The mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, announced her endorsement of Philip Levine in his bid to become Florida’s next governor. It’s an endorsement that could help Levine with the 1 million Puerto Ricans who now call Florida home.
In a video (see below) produced for the Levine campaign, Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz tells of how Levine contacted her immediately after Hurricane Maria swept through Puerto Rico last year. He told Cruz he had a charter airplane full of relief supplies that he wanted to deliver to her country.
“And then out of nowhere, I got a phone call from this guy I had never heard of, that I had never met. ‘Hi Mayor, my name is Philip Levine.’ Not Mayor of Miami Beach, just Philip Levine. ‘And I’ve been watching you and your people, and I am going to get on a plane and I’ll be there Saturday with medicine, food and supplies,” Cruz says in the video.
“You don’t feel alone anymore. And if he did that for San Juan, for someone that he didn’t know, just think what he can do for you,” Cruz added.
Cruz has become a strong political figure in Puerto Rican politics, especially after standing up to President Donald Trump for what she saw as a lack of support from the federal government in the days that followed the hurricane.
“I am so honored to receive the endorsement of Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, who has continued fighting for her people even when Washington turned its back on Puerto Rico—she’s a public servant in the truest sense of the word and I’m humbled to have her support in this election,” Levine said in response to the Cruz endorsement. “Much remains to be done, both on the island and here in Florida.”
Cruz has also endorsed other Democrats in Florida, including U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and Central Florida U.S. Rep. Darren Soto.
Levine is the former mayor of Miami Beach. He’s running against former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, Palm Beach billionaire real estate investor Jeff Greene, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and Orlando-area businessman Chris King for the Democratic gubernatorial nominations.. Recent polls have shown Levine running second to Graham in the race.