Miami is a hotbed for phantom candidates, complete with four federal criminal convictions in two separate cases to prove it.
So perhaps it’s no surprise that a local Republican congressman thinks Donald Trump‘s bid for the GOP presidential nomination could be a similar ploy.
Miami Rep. Carlos Curbelo, whose district saw two phony candidates run in a pair of elections before he took office, has taken to Spanish-language media to suggest that Trump’s campaign could be a Democratic scheme to hurt the Republican Party.
“I spoke to @ahoraoscarhaza on @z92miami about absurd comments by @realDonaldTrump and I offered my theory that he’s a phantom candidate,” Curbelo tweeted last week after an interview with the popular radio host Oscar Haza.
In another interview with Colombia’s W Radio, Curbelo, who supports Jeb Bush for president, piled on.
“There are too many important national, local international topics to waste time talking about a person who, I repeat, in my judgment is irrelevant — and who quite possibly is a phantom candidate recruited by
the left to create this entire political circus,” he said.