DeSantis picks Cuban-American woman as running mate

September 06, 2018 - 8:38 am

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis is picking state Rep. Jeanette Nunez to be his running mate, marking the first time a Cuban-American woman will run for Florida's lieutenant governor.

DeSantis announced his choice through a press release Thursday just ahead of a rally with Gov. Rick Scott, who is running for U.S. Senate.

Nunez has represented a Miami district since 2010 and serves as speaker pro tempore.

Ironically, DeSantis won the nomination with the backing of President Donald Trump, but when Trump was running for president, Nunez called him a con man on Twitter. The same tweet also accused Trump of supporting the Ku Klux Klan.

Democratic nominee Andrew Gillum also was scheduled to announce his pick for lieutenant governor Thursday morning.

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