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Palm Beach County Dem chairman says party leaders back Deutch in special congressional race

by George Bennett | October 21st, 2009

About 30 members of the Palm Beach County Democratic Party’s Policy Committee were unanimous Tuesday night in backing state Sen. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, in a special congressional election, county Democratic Chairman Mark Alan Siegel says.

Deutch is the best-known Palm Beach County candidate who has announced for the Palm Beach-Broward seat of U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler, D-Boca Raton, who’s leaving in January to head a Middle East-focused think tank.

Another well-known Palm Beach County Democrat — West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel — is also considering the race.

Asked about Frankel, Siegel said: “As good as she is, and as great a representative as she would make, I don’t think she would find any support among the organized ranks of the party.”

The Democratic party’s policy committee includes top party officials, “zone leaders” responsible for get-out-the-vote efforts and presidents of Democratic clubs. A formal vote wasn’t taken, Siegel said, because of party rules against making endorsements in primaries.

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5 Responses to “Palm Beach County Dem chairman says party leaders back Deutch in special congressional race”

  1. Boca Voter Says:

    A classic case of stacking the deck. It seems like Wexler cannot let go. Why not let the process take it’s course? Some people are unable to loosen the grip on power. By the way, Seigel is an idiot who is totally controlled by the party hacks. He never has an opinion of his own.

  2. LOL! Says:

    “A formal vote wasn’t taken, Siegel said, because of party rules against making endorsements in primaries.”

    No his statement about the policy committee’s position is not an endorsement at all, no.

    Enough of this idiotic closed primary system, we need open primaries and instant runoff voting instead of the two party stagnocracy.

  3. Whatawonderfulworld Says:

    They’re backing him instead of endorsing him. A rose is a rose is a rose. Just whom do they think they are kidding. They should have kept their mouths shut.

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