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Teachers unions back Clemens in Democratic state Senate primary

by George Bennett | June 8th, 2012

Union political clout may be on the wane with the general electorate, as this week’s Wisconsin recall results attest.

But within the confines of a Democratic primary, scoring the endorsement of the Florida Education Association and Palm Beach County Classroom Teachers Association is still a big deal. Those teachers unions have weighed in for state Rep. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, over state Rep. Mack Bernard, D-West Palm Beach, in their primary for a heavily Democratic state Senate seat.

“Representative Jeff Clemens has been one of the strongest supporters of public education in the Florida House,” said FEA President Andy Ford. “Jeff has a strong record of defending public education. His commitment to our students and public schools is crystal clear.”

Clemens and Mack are running for the Disrict 27 seat, which includes overwhelmingly Democratic minority precincts and condo communities. Dems hold more than a 2-to-1 registration edge over Republicans in the district. With an hour to go before today’s noon qualifying deadline, no GOP candidate has filed for the seat.

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13 Responses to “Teachers unions back Clemens in Democratic state Senate primary”

  1. Oscar Says:

    You know the Democratic Party is in trouble when the best they can find is an unemployed band member to run for Senate.

  2. Nice try Says:

    Oscar, they’ve been trying that line on Clemens for 5 years. Yes, Democrats hate people who play music in their spare time. And check the finance reports. Clemens has worked for the same company for three years.
    But Republicans don’t bother with facts.
    Clemens is a shoo-in in this race. Get used to it.

  3. Done Says:

    Well, that sews it up. When the teachers and FEA get involved in a Dem primary race, it’s all over but the singing.
    Nobody likes a Democrat who doesn’t support public schools.
    Do Mack’s kids go to private school? He seems to vote that way.

  4. Shocking Says:

    Shocking that the teachers’ support someone who supports public education!
    I have to say, I really am shocked that Bernard stayed in this race after Rader got out. It just doesn’t make much sense.
    Ahh well, should make for fun viewing.

  5. Yessss! Says:

    After years of dealing with anti-education nuts from both the Dems (Bernard) and Reps (Bogdanoff), I am so totally stoked to finally be represented by a pro-public education legislator.
    Thanks, Senator Clemens!!!!

  6. Downtown Danny Says:

    Good riddance to Bernard – he is as phony as they come and has nothing for anyone but himself and is a dumb as a rock.

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  8. whasup Says:

    But Clemens and his band do a good job of entertaining folks. That, and some free food during campaign season, is a lot more than ordinary people get from most politicians, regardless of party.

    He’ll make a good liberal senator, which is all one can expect from the unliberated liberal minions down in that district.

    I reckon the teachers union doesn’t like Bernard because he is willing to funnel education money to charter schools, which the teachers union drones can’t stand … regardless of how many defective widget children their standard public school factories pump out.

  9. Heather Says:

    Clemens priority is pot….enough said.
    With Scott in office the other extreme is Clemens….pretty said state of affairs from this state. He is a loser and not very bright.

  10. Silliness Says:

    ooooohhhh, good one, Heather! A loser and not very bright. Next I expect you to say “I know you are, but what am I!”
    First, yes, Clemens advocates for medical marijuana. So what? 18 states in the U.S. already have it. We should just legalize and regulate and tax the stuff, rather than wasting hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer money to arrest and send pot users to prison.
    Second, not very smart? You may not like Clemens’ liberalism, but everyone who knows him knows he is EXTREMELY smart. I watched him tear Republicans apart in debate last year. As a freshman! They were running scared from this dude.
    Bernard, on the other hand, is the consummate politician who just THINKS he’s smarter than everyone else. Condescending, untruthful and always looking for the next angle before he takes a vote.
    You may not like Clemens’ politics, but he always fights for what he believes in. I’ll take that over a fence-sitter every day.

  11. Mark A. Parrilla Says:

    Jeff Clemens endorsed rogue canon volitile divise Mayor Rachel Waterman for re-election solely because he thought she was a shoe in and thank God he was wrong. This woman stated on public record from the dais at a commission meeting “I am not just people, I am the Mayor” and Jeff Clemens endorsed her anyway. She also went screaming like a mad woman into our building department when she was sited by code for a valid violation documented with photographs and got the code officer suspended. She also stated at one of her debates Lovers of Lake Worth will vote for me, haters of Lake Worth won’t. Mack Bernard came to this country with his sister and with no help or guidance from his parents, put himself and his sister through school then went to college and became a lawyer and has done a great job as State Representative. He has my support and my vote. I will be volunteering on his campaign doing whatever I can to support someone who cares and shows it in actions not just empty promises. It doesn’t matter to me whether he wins or looses what matters to me is that I stand behind and support someone that cares about the people more than he does his political ladder climbing. Jeff Clemens when he was Mayor of Lake Worth stated he wanted to be a long term Mayor and was not seeking higher office, well he proved himself wrong after one term he sought higher office. He was in his present elected office one term and now he is seeking to continue the ladder climbing. Sounds like Mr. Clemens has his own best interest as a priority as opposed to the interests of the people of Florida.

    Sincerely,
    Mark A. Parrilla

  12. Dems2012forObama Says:

    “Mack Bernard came to this country with his sister and with no help or guidance from his parents, put himself and his sister through school then went to college and became a lawyer and has done a great job as State Representative. He has my support and my vote. I will be volunteering on his campaign doing whatever I can to support someone who cares and shows it in actions not just empty promises.” (Mark)

    Bernard is the real deal American Story. I’m voting for him. Jeff talks a good talk, Bernard walks the walk. I dare anyone of you to tell me what jeff has delivered besides “EXTREMELY” good talk. I like the guy but he’s full of hot air. Mack is s silent hard worker. Started from less than nothing…and is an all-American success story. Blacks and Haitians should be proud of this man. Bernard is the real democrat we need in this race to secure our party’s future. He knows what it’s like to be disadvantaged and he’s a successful fighter for the working people. Vote Bernard, he get’s it.

  13. Jake Says:

    Oscar you’re an idiot: “With an hour to go before today’s noon qualifying deadline, no GOP candidate has filed for the seat.”

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