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Deutch plays Cheney/Palin/Tea Party scare card in congressional race

by George Bennett | March 9th, 2010

It isn’t just Republicans who are trying to capitalize on the tea party movement and Scott Brown’s surprise Massachusetts Senate win.

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.

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5 Responses to “Deutch plays Cheney/Palin/Tea Party scare card in congressional race”

  1. where's my unicorn? Says:

    So what beef does Deutch have exactly with the Tea Party’s primary position that government spending has spiraled completely out of control leading to certain poverty for our children and grandchildren?

  2. Christine Says:

    What is the point of the tea party then if they do not endorse? Get off your soap box, stop complaining, and do things about it. If you aren’t going to endorse and make real change; if your goal is to educate then call yourself something else!
    You want to talk Partisanship, isn’t Everett and active board member of the Palm Beach County Republican Party.

  3. Ed Fulop Says:

    Christine –

    There is the tea party — the movement, and there is the Tea Party — the local activist group, that Everett is the organizer of. You may or may not know that the South Florida 9.12 Project, a local tea party group (note lower-case “t” and “p”), has endorsed Ed Lynch in the Florida 19th contest next month, and is actively working towards getting him elected. For more details, please visit our site:

    Get involved. Restore Honor. Make History.


  4. Commonsense Says:

    Sarah Palin and Dick Chenney ARE NOT Republicans, they are NEO-CONS. A neo-con uses rightwings concerns to push LEFTWING agendas. REAL republicans are fiscaly conservative and want REAL money that is gold backed, not paper fiat worthless cash currently printed by the FED RES Bank since 1913. Neo-Cons WANT socialism, as do liberals… so you do the math. “We will use socialism to sell communism”-Adolf Hitler

  5. 2010 Elections, March 13 Edition | The Hayride Says:

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