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Democratic U.S. Reps. Wexler, Klein, Hastings, Wasserman Schultz endorse Deutch for Congress

by George Bennett | October 25th, 2009

South Florida Democratic U.S. Reps. Robert Wexler, Ron Klein, Alcee Hastings and Debbie Wasserman Schultz today endorsed state Sen. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, to succeed Wexler in a special congressional election.

In addition to the display of endorsement firepower, Deutch’s campaign said it has already raised more than $200,000 in its first 10 days. And Deutch has about a dozen fund-raisers scheduled for the next six weeks, including one in Washington hosted by his congressional endorsers and events in New York and Cleveland.

Wexler is resigning in January to head the nonprofit Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation. A special election is expected in early 2010.

The four members of Congress joined Deutch on a conference call this afternoon.

Democrats Deutch, Ben Graber and Jose Ruiz have announced they’re running for the heavily Democratic Palm Beach-Broward congressional District 19 seat. Republican Ed Lynch is also running.

Two other big-name Dems — West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel and Broward County Mayor Stacy Ritter — are also looking at the race.

Asked if today’s endorsements were intended to deter other Democrats from running, Wexler said, “all of us do believe that a unified Democratic Party is a very positive thing….Certainly at a congressional level, the Democratic Party is unified behind Ted Deutch.”

Deutch said the endorsements give his campaign “a tremendous boost,” but said he’s not treating the election as a coronation.

“I absolutely agree that ultimately it is the voters that matter the most,” Deutch said. “I look forward in the next few weeks and months to making the case to the voters.”

Wexler’s endorsement of Deutch was expected. Two of Wexler’s top aides — Eric Johnson and Josh Rogin — are working for Deutch as political consultants.

Wexler and others praised Deutch, a first-term state Senator in the minority in Tallahassee, for getting legislation passed that bans investment of state pension funds in companies that do business with Iran. They also noted Deutch’s success in sponsoring a $1-a-pack cigarette tax that passed the legislature this year.

The last two occupants of Deutch’s state Senate seat went on to Congress. Deutch succeeded Klein in 2006 when Klein was elected to his U.S. House seat. Klein had held the Senate since 1996, when he replaced Wexler after Wexler was elected to Congress.

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14 Responses to “Democratic U.S. Reps. Wexler, Klein, Hastings, Wasserman Schultz endorse Deutch for Congress”

  1. jandj Says:

    With those endorsements – its all the more reason NOT to vote for Deutch!

  2. Cowdogs Says:

    Indeed. The small brain contingent strikes again.

    How misguided can a group of people be? Oh yes–then there are the people who voted for them.

    Stupid is as stupid does.

  3. ted Says:

    Whoever Wexler backs is not getting my vote! Bottom line.

  4. Tova Says:

    so what, the democrats have done nothing but ruin our country.. Obama wants our government to control the automotive industry, health care, the internet, newspapers and so on…

    To all the stupid idiots that voted for Obama ‹^› ‹(•¿•)› ‹^›

  5. sshear Says:

    Senator Ted Deutch would ease the loss of Congressman Robert Wexler. Senator Deutch has accomplished more in one term than most public servants accomplish in multiple terms. Floridians can trust that their best interests will still be represented in the US Congress if they vote to send “Congressman” Ted Deutch to Washington this upcoming special election!

  6. ted Says:

    Oh yeah I forgot Hastings the criminal!!! What a fine endorsement that is!

  7. Termack Says:

    From reading these posts here, it ‘s a sure bet that it’s Ted Deutch by a landslide.

  8. chuck Says:

    Yes if these posts were indicative of voting floridians and if some people didnt post repeatedly and if this was,well scientific!!!
    If you watch foxI am sure you have been exposed to push polling,where leading questions are asked and where questions almost beg for the proper answer rather then unbiased scientific polling.
    I love the mock/make belief polls we all see at the bottom of forums that show a smiling bush and palin with Pelosi right in the middle of a speech or Obama frowning.Or how about the poll that states, “Take your gun?”,yeah thats always going to get a fair representation of American voters,according to termack anyway.
    Obama has won over more then he has lost and Republicans approval rating in Congress as well as nationally has not gone up PERIOD.
    Pretend anything you want and listen to your opinion based non news so you can not have to listen to facts like this.

  9. chuck Says:

    Wasserman-Shultz for President!

  10. chuck Says:

    Looks like a fine line up to me!

  11. chuck Says:

    All great people,love having all these folks working for US for a long time!!!

  12. shoulda changed the names Says:

    See what I mean? Not hardly scientific is it!
    I know a small paper that has a forum and sometimes a thread can have 30-50 poasts with different names but only a couple email address’s.

  13. Alice Says:

    Wexler lives in Maryland so how can he endorse anyone?

  14. Quick Hits » Florida Progressive Coalition Blog - Says:

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