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  • Local community upset with Gloria Estefan over Obama fundraiser


    Gloria and Emilio Estefan have come under fire with members of their local community for plans to host an event at their home that is expected to bring in millions for the Democratic Party.

    But don’t expect this to be a local community event, unless of course residents want to fork over a down-payment on a house or a year’s college tuition. Tickets to the exclusive Democratic National Committee fundraiser are a whopping $30,400-a-couple.

    And many of her Cuban-American neighbors are up in arms over the fundraiser, which is expected to bring in $2.5M for the DNC. The hefty sum seems particularly disturbing to members of the traditionally-Republican community, especially as the Dems and the GOP continue to battle over financial reform to save the country from economic collapse.

    “People have been very upset,” Ninoska Perez-Castellon, a director of the Cuban Liberty Council told the Florida Sun Sentinel. “It’s one thing to have the ear of the president, but what’s shocking is that they are doing a fundraiser for Democrats.”

    Up until this point, the Estefans have claimed to be non-partisan and have spoken out against the Castro regime.

    And adding insult to injury, last month, members of the local GOP backed the Cuban-born couple in a march in support of the Ladies in White, a group which protests harsh treatment of Cuban political prisoners.

    Community members are wondering if people had known the iconic couple would come out with a partisan stance if they would have earned the same support, especially in light of Obama’s rumored plan to lift sanctions on Cuba.

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