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Democrat Jacobs kicks off congressional campaign, calls primary foe Frankel ‘divisive’

by George Bennett | February 20th, 2012

Jacobs at her announcement today.

DEERFIELD BEACH — Democratic Broward County Commissioner Kristin Jacobs launched her congressional bid this afternoon by casting herself as a solution-oriented figure and calling primary rival Lois Frankel “divisive” and “another pay-to-play Tallahassee politician.”

Jacobs, a 14-year veteran of the Broward commission, is starting the race for Palm Beach-Broward District 22 nearly one year and $1.4 million behind Frankel, the former West Palm Beach mayor and former state House member who has garnered a slew of endorsements.

Jacobs made her announcement at a 1920 school house near a bridge that links Broward and Palm Beach counties. Jacobs, who pushed for the bridge project after Congress approved the $787 billion stimulus in 2009, said the project is emblematic of her ability to “navigate the impossible and find solutions.”

Jacobs didn’t mention Frankel by name in her remarks, but clearly referred to Frankel’s fiery reputation and 14 years of Tallahassee experience.

“They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. So here’s the thing, if we want the same results we’ve been getting – a more bitterly divided House where our work is not being done — then let’s send a divisive insider to Washington,” Jacobs said.

“If we want to do nothing but fight while our middle class gets shoved to the edges of our society, then let’s send another pay-to-play Tallahassee politician to Congress. But if we want to stop the insanity and we want to preserve America’s greatness, we need to make a difference. Friends, I am that choice. I am that choice. I am the difference that Congress needs.”

Afterward, Jacobs confirmed the “divisive insider” and “pay-to-play” remarks were aimed at Frankel.

Jacobs said she doesn’t see many differences between herself and Frankel on issues.

“On our core Democratic principles, there are no differences,” Jacobs said in a brief interview.

She said the primary will show “the contrast between the two of our styles in particular.

“One is a consensus builder. One is someone who’s kind of gotten what she wanted by fear and intimidation. And I don’t think that builds loyalty and from what I’ve been seeing in the community when I go out, there is a decided frustration with that kind of quote-unquote leadership and that we really need somebody that’s going to go up there and bring solutions back.”

Asked about Jacobs remarks, Frankel said: “I look forward to fighting for working people and jobs in South Florida, as I did in the legislature and as mayor of West Palm Beach. My record shows I know how to get results, which is why so many people have endorsed me.”

Frankel’s endorsements include some leading Broward County Democrats: Commissioner Sue Gunzburger, state Sens. Nan Rich and Chris Smith and state Reps. Perry Thurston and Joe Gibbons.

Frankel entered the race last March to take on freshman U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation. With the Florida legislature drawing the district with a more Democratic tilt, West announced Jan. 31 that he would run instead in Palm Beach-Treasure Coast District 18.

Jacobs announced plans to run a few days later. While Frankel is one of the top money-raisers in the nation, Jacobs said she hopes to raise $250,000 by March 31, the end of the first-quarter reporting period.

About 60 supporters were on hand for Jacobs’ announcement. She was introduced by Broward County Commissioner John Rodstrom, who had been considering getting into the congressional race but instead praised Jacobs.

Palm Beach County Democratic State Committeeman John Ramos and Palm Beach County Democratic activist Bill Weg were on hand, but both said they are neutral in the race.

On the Republican side, former state House Majority Leader Adam Hasner of Boca Raton is running and Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca has said he might enter the race.

11 Responses to “Democrat Jacobs kicks off congressional campaign, calls primary foe Frankel ‘divisive’”

  1. Truman Says:

    Finally, someone like Kristin running for Congress! She will be a breath of fresh air compared to the tired, fear-mongering Frankel. Go Kristin!

  2. ALLEN WEST MUST GO Says:

    VOTE FOR THE DEMOCRAT NO MATTER WHO IT IS!

    State level AND Federal.

  3. Frank Says:

    There is no difference minus the fact Frankel has the voting record. Kristen you are making a fool of yourself.

  4. PBC4KJ Says:

    Not all Democrats are equal though…and Kristin is more equal than most. We are for Kristin all the way!

  5. Downtown Danny Says:

    FRANKEL SAYS – “I look forward to fighting for working people and jobs in South Florida, as I did in the legislature and as mayor of West Palm Beach. My record shows I know how to get results, which is why so many people have endorsed me.”
    WHAT A TOTAL LIAR SHE IS!
    No working people from WPB will even talk to her! She will not get the endorsement of Cops, Firefighters, Public workers or anyone else who had to deal with her.
    Frankel destroyed out city and bankrupted it. Go stand where out wonderful waterfront library used to be – now its nothing but empty grass and usership at the library Frankel spent $200 million putting into a city hall building that no one wanted is

  6. Downtown Danny Says:

    FRANKEL SAYS – “I look forward to fighting for working people and jobs in South Florida, as I did in the legislature and as mayor of West Palm Beach. My record shows I know how to get results, which is why so many people have endorsed me.”
    WHAT A TOTAL LIAR SHE IS!
    No working people from WPB will even talk to her! She will not get the endorsement of Cops, Firefighters, Public workers or anyone else who had to deal with her.
    Frankel destroyed out city and bankrupted it. Go stand where out wonderful waterfront library used to be – now its nothing but empty grass and usership at the library Frankel spent $200 million putting into a city hall building that no one wanted is down 50%!
    This woman LIED TO EVERYONE! She had a relationship with another woman whom she put in an office right next to hers in the new city hall that she refused to let residents vote on.
    Frankel told us she “had a deal locked up” to sell the old city hall – it still sits empty while we pay for two city halls.
    ANYONE BUT FRANKEL – SHE IS NOT FIT FOR PUBLIC OFFICE!

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  7. Debbie Says:

    Stop hating on Frankel because she has busted her but to get where she is and Kristen is simply out of touch….establishment…Really? Why would you have John. L endorse you while his wife runs for his seat..as he tried to extend term limits….sorry Kristen…you are not antiestablishment…just less established.

  8. ha ha Says:

    KRISTEN CAN JOIN ALLEN WORST. SHE SOUNDS JUST LIKE HIM

  9. YellowDogDem Says:

    As the kind of engaged supervoting Dem that will decide this race in August, I like what Jacobs has to offer more than Frankel right now. Both are roughly the same on issues but Jacobs seems like she wants to get things done and has more experience. Should be interesting.

  10. Sarcasm Says:

    Anyone that has dealt with Frankel knows that she gets what she wants—doesn’t matter how, doesn’t matter if it is what her constituents her—she knows best. And if you cross her, watch out. Downtown Danny is right she has left WPB is horrible shape. Anybody but Lois.

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