Hours before Obama visit, Klein touts three Republican endorsementsby George Bennett | October 11th, 2010
But Klein, facing a tough challenge from Republican Allen West, sought to emphasize his bipartisan appeal this morning by appearing with two elected Republicans — Palm Beach Mayor Jack McDonald and Riviera Beach Council Chairwoman Dawn Pardo — who are endorsing him. Also backing Klein at the city waterfront was David Brady, the Republican who got 23.3 percent in the Aug. 24 primary against West.
McDonald endorsed former Republican U.S. Rep. Clay Shaw against Klein in 2006. But he and Pardo praised Klein for working with their municipalities as a congressman. McDonald also called West “extreme, divisive (and) irresponsible.”
Klein supported the stimulus and health care bills and other major Obama-backed initiatives. But mindful of the swing nature of District 22, Klein noted that he criticized Obama’s pre-Deepwater Horizon willingness to expand offshore drilling.
“When I agree with President Obama I’ll say I agree and when I disagree, I disagree,” Klein said.