Politics

Miami Airport Workers' Union Endorses Tim Canova

At this point, it's clear that virtually all of the support for Tim Canova's congressional campaign is coming from the same frothing section of the populace that's pulling for Bernie Sanders. In March, two major unions —  the Communication Workers of America and National Nurses United —  both endorsed Canova after also throwing their support behind Sanders. (Nurses United has even been driving "Bernie Buses" around, canvassing on foot for the frozen warlock of a presidential candidate.) Veterans for Bernie Sanders too has thrown its support behind Canova, who is Debbie Wasserman Schultz's first real primary challenger during her 16-year career.

Today, Canova picked up yet another big endorsement, this time from the Transportation Workers United 538, which represents the 2,500 Miami International Airport employees.

"Our issues at MIA are federal in nature, and over the past several years, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has been virtually 'missing in action' when it comes to supporting our members' issues, unlike other members of the South Florida delegation," Union President Sidney Jimenez said in a statement. He added: "Tim will work with us side-by-side to ensure our members sustain good-paying jobs with quality healthcare and retirement security."

He then said he will "personally knock on as many doors as I can" and formulate a "boots-on-the-ground" program to defeat Wassmerman Schultz.

As our sister paper Miami New Times said on Wednesday, Wasserman Schultz's status as Hillary Clinton's satanic hench-person is something of a strange turnaround for a woman once known as "Little Debbie," a woman too liberal for her own good. (We think a lot of the hate stems from sexism, but I digress.)

Though Canova has received a ton of national press — and $500,000 in campaign donations — since he announced his candidacy in January, one major, flapping red flag remains: Whether anyone within Florida (and especially Broward County) actually wants to vote for him. Broward is one of the nation's staunchest, traditionally Democratic communities — three-quarters of both Broward and Miami-Dade voted for Clinton during the Democratic primary. Online, it seems that the vast majority of Canova's support is coming from out-of-state Sanders supporters, and Canova has yet to publish a geographic breakdown of his donations.

Regardless, today's endorsement is further proof that a real fight is brewing.
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Jerry Iannelli is a staff writer for Miami New Times. He graduated with honors from Temple University. He then earned a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University. He moved to South Florida in 2015.
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