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Former Democratic Rep. Ron Klein says he’ll sit out in 2012

by George Bennett | March 25th, 2011

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Former Democratic U.S. Rep. Ron Klein of Boca Raton says he won’t run for his old congressional seat next year.

That gives departing West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel a clearer shot at the Democratic nomination to challenge U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation, in District 22. Frankel launched a campaign this week. Fort Lauderdale businessman Patrick Murphy has also opened a Democratic campaign.

Klein broke the news of his plans to the Sun-Sentinel‘s estimable Anthony Man before a Wednesday night Democratic event in Pompano Beach.

Klein, a two-term congressman who was defeated by West in November, recently took a job with the powerhouse Holland & Knight law firm. Klein’s 2006 campaign manger, Brian Smoot, has signed on as a consultant to Frankel.

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4 Responses to “Former Democratic Rep. Ron Klein says he’ll sit out in 2012”

  1. SINGER ISLAND Says:

    RON WE NEED YOU! THE COUNTY IS SCREWING US ON THE BREAKWATER PROJECT!!!

  2. Mrs D Says:

    Ron, the Democratic party doesn’t need you. Stay away.

  3. Whitey Says:

    Klein is a P.O.S. coward and liar. Lois is one FUGLY he/she Liberal career politician who has never earned a living on her own merits.

    West may not be re-elected if he continues to Disenfranchise his voters who live in the district, yet he and his staff refuse to acknowledge them.

    The Shores of Jupiter over 660 homes & famalies which are in D #22 but West’s office is following dumb staff of klein in refusing to face facts.

    Better wake up West or we will vote you out, like we voted klein out!!!

  4. Steven Says:

    Let the more qualified person win – oh yes – that is WEST. Not one of the D’s has any relevant experience and please do not tell me that working as an elected anything qualifies you for anything – IT DOES NOT!!!! West has done more in 3 months than his predecessor did in 4 years!!

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