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February 11, 2016

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: I am NOT Retiring #FL27

Ros-Lehtinen is not retiring. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., is not retiring from Congress — much to the chagrin of Democrats eyeing her increasingly competitive Miami-area seat.

After top House Democrats suggested the 12-term Republican could call it quits soon, Abby Livingston emailed the congresswoman’s press staff, expecting a boilerplate statement from her spokesman for Roll Call’s weekly Farm Team series.

Instead, an animated Ros-Lehtinen called her back personally within a couple hours. From Farm Team:

“I am not retiring!” Ileana Ros-Lehtinen exclaimed. “I work hard at my job. I aim to keep it with the help of God and the voters.”

“They have me as the next president of a university,” she continued. “Democrats put out that rumor every six months or so. They always cast a wide net to see what kind of fish they can get.”

Copy that, congresswoman.

  • Guadalupe Garcia

    Ileana has a constituency that goes beyond the State of Florida. Hispanics look to her to provide much needed leadership. We are “like sheep without a shepherd.” Hispanic Republicans know her as a dedicated elected official invaluable to the Republican Party and the nation.

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