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I am running because:
I've had enough of failed policies
I've had enough of government experts with no results
I've had enough of politicians excuses for not solving our country's problems
I'm running because I want to serve this great country that has given me so much
So please, join me in this journey. We'll have our ups and downs. But together we will succeed where others have failed.
I took an early retirement from the Pratt & Whitney Company. I love aviation and my first retirement project was to build a kit plane. It took me two years to complete it. I then flew my airplane, practically, all over the United States. Even though I was retired I continued working as a real estate developer and builder.
I had thought that I would never visit Cuba again but about 5 years ago I had an epiphany and realized that the Cuban Embargo was a total and absolute failure. That, ironically, it is preventing the economic and political reforms that are necessary in Cuba. After more than a 50 year absence I returned to my birthplace.
I became a missionary for two important United States missionary organizations. I have been visiting Cuba for the last three years where I install safe water systems in Cuban churches. The systems provide safe water for 300 to 2,000 Cubans per day. We now have over 60 installations across Cuba and many more in the way. All of our safe water systems are paid from United States private donations and the work is done by volunteers.
I graduated from Southwest Miami High School in 1969. I attended the University of Miami and graduated with a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Electrical Engineering. I obtained my second degree, Master of Engineering (ME) from the University of Florida. I held my Florida State Professional Engineer license until my retirement.
My first job was at the IBM corporation where I worked as a computer test engineer. While working at IBM I married to a wonderful and a very capable woman who I very much love. We have 2 children and 7 grandchildren.
My next job was with the Pratt & Whitney (P&W) Company, a military industrial company that designs, develops and manufactures military and commercial jet engines. I worked at P&W for 31 years and learned a lot about the military industrial complex. I was part of the team that designed, developed and manufactures the jet engines for the United States Air Force F-15, F-16, F-22 and F-35 fighter airplanes.
I have also worked in the building industry for my own company and as a real estate developer. I hold General and Roofing Contracting licenses from the State of Florida.
My parents sent my brother and me to Miami, Florida in the United States in the year 1960 to live with my relatives. They were afraid of the communist indoctrination being conducted by the Fidel Castro Regime. I was 14 years old and my brother was 11 years old. Meanwhile the political situation in Cuba kept getting worse for my parents. My great uncle was executed by Che Guevara. His crime: sheltering of an innocent fugitive. My father's business, his properties and his money were confiscated and he was forced to flee Cuba in the year 1961. My family was welcome with "open arms" by the United States. This is something which I will never forget and feel a great debt to the American People. We were now poor in Miami but we knew that to escape poverty you need to save and invest wisely and save and invest wisely we did.
Paternal grandfather, Francisco, was a Spanish soldier who fought against the Mambis (Cuban Rebels) and the Americans during the war of Cuban Independence in 1895-8. He married a Cuban lady, Catalina, and had thirteen children of which the ninth was my father, Gabriel. My father moved to the city of Havana to find work and married my mother, Clara. They had two boys of which I am the older one. My father became a self made, and very successful, business man in Cuba. He was a food distributor who sold dairy products, primarily cheese, delicatessen foods and canned fruits and vegetables to grocery stores, cafeterias and bars. My mother was a loving housewife. My family did not involve themselves in politics and had a happy life.
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1. Demonstrate against the Cuban Embargo with me
2. Walking tour of district with me to introduce our campaign
3. Host a fundraiser
4. Contact Hollywood actors against the Embargo
To: The Honorable Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
Subject: The Cuban Embargo
From: Gabriel Ferrer
Date: October 28, 2017
Honorable Ileana Ros-Lehtinen:
I am a candidate for the US Congress House of Representative in Florida's
27th District. I ask you to lift the Cuban Embargo, now.
You and I are contemporaries and at our age we must examine what we have done right and wrong in our lives. We should be proud of what we have accomplished but we must correct that which we have done wrong.
You, as the leader of the Embargo, and I as your supporter made a terrible mistake in maintaining the Embargo since the fall of the Soviet Union over 25 years ago.
As the well known proverb says, "If someone hands you a lemon, make lemonade". Fidel made lemonade out of the Embargo. It is the scapegoat that he so cleverly used to blame all of Cuba's economic problems when the real problem was his prohibition of private businesses in Cuba.
The Cuban government is but a shadow of what it used to be. Fidel is dead. His remaining contemporaries are a tired and disillusioned bunch who should be retired or in assisted living homes. They only cling to power by the gift that we have given them, The Embargo.
I am not searching for glory. I am running for your seat because I can not look at myself in the mirror anymore unless I confront you and others, so called, Cuban-American intellectuals that can't forgive and are obsessed with the Embargo.
I ask you to be the Richard Nixon of Cuba. Just as Nixon opened China you can open Cuba.
Rather than be remembered as an unrepentant and defeated Cuban exile, I ask you to leave your post victorious. We can still defeat Fidel Castro. If you were to lift the Cuban Embargo, the Castro regime would fade away peacefully and the Cuban reformers would take over
Now is the time for you, Marco, Ted, Bob, Carlos, Mario and Albio to pivot about the Cuban Embargo. Polls indicate that each day there is less support for the Embargo. Our children and grandchildren look at us in disbelief and are dumbfounded of our obsession with the Embargo.
I have been traveling to Cuba for the last five years, after more than a 50 year absence. I travel as a missionary to install safe water systems in Cuban churches that provide safe water for 300 to 2,000 people per day.
I don't stay at fancy hotels. I live in Cuban homes, I listen to them, I share life stories, I eat with them, I pray with them and I can assure you that there is no spirit of revolution in Cuba. It is remarkable that after more than 50 years of communism that the Cuban spirit has survived.
I'd like to visit you and share all that I've learned and to assure you that I respect you and that I wish that you take the credit for the fading away of the Castro regime.