (14+ / 0-)

    "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." —Warren Buffett

    by Joan McCarter on Mon Aug 06, 2012 at 04:15:18 PM PDT

  •  Lots of bogus Dems this year (0+ / 0-)

    Sure looks to me like the GOP is running scared, so all the stops have been pulled out.

    •  No, this guy is a freelance weirdo. (3+ / 0-)
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      auron renouille, JML9999, jethrock

      Stephen Colbert did a big piece on him where he tried to track him down. He submits himself for races EVERY election cycle, at least once running against himself - and is a reclusive Howard Hughes figure to boot - no one Colbert interviewed could remember ever meeting or even seeing the guy (including a reporter who's followed Sternad for years!) . Very weird individual, but I don't think he can be reduced to a GOP dirty trick.

      •  Pope Buck, research shows he's a newcommer. (0+ / 0-)

        I think you may be mistaking this candidate for another.  Both the FEC & Florida Division of Elections show that this candidate has never run prior to this election cycle.  Colbert could easily find this guy as he works in South Beach.  The article by the Miami Herald gave out his place of employement.  I do agree with what you said, though.  I don't think he can be reduced to a GOP dirty trick either.

    •  Have you seen this Dude Dems (not me) are (1+ / 0-)
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      running this year in Tennessee for the US Senate?

      Via Mother Jones:

      Dems Nominate Anti-Gay Conspiracy Theorist for Senate

      Romney/Rove 2012: If you liked Bush's Brain... you'll love Romney's.

      by jethrock on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 08:29:47 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  If Dem voters in the primary end up voting for (1+ / 0-)
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    a poorly funded guy who campaigns as a Republican and not for a fairly well known local politician, they will get the candidate they want. I would worry if the guy was very well funded.

  •  More of the Tennesee Shmaltz? (1+ / 0-)
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    Mark Clayton

    The 1st Amendment gives you the right to say stupid things, the 1st Amendment doesn't guarantee a paycheck to say stupid things.

    by JML9999 on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 07:49:07 PM PDT

  •  What on Earth is going on in Florida? (0+ / 0-)

    Very bizarre news coming out of that state lately... is this intramural state party issues boiling over?  Would be interested in learning more from folks on the ground who are familiar with politics down there as to whether this is a systemic issue or just a really bad news week for Floridians.

    "The first drawback of anger is that it destroys your inner peace; the second is that it distorts your view of reality. If you come to understand that anger is really unhelpful, you can begin to distance yourself from anger." - The Dalai Lama

    by auron renouille on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 07:53:09 PM PDT

  •  This is why people hate politics and politicians. (0+ / 0-)

    Myself included.

    But also why I know I must pay attention to this crap.

    Romney/Rove 2012: If you liked Bush's Brain... you'll love Romney's.

    by jethrock on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 08:25:58 PM PDT

  •  Never heard of this guy (0+ / 0-)

    I live in the adjacent district, and have not seen any signs or palm cards for this person. If he's a shill for Riviera, I don't believe it will work. Expect Garcia v. Riviera again this November.

    Go, Joe!

    •  Never Heard of this guy? (0+ / 0-)

      I saw some signs close by the busway in Cutler Bay by the Target on US1.  They weren't but a few on the fence.  Curiously his signs and Joe Garcia's signs disappeared.  Only Gustavo Marin signs remain......more funny business I suspect.

  •  Florida Congressional District 26 (0+ / 0-)

    Sternad is probably not the only ringer in this district.  Gloria Romero Roses is the other ringer.  She lives 50 miles away from the district, is not known by anyone so she has no chance of winning against Rivera.  The DCCC and the DNC recruited her to make sure that David Rivera survives.  It is a well remembered fact that in 2008, the chair of the DNC (at the time the chair of Red to Blue) could not support the three candidates running against the Republican Diaz Balart brothers or Ileana Ros Lehthinen because they were her "buddies" in Congress.  This memory is still very vivid among all Miami Democrats regardless of their ethnicity or race.

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