DEMS RISING Shalala running for Congress
By Alex Daugherty And David Smiley
March 05, 2018 08:57 PM
Donna Shalala, the former University of Miami president and Health and Human Services secretary, is officially running as a Democrat to replace retiring Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, according to Federal Election Commission paperwork filed Monday.
Shalala, 77, has never run for elected office, but her presence shakes up a crowded Democratic primary in a district that includes most of Miami Beach, downtown Miami and coastal Miami-Dade County. The district favors Democrats, as Hillary Clinton defeated President Donald Trump by 19.7 percentage points there in 2016.
Shalala did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday night.
Fernand Amandi, a pollster and political consultant who has been advising Shalala as she contemplated her candidacy, said she planned to speak later in the week.
“She will declare her intentions officially on what she plans on doing Wednesday morning,” Amandi said.Read More...