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Frankel makes big announcement at Dem dinner

by George Bennett | November 14th, 2009



WEST PALM BEACH — After weeks of considering a run in a special congressional election, Mayor Lois Frankel made a big announcement at tonight’s Palm Beach County Democratic Party dinner.

“Where’s Ted Deutch?” Frankel asked the crowd of about 350, calling out the frontrunner in the special race to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler, D-Boca Raton.

“I want you to know I’m running,” Frankel said, pausing for dramatic effect, “in the….Palm Beach Marathon in two weeks.”

Actually, Frankel said in an interview a few minutes later, she has decided not to run in the congressional race.

Frankel said she has concluded that raising money and campaigning for the Feb. 2 Democratic primary and April 6 general election would take too much time from her duties as mayor.

“I have to run a city. The transition would be impossible,” Frankel said in an interview while she was attending the Palm Beach County Democratic Party’s annual fund-raising dinner.

“If the election were in November I would have run, but I can’t make the transition,” Frankel said.

Frankel’s decision not to run gives a boost to Deutch, who has already piled up endorsements from Wexler and many other prominent Democrats. Many party insiders regarded Frankel as Deutch’s strongest potential competition.

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5 Responses to “Frankel makes big announcement at Dem dinner”

  1. faithful Says:

    we could use a smart woman like Lois in Congress. Too bad she won,t run

  2. in the know Says:

    Of course she will not run for Congress. She can read the tea leaves. Deutch has the support needed to win, period.

  3. Giorgio Says:

    Lois has been a great Mayor, but even as good as she is, she would have had a difficult time trying to win the congressional seat. It’s a seat controlled by the south county political machine and voters who follow the orders of the political bosses. They have sheep mentality when it comes to politics.

    The “Frankel Brand” will be incredibility valuable to her after office. I’m hoping she opens a retail or service business on Clematis. It will attract tourists and residents to the area.

  4. Northwood Nellie Says:

    Anybody have in inside track to info on what is happening in the wpb mayors race?? I heard Al Zucero has bought a home in wpb and will be running for mayor and that kimberly mitchell will be dropping out to help him. I like mitchell but I don’t like back room politics and I voted against Zucero in the passed even when mitchell supported him.

  5. david flagg Says:

    Lois Frankel is honest, smart and generous. I served with her in the Florida House of Reps. for four years.
    While she is more liberal in her policies than I, would trust her to always be seeking the best solution for the most good….so to me it doesn’t matter which office she is elected to, so long as she is elected.

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