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Annette Taddeo refuses to talk mansion sale, “middle-class” lifestyle

Annette Taddeo still won’t explain what she considers “middle class,” or at least she isn’t talking about it.

Taddeo, a Democratic candidate for Florida’s 26th Congressional District, again refused to answer questions about her self-proclaimed middle-class lifestyle, one that includes a decidedly not middle class 6,500-square-foot Miami home assessed at $1.25 million.

In a video clip obtained by Florida Politics, Charlie Crist’s former running mate entered a Key Biscayne event on Saturday having nothing to say on the issue. Taddeo is shown briskly walking away after she was asked about plans to sell her mansion.

Taddeo is challenging freshman Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo in the South Florida swing district, which alternated between the two parties over the past two election cycles.

In April, Taddeo faced the wrath of the National Republican Congressional Committee after telling MSNBC that she was “middle class,” despite listing a net worth of $5,713,300 the previous year.

The comment prompted the NRCC to ask a logical question: What constitutes “middle class?”

What Taddeo did eventually tell reporters is that she intends to move out of her 6-bedroom, 5-bath home (complete with in-ground swimming pool) and into the actual district she seeks to represent.

As of Monday, the home at 6460 SW 133 Drive in Miami is listed as off market, according to real-estate site Zillow.

So it appears that Taddeo is staying put. Or not. Who really knows?

The candidate certainly isn’t telling, and voters don’t have a clue – not a good sign for a prospective lawmaker claiming to speak for the “middle class.”

“If Annette Taddeo is really going to move into the 26th District like she promised,” NRCC spokesman Chris Pack said,  “maybe she should start by actually putting her mansion on the market.”


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Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including Florida Politics and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. Schorsch is also the publisher of INFLUENCE Magazine. For several years, Peter's blog was ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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