Deutch plays Cheney/Palin/Tea Party scare card in congressional raceby George Bennett | March 9th, 2010
As the April 13 special election approaches to replace former Democratic Rep. Robert Wexler in Palm Beach-Broward congressional District 19, Democrat Ted Deutch’s campaign has sent a mailer to voters in the heavily Democratic district warning that “Republicans & The Tea Party Want To Capture YOUR Congressional Seat!”
The four-page glossy brochure features unflattering pictures of former Vice President Dick Cheney, 2008 Republican veep nominee Sarah Palin and a tea bag with a large red X through them. Inside, the mailer features a statement from Wexler lamenting the Dems’ “heartbreaking” loss to Brown in Massachusetts and says “We cannot let the Republicans take our district as well.”
The South Florida Tea Party has said it plans to make a national statement in the special election. But the group recently decided not to endorse any candidate in the race between Deutch, Republican Ed Lynch and no-party candidate Jim McCormick.
“We want to remain nonpartisan and unaffiliated so we can educate voters on the issues,” said the group’s chairman, Everett Wilkinson. “We thought if we were to start endorsing candidates it might lead toward us being not as independent as we’d like to be.”
Wilkinson said tea partiers might still distribute some type of “voter scorecard” outlining where the candidates stand on issues.