Maybe it was the grass roots organizing and public support demonstrated when Annette Taddeo won the recent Act Blue fundraising contest.
Maybe it was the embarrassment of failing to support the only Latina challenger for a federal race in the entire country.
Maybe it was that South Florida Democrats kept reminding the DCCC just how bad Ileana Ros-Lehtinen really is.
Maybe it was when Ileana Ros-Lehtinen emerged as a leading cheerleader for Gov. Sarah Palin — a job many other leading Republican women declined.
But whatever it was, the dam has burst, and (at least according to DCCC head honcho Chris Van Hollen, as quoted in the Politico) the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has added Annette Taddeo (FL-18) to its elite list of Red to Blue candidates. As the DCCC puts it,
The Red to Blue program highlights top Democratic campaigns across the country, and offers them financial, communications, and strategic support. These candidates earned a spot in the program by surpassing demanding fundraising goals and skillfully demonstrating to voters that they stand for change and will represent new priorities when elected to Congress.
This is a very important step for establishing the Taddeo campaign as one with real prospects of winning, and should provided welcome access to wallets in Florida and nationally.