There’s nothing like a surging Miami Heat to unite South Florida’s politicians.
Judging from the volume and passion of their tweets, U.S. Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Miami, and U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, a Democrat who represents Broward and Palm Beach counties, are the two biggest fans, followed by U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston.
“Best way to start a Friday is w a #Heat victory!,” Wasserman Schultz tweeted Friday morning. Also from Wasserman Schultz: "#Wearethechampions! @MiamiHEAT #WooHoo!" and "#Thatswhatimtalkinabout! #LetsGoHeat!"
State Sen. Chris Smith of Fort Lauderdale, the Democratic leader in the Florida Senate, tweeted passionately T, D-Fort Lauderdale, tweeted passionately Thursday night: “Sweet Baby Jesus #heat.”
In another tweet, he said he was considering sponsoring a Heat stadium bill “whether they want one or not.” And House Speaker Will Weatherford, who singlehandedly blocked the legislation for the government subsidies sought by the Miami Dolphins to improve its football stadium, said he might cosponsor Smith’s proposal. (They were joking, folks.)
Broward County Commissioner Marty Kiar’s analysis, also offered via Twitter: “James James JamesJames James James James James James.”
And Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg offered, “Great respect to the San Antonio Spurs...but the MIAMI HEAT ARE YOUR NBA CHAMPIONS!!! Thank you, Lebron! #MVP #HeatRepeat” and “Sorry, #HeatHaters....It's bitter beer face for you for another offseason. #HeatRepeat.”
On Tuesday night members of Congress from South Florida gathered in the real, not virtual, world to watch Game 6 at the Pour House off Capitol Hill.
Ros-Lehtinen and Wasserman Schultz were there, along with U.S. Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart, a Miami Republican who represents part of South Broward, and Frederica Wilson, a Miami Democrat who represents part of South Broward.
They were joined by Republican Ana Navarro of Coral Gables, a CNN analyst, and U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, who represents San Antonio, home of the Spurs.
Wasserman Schultz may soon be enjoying some Tex-Mex cuisine, thanks to Castro. They bet on the outcome of the NBA Finals, and with the Heat taking the series she won’t have to pony up the Joe’s Stone Crab dinner.
She missed part of Thursday’s final game, tweeting that she was about to board a five-and-a-half hour flight with no wi-fi and no TV. After the House adjourned for the week, she flew to Seattle in relation to her role as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, landing at 10:56 p.m. Eastern.Copyright © 2015, CT Now