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Gung-ho for Gallagher in Hialeah

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September

Tom, Laura and Charlie Gallagher received a warm Cuban welcome Monday when he visited his campaign’s headquarters in Hialeah to found a standing-room-only crowd of more than 125,including nine local elected officials.

Before a spontaneous breakout of  “Viva Tom!” from supporters, Gallagher, a former Miami legislator, thanked the crowd for their support saying “It's just like being home when I’m down here in Miami.”

His comments, translated into Spanish by Hialeah Councilman Jose Caragol, were void for the first time in days of any discussion of campaign issues. Instead he focused on one key point, asking the supporters  “to make sure our voters get to the polls tomorrow from 7 to 7.”

Afterward, more than 30 of the crowd stuck around to wave signs with Gallagher at 49th Street and Fourth Avenue. Had it not been a holiday or a morning of rain, there would have been at least twice as many supporters, campaign field director Manny Cid said. At the July opening of the Hialeah office, when Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaino announced he was backing Gallagher, more than 400 had shown up. 

The warm welcome, followed by plates of Arroz con Pollo, came after a quiet morning when a breakfast at the Cape Coral Mayor’s home drew less than two dozen voters and a precinct walk nearby netted just three voter contacts. Cape Coral sleeps in on Labor Day.

Still on tap for Monday: A visit to Miami’s Westchester neighborhood and the Orange Bowl, where Gallagher will route for his alma mater, the University of Miami Hurricanes, after a tailgate party.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:43pm]

    

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