Lin-Manuel Miranda endorses Florida Sen. Annette Taddeo in Coral Gables
Award-winning actor and playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda was with his Puerto Rican father Luis Miranda, a Democratic Party consultant, when he endorsed Florida Sen. Annette Taddeo on Thursday in Coral Gables.
Miranda, 42, of New York, stood on a small stage near Taddeo, a Colombian-American Democratic businesswoman running for the U.S. Congress, and other Democrats at the little square in Books & Books during a Latino Victory Fund event.
“I know that you are sick of the political stunts being played with our people,” Miranda said referring to the Florida migrant flights from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard.
Taddeo, 55, who is running to represent Florida’s 27th Congressional District, has criticized her opponent Rep. María Elvira Salazar, 60, the Cuban-American incumbent who has local name recognition as a retired Spanish-speaking talk show host, for not standing up against the migrant flights.
“You can’t be for freedom en Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela if you are not going to defend our freedom and our Democracy in the United States of America,” Taddeo said about Salazar’s stance.
Lin-Manuel Miranda — who wrote the music for “The Little Mermaid,” “Encanto,” “Vivo,” “In the Heights,” the smash-hit “Hamilton” and more — said it’s important for young Latinos to “get out the vote!”
The rally was also promoting Rep. Charlie Crist, who is running for Florida Governor; Karla Hernandez-Mats, who is running for Lieutenant Governor; Maxwell Frost, who is running for Florida’s 10th Congressional District; Janelle Perez, who is running for Senate District 38; and A.J. D’Amico, who is running for House District 113.
Early voting starts on Oct. 24.