Some of South Florida's Venezuelans Support Chavez Foe

Capriles is almost 40, a lawyer, a former legislator, a mayor and currently is the governor of the state of Miranda.

By Hank Tester
|  Wednesday, Feb 22, 2012  |  Updated 5:39 PM EDT
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Hugo Chavez is fighting cancer and for the first time, he faces a challenge: Henrique Capriles Radonski. FIU political expert Jerry Harr and Doral City Councilman Luigi Boria analyze Capriles.

Hugo Chavez is fighting cancer and for the first time, he faces a challenge: Henrique Capriles Radonski. FIU political expert Jerry Harr and Doral City Councilman Luigi Boria analyze Capriles.

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Hugo Chavez is fighting cancer and for the first time, he faces a challenge: Henrique Capriles Radonski.

Florida International University's Latin American political expert Jerry Haar, describes Chavez's foe.

“He is a very competent manager. He’s got youth, charisma, experience, he’s is ethical,” he said.  

This is major a contrast to Chavez who teams with Fidel Castro’s intelligence agents and operatives to manhandle the Venezuelan government and private institutions.

Capriles no stranger to South Florid was in Doral as recently as November. Meeting Venezuelans who have settled here escaping the Chavez oppression.

Doral city councilman Luigi Boria knows Capriles. 

“It was great for me to see so many Venezuelan persons in the same place and having the same kind of optimism for the future of Venezuela," Boria said.

Capriles has been able to unite the often fractured Chavez opposition and because of that some think he might have a shot at victory.

Capriles is almost 40, a lawyer, a former legislator, a mayor and currently is the governor of the state of Miranda. 

“I would say his chances are slim to none that he will be elected, the military behind Chavez will not allow him to be," said Haar.

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