Angie Chirino, daughter of Cuban-American singer Willy Chirino and an authentic rookie in politics, today presented her candidacy to the House of Representatives of the United States, where she promised to be the “voice” of her community and make her voice heard.
“Washington is broken and vulnerable and only I can fix it,” said Chirino, a 48-year-old single mother with no political experience and far from the “establishment” (the political system).
The candidate for the Republican candidacy for Congress for the 27th district of Miami-Dade County was presented by her father at the Versailles restaurant in Miami, the favorite meeting point of the Cuban community and especially of exile.
In a speech delivered first in English and then in Spanish, Angie Chirino made it clear that she is the daughter of Cuban “political refugees” and grew up determined to “someday achieve a real change in Cuba,” although she was born and raised in Miami, precisely in District 27, for what he knows perfectly and “speaks the same language” as the electors he hopes to represent.
Before the elections next November, he will have to compete with the other Republican contenders for the candidacy.
The different 27 has been for many years the fiefdom of the veteran Republican politician, also of Cuban origin, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who will not stand for re-election.
Chirino raised today as an advantage not having previous experience in politics or “belong to the establishment.”
Also the fact of not being associated with any interest group or “being in the pocket” of anyone.
The candidate was proud of her roots, of being a single mother of a 20-year-old daughter, of her past as a singer and songwriter of successful songs for artists such as Marc Anthony, Gloria Estefan and “the beloved Celia Cruz”, and He took his first university degree just a few months ago.
Also from his work in Miami-Dade County public schools as a specialist in children with special needs for eleven years and from his work in the “Children Voices” foundation.
His father, who is considered an idol by the Miami community for his song “Ya viene llegar,” a hymn of hope for a political change in Cuba, said Angie told him a few months ago about his project to enter politics and he He said there was no family history and he knew where he was getting.
She replied that when he dedicated himself to music there was no musical background in the family either.
“It’s true, nobody gave me a timbalazo in my family before me,” he said amid the applause of the audience.
The candidate promised to “work hard” if the voters give her the “privilege” of entering Congress. (efeusa)