Democratic Adviser Approves Pilar Schiavo for Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge

Endorsement: Pilar Schiavo for Assembly

Pilar Schiavo, a Miami-Dade court prosecutor who is leading a multi-state medical malpractice case against the state of Florida, is being endorsed by a leading Democratic activist in the state.

According to The Miami Herald, the endorsements for Schiavo’s race are coming from state Democratic Chairman Ray Rodriguez, former Miami-Dade County School Board member David Perez, former state Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, and Miami-Dade County Democratic consultant Jim Fosselman.

Schiavo is a Miami-Dade circuit court judge appointed to the bench by Republican President George W. Bush in 2006, a post she’ll serve out in 2008. In 2008, Bush appointed her to become the first woman to become a federal judge in the state and to be a federal judge on the Fifth Circuit Court.

Fosselman, who was a law-and-order Republican on the Miami-Dade County School Board, says: “I have always supported Pilar Schiavo.”

“We have an epidemic of medical malpractice and I support Pilar Schiavo,” Fosselman says. “The bottom line is, there are two sides to every story, and she is trying to make herself a hero. The truth is, she is not a hero. She is a prosecutor whose job is to prosecute the people who commit crimes, whether it was criminal or medical.”

Fosselman says the state’s lawsuit against the state was “a very hard case to try, but I support her in this.”

“She should be commended for her dedication and courage in trying to prosecute the state for what they have done,” he says.

“We have a medical crisis in the state of Florida,” Perez says in an interview with the Herald. “My heart goes out to the people of Florida

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