See letter of congratulations from FIU president, below. The most notable of the bunch is of course Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the new chair of the House Foreign Affairs committee, who was celebrated by the golpista Washington Post on her visit to Honduras to legitimize Micheletti and the coup last fall. Here they are reading the Honduran constitution together:
And far be it from me to be an academic snob (as Larry Birns has reminded me more than once, "Really, Adrienne, it's not as if you're at Columbia—you're at American University")...but I had never heard of FIU before I started seeing one after another FIU professor on the roster to speak as experts at Congressional hearings. Located in Miami, FIU gets a lot of funding from wealthy Cuban Americans, and the overall ideological bent of the university seems to reflect the Cold War, Bush-loving politics of the farthest right neocon wing of the Cuban American community. As one Honduran friend living in Florida warned me: "Be careful of that place. It's a gusanera."
As part of my ongoing fieldwork on the many-headed hydra of U.S. Government (which I prefer to visualize as more of a Whac-A-Mole), it has become increasingly clear to me that FIU has inserted itself into the our theater of democracy in secretive and enormously dangerous ways, undermining both Latin Americans' self-determination and our own. These FIU grads may have been elected by citizens, but whom will they serve? How do the FIU-SOUTHCOM alliance and other violent strategies and shadily acquired funds laundered through the university threaten us all?
From: President Mark Rosenberg
Date: Wed, Nov 3, 2010 at 11:05 AM
Subject: FIU alumni win big in Tuesday's elections
Dear FIU Family,
Please join me in congratulating the FIU alumni who were elected to U.S. Congress and the Florida Legislature in yesterday’s historic midterm elections.
Whether they were re-elected to office or are taking office for the first time, each one of them is an example of how an FIU education gives you the tools to not only compete in today’s global marketplace but to make a difference.
These are the FIU alumni who were elected to office:
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen ’75, MS ’87 was re-elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Florida’s 18th Congressional District. Ileana, who has served in Congress since 1989, holds a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in educational leadership from FIU.
David Rivera ’86, MPA ’94 was elected to his first term in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Florida’s 25th Congressional District. David, who holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration from FIU, has served in the Florida House of Representatives since 2002. With David’s victory we now have two FIU alumni in Congress.
Anitere Flores ’97 was elected to represent state Senate District 38 after six years in the state House of Representatives, where she represented District 114, which includes our university. Anitere, who is FIU’s director of community and civic partnerships, also holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and international relations from FIU.
Rene Garcia ’99 was elected to his first term in the state Senate, representing District 40. Rene, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science from FIU while serving on the Hialeah City Council, served in the state House of Representatives from 2000-2008.
Ana Rivas Logan ’88 was elected to her first term in the state House of Representatives, representing District 114. Ana has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from FIU and has served on the Miami-Dade School Board since 2004.
Jeanette Nuñez ’94, MPA ’98 also was elected to her first term in the state House of Representatives, representing District 112. Jeanette, who is vice president of external affairs at Kendall Regional Medical Center and Aventura Medical Center, has a bachelor’s degree in international relations and political science and a master’s in public administration from FIU.
Esteban Bovo ’87 was re-elected to Florida House District 110. Before he was elected to the Legislature, Esteban served on the Hialeah City Council from 1998-2008. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from FIU.
Mark Pafford ’88 was re-elected to Florida House District 88 in Palm Beach County. Mark has a bachelor’s in public administration from FIU.
Trudi Williams ’81 was re-elected to Florida House District 75 in Southwest Florida, representing parts of Collier and Lee counties. Trudi has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from FIU.
Once again, congratulations to all the members of the FIU family who were elected and to all of the winners in yesterday’s elections.
Mark B. Rosenberg