Annette Taddeo suspends campaign because of Irma – Florida Politics

Annette Taddeo suspends campaign because of Irma

Annette Taddeo, Democratic candidate for South Florida’s Senate District 40, says she is suspending her campaign as Hurricane Irma approaches the state.

“Our community’s safety must be our singular focus right now,” she said in a statement. “Therefore, I have instructed my team to move to immediately suspend campaign activities and have asked that we pause any advertising from airing as soon as possible.

“I call on my opponents to join me in this effort and ask that both sides immediately cease campaigning to ensure our teams and their families can prepare for the storm,” she added. “We will also shift any campaign efforts to focus on hurricane preparedness as I remember my families’ challenges as they lived through Hurricane Andrew and the need to have all hands on deck as our community braces for Hurricane Irma.

“I urge everyone to heed the warnings issued as we prepare for the worst and hope for the best,” Taddeo said, echoing Gov. Rick Scott‘s statement on the storm.

Taddeo is running against Republican Jose Felix Diaz and independent Christian “He-Man” Schlaerth for the seat, vacated by former GOP Sen. Frank Artiles. Their campaigns have not yet responded to Taddeo.

Gov. Rick Scott ordered a special election for the district on Sept. 26.

Jim Rosica covers state government from Tallahassee for Florida Politics. He previously was the Tampa Tribune’s statehouse reporter. Before that, he covered three legislative sessions in Florida for The Associated Press. Jim graduated from law school in 2009 after spending nearly a decade covering courts for the Tallahassee Democrat, including reporting on the 2000 presidential recount. He can be reached at


  1. He-Man instructed his team on Tuesday to focus on preparations for themselves, their families and their neighbors. He didn’t issue a press release and he hasn’t run any negative ads, let alone at 8 PM tonight! True leadership is leading by example, doing so quietly and not pandering. He-Man will be a great State Senator for all the people in SD40. The other two candidates are just stooges for their corporate paymasters.

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