Former Vice President Joe Biden is stepping in to support another South Florida Democrat, announcing his endorsement of Donna Shalala‘s congressional bid.
This is the second recent South Florida candidate Biden has backed, after he announced his endorsement of Lauren Baer in Florida’s 18th Congressional District late last month.
Biden has also backed Bill Nelson‘s re-election bid to the U.S. Senate and has supported statewide Democrats as well, endorsing Nikki Fried for Agriculture Commissioner, Sean Shaw for Attorney General, and Andrew Gillum for Governor.
“Few candidates running for Congress have as much experience as Donna Shalala,” Biden said.
“I have worked alongside Donna on many consequential fights over the years. Donna’s a fearless progressive leader who has served our country and the South Florida community with integrity, vigor and passion.
She’s “uniquely qualified to take on the biggest issues facing our communities like health care, gun control and climate change – and she will continue to consistently stand on the side of working families.”
While this is Shalala’s first run for political office, she has been a political player for years, as noted by Biden. Shalala served as Secretary of Health and Human Services under the Bill Clinton administration and has been a longtime ally of the Clintons.
“I’m honored to have the endorsement of Vice President Biden,” Shalala said. “Vice President Biden and I have dedicated our lives to fighting for working families.”
Shalala would welcome any possible bump in what appears to be a close contest between she and Salazar.