Inside South Florida's swampland politics

House races are, as a rule, the nastiest type of American election. To run for representative, for all but a few of the best-known senior members, is to be a stand-in for your political party and for the House itself, the least popular brands in our political life. In South Florida, a region known for its dirty politics, Joe Garcia, a junior member in a tossup district, believes that if he is going to survive he has to do more than tout his accomplishments; he has to trash his opponent.

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