Dems say Rep. Kevin Rader dropping Senate 27 bid; could cause ruckus if he switches to Deutch’s districtby George Bennett | December 4th, 2009
Rader didn’t return calls late Thursday and this morning.
At a Florida Alliance for Retired Americans meeting in West Palm Beach this morning, Alliance President Tony Fransetta and Senate hopeful Peter Burkert said Rader is dropping out of the race for Aronberg’s seat and will instead seek the seat of Sen. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, who’s running in a special congressional election to replace retiring Democratic U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler.
Burkert said Rader told him two days ago of his plans.
If in fact Rader pursues Deutch’s Senate seat, it could create internal Democratic tumult. Several big-name Dems, including Wexler and County Commissioner Burt Aaronson, have endorsed state Rep. Maria Sachs, D-Delray Beach, for Deutch’s Senate seat if Deutch wins an April 13 special congressional election.
“I’ve urged him (Rader) to stay in his House seat,” Aaronson said this morning.