U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart was named a “Guardian of Seniors’ Rights” and presented with an award Thursday from right-leaning retirement group the 60 Plus Association.
“I’m grateful to receive this award from the 60 Plus Association. Preserving Social Security for current and future generations, saving Medicare, and repealing the estate and death taxes are important to our seniors, and these issues are ones that I strongly support,” the Miami Republican said. “I have fought to protect the rights of seniors across Southern Florida, and will proudly continue to do so.”
Founded in 1992, the 60 Plus Association advocates repeal of the federal estate tax and for a privatized option for Social Security, among other issues. The group represents about 7 million seniors.
The Miami Republican faces little competition for re-election to Florida’s 25th Congressional District this year, and the district’s demographics make it exceptionally friendly for Republicans.
His only opposition is Democrat Alina Valdes, a doctor and educator, who had just $6,500 on hand as of Aug. 10, compared to more than $1.1 million cash-on-hand for Diaz-Balart.