League of Women Voters VP to challenge Rep. Hagerby George Bennett | June 6th, 2012
Dems have spent months trying to recruit a challenger for the newly drawn District 89, which is made up of precincts that voted 52 percent for Barack Obama in 2008, then favored Republican Rick Scott over Democrat Alex Sink in the 2010 governor’s race. Republicans have a 37.4-to-35.8 percent registration edge over Democrats in the district.Goodman declined to discuss specific issues in a brief interview Tuesday. Hager’s campaign was quick to pounce on statements she made in 2009 when she was considering a run for Palm Beach County Commission against Republican Commissioner Steven Abrams.
Abrams voted against a property tax rate of $4.34 per $1,000 of appraised value, saying he favored a rate of $4.29 or lower.
“It was a despicable, disgusting vote. … His vote was unconscionable for Palm Beach County,” Goodman said at the time, arguing that a lower level would require the county to make unacceptable service cuts. Goodman ultimately decided not to run for commission.
Hager consultant Tom Plante today called Goodman “a seriously flawed candidate with a record for supporting a major tax increase at the height of the recession. Bill Hager is fiscally conservative, as is this coastal District.”