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Ana Navarro, a warrior for the GOP cause

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February

130122_ana_navarro_026.jpgTimes political editor Adam C. Smith has this profile in Sunday's Floridian Magazine:

Ana Navarro, a blunt and sometimes outrageous GOP operative from Coral Gables, sounded miserable last month amid Washington's frigid winter, running around in her Jimmy Choo heels between CNN appearances and gala parties surrounding the president she wanted to defeat.

"Whoever invented Spanx should be hired by CIA to run Enhanced Torture Methods," @ananavarro tweeted. "I might die of asphyxia before I get to Latino Ball."

Navarro, 41, lacks much of a filter.

It's a trait that makes her a sought-after voice in Republican politics and an adviser for any presidential hopeful. She often drives her own party bananas, but with confidants Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio she is poised to play a big role in the GOP response to immigration reform and Hispanic outreach.

"One minute she can be the most attractive person and the next very disagreeable," said a chuckling Sen. John McCain, a close friend of Navarro's and her boss during his 2008 presidential campaign. "She's plainspoken and she loves controversy — whatever the topic may be, whether it's Mitt Romney's problems or John McCain's problems."

More here.

[Last modified: Friday, February 1, 2013 6:31pm]

    

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