Clipped From Arizona Daily Star
Cuban-born Cuban-born Cuban-born Demo loses her bid for Pepper's seat MIAMI, Fla. (AP) A lawyer who said he was running for "an American seat" decisively captured the Democratic nomination yesterday yesterday over a Cuban-born Cuban-born Cuban-born woman in an ethnically tense battle to succeed the late Rep. Claude Pepper. Gerald Richman, a 47-year-old 47-year-old 47-year-old 47-year-old 47-year-old former Florida Bar Association president making his first run for office, office, defeated Rosario Kennedy, 44, who resigned after four years as a Miami city commissioner to run in the special election. With all of 146 precincts reporting unofficial returns, Richman had 14,411 votes, or 61 percent, to 9,226 votes, or 39 percent, for Kennedy. Richman will face Republican state Sen. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Ros-Lehtinen, Ros-Lehtinen, 37, on Aug. 29. President Bush will campaign campaign with the Cuban-born Cuban-born Cuban-born educator here Wednesday in what the Republican Republican Party considers a golden opportunity opportunity to add to its 10-8 10-8 10-8 majority in Florida's congressional delegation. delegation. Pepper held the seat for the Democrats Democrats from its inception until his death 27 years later, May 30 at age 88. Richman stunned Kennedy, the Democratic front-runner, front-runner, front-runner, with a late-charging, late-charging, late-charging, 146-vote 146-vote 146-vote victory in the Aug. 1 primary, in which five other Democrats were eliminated. Ros-Lehtinen, Ros-Lehtinen, Ros-Lehtinen, whose resignation after seven years as state legislator is effective Aug. 29, won the four-way four-way four-way race for GOP nomination with 83 percent of the vote. Her cam- cam- paign manager is Jeb Bush, the president's president's son. In late charges, Kennedy criticized criticized Richman, who raised money for Democratic candidates in 1988, for contributing $2,000 to the Bush campaign, Richman said he attended attended a Bush dinner at a friend's request, and his campaign countered countered that Kennedy campaigned with then-candidate then-candidate then-candidate Dan Quayle. Her campaign said she appeared with Quayle in her role as a city commissioner. Kennedy carried predominantly Hispanic precincts Aug. 1, and Rich-man Rich-man Rich-man dominated Miami Beach's Jewish Jewish and retiree vote. Jo Ann Pepper, the late congressman's congressman's niece, and black candidates candidates Marvin Dunn and Sonny Wright dominated the diverse district's district's black neighborhoods, and all three endorsed Kennedy. However, Richman devoted much attention to the black vote in the runoff race. There are 32,183 registered black voters, 16,028 registered Hispanics and 51,987 non-Hispanic non-Hispanic non-Hispanic whites among the 100,198 registered Democrats Democrats in the 18th District. Richman has said repeatedly: "This is an American seat." Rich-man Rich-man Rich-man says that theme means he Is "for all the people" and that he rejects rejects Republican leader Lee Atwater's 2-month-old 2-month-old 2-month-old 2-month-old 2-month-old statement that it's time to elect the first Cuban-American Cuban-American Cuban-American to Congress. The most-qualified most-qualified most-qualified candidate should be elected, he says.