U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson waves before making a hasty departure.

Congresswoman Frederica Wilson waves at the group gathered for the grand opening of the Florida Democratic Party & Miami-Dade Democratic Party new headquarters in Little Havana as Miami-Dade Democratic Party Chair and FDP Vice Chair, Annette Taddeo-Goldstein thanks her for dropping by Monday morning just for a moment. (Taimy Alvarez / Sun Sentinel / May 6, 2013)

A packed house -- close to 100 people -- was on hand Monday morning in Miami for the opening of a state Democratic Party office in Little Havana.

U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, a Miami Democrat who represents part of South Broward, was supposed to be one of the featured speakers, along with her congressional colleague Joe Garcia.

With organizers waiting for Wilson, the event started late. When Wilson showed, she waived to the crowd, said "buenas dias," and said she had to leave. Which she did without saying anything else.

One other Broward political figure was present, Alex Lewy, a Hallandale Beach commissioner who’s a candidate for the Democratic nomination for an open seat in the state House of Representatives next year.

“It’s important for us to be able to reach out and have a presence,” he said. But, he said, it will take more than an office for the Democrats to make inroads.

“You’re going to have to listen to voters, have to shake hands and talk to them,” he said.