Florida gubernatorial hopeful picks Latina running mate

Miami, Jul 17 (EFE).- Charlie Crist, who governed Florida as a Republican from 2007-2011 and is now seeking the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, on Thursday named Colombian-born Annette Taddeo-Goldstein as his running mate.

"Annette is a remarkable woman and a classic American success story," Crist said at an event in Miami.

"She will make an excellent lieutenant governor because as a working mom she knows Florida families are struggling to pay their bills, raise their kids and save for retirement, and because she believes, as I do, that all Floridians deserve a fair shot at success," he said of Taddeo-Goldstein, who chairs the Miami-Dade County Democratic Party.

"As a working mom, a small business owner and a Floridian, I am proud to serve this state that has given me so many opportunities," Taddeo-Goldstein said,

The 47-year-old businesswoman was born on a U.S. military base in Colombia and was 17 when she moved with her family to Miami.

She ran for the U.S. Congress in 2008 but was defeated by veteran Republican incumbent Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

Crist faces a Democratic primary against Nan Rich to decide who will challenge Republican Gov. Rick Scott in November.