Charlie Crist’s running mate previously said Cubans are “mourning” Fidel Castro’s death

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Florida gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist selected his running mate over the weekend, teachers union head Karla Hernandez-Mats, who earlier claimed Cubans are “mourning” the death of Fidel Castro.

Crist, a Democrat, made the decision Saturday to have Hernandez-Mats, the head of the Miami-Dade teachers union and vice president of the American Federation of Teachers, run alongside him as a lieutenant governor candidate in the Sunshine State .

Hernández-Mats said in 2016 that the death of Cuban dictator Castro would be mourned by many people in Cuba.

“A political figure dies at 90. Most in Miami rejoice, many in Cuba mourn #FidelCastro,” he wrote in a tweet on November 26 of that year.

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Florida gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist tapped teachers union head Karla Hernandez-Mats over the weekend.

Florida gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist tapped teachers union head Karla Hernandez-Mats over the weekend.
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Castro died on November 25, 2016, at the age of 90. Cuban revolutionary and supporter of communism, led the country from 1959 to 2008.

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Hernandez-Mats has also opposed efforts to reopen schools during the COVID-19 pandemic, even driving a hearse to a school board meeting to warn of possible deaths from the virus.

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Crist's running mate had said in 2016 that the Cuban dictator would be mourned by many people in Cuba.

Crist’s running mate had said in 2016 that the Cuban dictator would be mourned by many people in Cuba.
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During a speech after Crist introduced her as his running mate, Hern├índez-Mats said, “Are you sick of politicians acting like authoritarians trying to destroy our democracy? . . . That’s why we’re here today. To defeat Ron DeSantis and bring decency and decency. respect to the state of Florida.”

Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is favored for re-election against Christ.

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