Even More Republicans Jump Ship, Switch to the Democratic Party

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: Monday, March 31, 2014
Contact: Rachel Johnson, 305.771.2167
Email: rachel@miamidadedems.org

TODAY: More Republicans Jump Ship, Switch to the Democratic Party

Today, even more Republicans will join the growing list of Floridians changing party registration to join the Big Tent party at an event at Miami-Dade Democratic Party headquarters.

"I am fed up with the Republican Party," says Cuban-American business owner Maggie Fernandez, who will change registration tomorrow. "It's time to stand up and say that the GOP — which grows more extreme and exclusive by the day — has left me, and no longer stands for my interests or values."

"On the heels of Rick Scott and his team's disgraceful behavior and disrespect toward the Hispanic community, it's no surprise that more Republicans are stepping forward to say: Enough is enough," said Miami-Dade Democratic Party chair Annette Taddeo-Goldstein. "In recent weeks we have seen dramatically reinforced a fact we already knew to be true: The GOP is not the party that stands for Florida's Hispanic and minority communities."

The facts speak clearly for themselves:

  • In Miami-Dade County, 43% of registered voters are Democrats compared to only 28% Republican.
  • Hispanics in Miami-Dade have now become the largest segment of registered Democrats in the county (39% Hispanic, 36% African American, 19% Anglo)
  • Statewide many more Hispanics continue to register Democrat than do Republican. Republicans have hit a 14% ceiling among new Hispanic registrants.

What: Press event where multiple Republicans will change their party registration to Democrat

When: Tuesday, April 1st at 11 am

Where: Miami-Dade Democratic Party headquarters, 2141 SW 1st Street, Suite 204, Miami 33135. (Parking is available in the lot below the building located off SW 21st Court.)

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