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For first time, minor and no-party registrations eclipse Republicans in Palm Beach County

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 by George Bennett

For the first time ever, more Palm Beach County voters are registered with no party or minor parties than with the GOP, according to today’s voter statistics from the county elections office.

As of this afternoon, there were 235,487 registered Republicans in the county and 235,508 voters registered with no party affiliation or with minor parties, according to the county elections website, which updates daily. There are also 366,450 registered Democrats in the county.

The numbers posted on the elections website fluctuate and it’s possible Republican registrations will nose back ahead of the “Other” category. But the long-term trend lines have pointed for years toward independent voters overtaking GOP registrations in the county, as PostOnPolitics.com noted in January.

The percentage of Republicans in the county has fallen from 40.2 percent in January 1994 to 33.2 percent in January 2004 to 28.1 percent today. The percentage of registered Democrats has slipped as well, but the drop hasn’t been as steep. Dems were 48.2 percent of all county voters in 1994 and are 43.8 percent today.

“It’s not a big shock,” county GOP Chairwoman Anita Mitchell said today. “I think the country is moving in that direction. It makes it more important that we articulate our message and make it clear why those people should vote Republican.”

Mike Coleman, a county Democratic Party precinct leader who’s active in registration and turnout efforts, said he doesn’t see the same level of interest that Republicans had in 2010, when the GOP won control of the U.S. House of Representatives.

“It’s not 2010, I can tell you. We have so many people who are not interested in joining a party on either side…pretty much anybody under 40 goes that way,” Coleman said.

Coleman and Elections Supervisor Susan Bucher, who regularly watch the daily totals, said today is the first day that independent voters have moved ahead of Republicans in the county.

Hastings’ new Dem primary challenger greets voters outside Hastings’ district

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 by George Bennett

Democratic congressional candidate Jameel McCline greets voters last week at the United South County Democratic Club west of Delray Beach -- and outside congressional District 20

Jameel McCline, the retired heavyweight fighter who last month launched a surprise Democratic primary challenge to veteran Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Miramar, introduced himself to voters at the influential United South County Democratic Club last week and posted some pics from the event on his campaign Facebook page.

McCline was well-received, club president Ed Sol said, but probably didn’t meet anyone who will be able to vote for him.

The club meets in West Delray and consists largely of voters in the congressional district of Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton.

“Alcee’s not in this district,” Sol said. Asked if any voters from Hastings’ Palm Beach-Broward District 20 come to his club’s meetings, Sol said, “There aren’t any that I know of.”

McCline and Port of Palm Beach Commissioner Jean Enright are both running against Hastings in the Aug. 26 Democratic primary. The winner will face Republican Jay Bonner in November in a heavily Democratic district.

Once cold-shouldered by Florida GOP, Rubio comes to party’s aid to ‘re-defeat Charlie Crist’

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 by George Bennett

Rubio outside his Palm Beach Gardens office in 2012.

When Marco Rubio began his bid for U.S. Senate in 2009, Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer openly supported his friend, then-Gov. Charlie Crist, who was the prohibitive favorite in the GOP primary.

Greer ended up resigning as party boss and going to prison on grand theft and money-laundering charges. Crist ended up falling behind Rubio, bolting the GOP and becoming an independent and then a Democrat who’s now pursuing his old job and leading Republican Gov. Rick Scott in many polls.

Now Rubio is going to bat for the Republican Party of Florida, making a fundraising pitch for the party’s efforts to hang onto the governor’s mansion.

Rubio’s e-mail begins with a veiled reference to the days when the party establishment wrote him off:

“Five years ago, Charlie Crist announced that he was running for the U.S. Senate. At the time, I was 20-30 points down in the polls. No one thought I had a chance. But with your support, things changed, and Floridians were exposed to the phony that is Charlie Crist.

“Today, I’m asking you to help the Republican Party of Florida re-defeat Charlie Crist.”

GOP congressional hopefuls challenge Dem incumbents to volunteer for Benghazi committee

Monday, May 12th, 2014 by George Bennett

Calvin Turnquest, one of six Republicans who hopes to challenge Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter.

Calvin Turnquest, the former Tequesta councilman who’s one of six Republicans running for the Palm Beach-Treasure Coast seat of freshman Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter, says Murphy should volunteer to be on the select committee to investigate the 2012 Benghazi attack.

At least one other Florida Republican has issued a similar challenge to a Democratic incumbent. Jorge Bonilla, one of three Republicans running for the seat of Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando, says Grayson should show the “guts” to volunteer for the panel.

Grayson and most Democrats voted against creating the Benghazi committee. Murphy was one of only seven Dems to join a unanimous GOP caucus in voting to approve it last week.

Two days before the vote, a spokeswoman said Murphy “respects the work his colleagues have done already investigating this matter” and “believes that Congress’ main concern needs to be focused on improving safety so that an attack like this doesn’t happen again.”

Turquest released a campaign statement calling Murphy’s vote for the committee a “sudden conversion” based on “pure politics” and said that if Murphy is serious about investigating Benghazi, he’ll ask to be on the panel.

Murphy and other House Dems from Romney districts stick out in Benghazi, IRS votes

Monday, May 12th, 2014 by George Bennett

Democratic Reps. Ted Deutch (left) and Lois Frankel (center) voted with their party's leaders on Benghazi and Lois Lerner last week. Rep. Patrick Murphy (right), whose district voted for Mitt Romney in 2012, broke ranks with most Dems. (GARY CORONADO/THE PALM BEACH POST)

Only nine of the 435 districts in the House of Representatives sent a Democrat to Congress while being carried by Republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election.

Palm Beach-Treasure Coast District 18 is one of those ticket-splitting districts. Voters there went 51.5 percent for Romney in 2012 while narrowly choosing Democrat Patrick Murphy over Republican Rep. Allen West.

When there’s a largely party-line vote in which a few Dems cross the aisle to join Republicans, there’s a good chance Murphy and the other Democrats from Romney districts will be among them. That was the case in last week’s votes to find former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress and to approve a select committee to investigate the Benghazi attacks were the latest examples.

Subscribers to MyPalmBeachPost.com can read more about it in this week’s Politics column.

Also in this week’s Politics column: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, offer different interpretations of the Benghazi vote; why an immigration reform activist who was a registered Democrat showed up at Gov. Rick Scott‘s campaign event in Greenacres.

For Mother’s Day, Nan Rich and Lois Frankel turn to their moms for political help

Sunday, May 11th, 2014 by George Bennett

Democratic governor candidate Nan Rich with her mom, Lucille Lovitt, from a Mother's Day fundraising pitch.

Underdog Democratic governor candidate Nan Rich is featuring her mom, Lucille Lovitt, in a Mother’s Day-themed fundraising appeal.

“Mother’s Day is Sunday. I can’t think of anyone who will do more for mothers, and all the women of Florida, than Nan. That’s why I hope you will make a contribution to Nan’s campaign today,” Lovitt says in an e-mail that went out this weekend.

An e-mail titled “my mom” (lower-case letters in the original) from Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, makes a Mother’s Day pitch for abortion rights and for building the Frankel campaign’s e-mail list of supporters and fundraising prospects.

“My mom, Dorothy, has always been an inspiration for me,” begins Frankel’s e-mail. “She instilled values of equality and justice in me from an early age — values that I still carry with me in my work. She was the first to teach me to always stand up for what I believe in. This is why I have always stood with women — especially when it comes to their reproductive choices.”

Frankel’s e-mail asks recipients to “Click here to stand with women on this Mother’s Day” and later to click to “Support women’s reproductive choices. Florida women don’t need government interference in their medical decisions.”

Today: Carl Domino, 70, interrupts congressional campaign to receive law degree

Saturday, May 10th, 2014 by George Bennett

Former state Rep. Carl Domino, investment manager and congressional candidate, will get law degree from Nova Southeastern University today. (THOMAS CORDY/PALM BEACH POST)


At an age when many of his peers are in or nearing retirement, 70-year-old former state Rep. Carl Domino will join a crop of millennials today to receive a law degree from Nova Southeastern University.

Domino plans to take the bar exam this summer and then contend in the highly competitive job market — not for an entry-level post at a law firm, but for a seat in Congress.

He’s one of six Republicans running in the Aug. 26 GOP primary for the Palm Beach-Treasure Coast seat of Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter. If the election doesn’t pan out, Jupiter resident Domino will still run an investment management firm that handles nearly $300 million in assets.

Domino said he spent three years and about $120,000 pursuing his juris doctorate so he could better understand how legislation works and because he enjoys learning new things.

“I think if you keep trying to learn stuff, and I’ve always been a big reader, it just helps your mental acuity,” Domino said this week.

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Murphy one of only seven House Democrats to vote for special Benghazi committee

Thursday, May 8th, 2014 by George Bennett


Five days after the terrorist attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi, then-UN Ambassador Susan Rice repeats talking points blaming spontaneous reaction to a “hateful video.”

Freshman U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter, was one of only seven Democrats in the House to vote tonight in favor of creating a select committee to investigate the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi that killed four Americans.

The final vote was 232-to-186, with Republicans voting 225-0 for the committee and Democrats voting 186-7 against.

Murphy spokeswoman Erin Moffet Hale released this statement:

“While the congressman respects the work his colleagues have done already investigating this matter, when it comes to American lives lost overseas in service to our nation, we must make sure that all questions have been answered. He sincerely hopes that this committee is not used as a way to politicize this tragedy and the deaths of four Americans.”

Jim Davis, slammed by Crist in 2006 for Cuba visit, says Crist ‘will learn a lot’ if he goes

Thursday, May 8th, 2014 by George Bennett

2006 Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jim Davis, who lost to then-Republican Charlie Crist

When he was a Republican running for governor in 2006, Charlie Crist accused Democratic rival Jim Davis of “poor judgment” for visiting Cuba three years earlier.

Castro

A Crist ad said Davis “met with terrorists” because as a member of Congress he met with members of the Cuban government (though not Fidel Castro himself) and also met with Palestine Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat.

Now a Democrat and no longer a supporter of the U.S. embargo against Cuba, Crist has said he might visit Cuba himself this year.

Davis was asked today if he sees any inconsistency in Crist visiting the communist island after bashing Davis for doing so.

“I don’t want to be a Republican Party of Florida tweet today,” Davis said. He said he gained valuable information by seeing conditions in Cuba firsthand and “talking to people, particularly regular people” while he was there.

“In campaigns these days, everything gets thrown at you, including the kitchen sink. That’s what happened to me and it’s even worse now,” Davis said. “I think if Charlie Crist goes to Cuba he will learn a lot. I did.”

Murphy 1 of 7 Dems to get U.S. Chamber award; 1 of 6 voting to hold IRS official in contempt

Thursday, May 8th, 2014 by George Bennett

Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter


Freshman Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter, will make a pair of appearances Monday with a U.S. Chamber of Commerce official to highlight the pro-business group’s “Spirit of Enterprise” award, which goes to members of Congress who supported the Chamber’s agenda on at least 70 percent of votes in 2013.

The Chamber is handing out 206 of the awards in the House — but only seven to Democrats.

Murphy and the Chamber’s Moore Hallmark will appear at a Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce breakfast and a Martin County Council of Chambers of Commerce lunch on Monday. Murphy voted with the Chamber’s position on 10 of 13 selected votes in 2013 for a 77 percent score. The three other members of Palm Beach County’s House delegation — Democratic Reps. Ted Deutch, Lois Frankel and Alcee Hastings — each got 31 percent scores.

Murphy often highlights votes in which he joins Republicans since he represents a Palm Beach-Treasure Coast district that has a slight Republican tilt and voted for Mitt Romney in 2012. Six Republicans are competing for the right to challenge him in November.

On Wednesday, Murphy was one of only six Democrats to join 225 Republicans in a vote to hold former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions about her role in delaying applications from conservative groups for tax-exempt status.

Murphy then was one of 26 Democrats to vote for a resolution calling on Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special counsel to investigate IRS targeting of conservative groups.

Scott says Crist will be Castro ‘puppet’ if he visits Cuba

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 by George Bennett

Gov. Rick Scott and Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera campaigning today in Greenacres.


GREENACRES — Gov. Rick Scott and Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera blasted Democrat Charlie Crist for considering a trip to Cuba this summer.

“It’s sort of laughable. He’s going to go down there and help promote the Castro regime,” Scott told reporters after a campaign appearance at AutoNation Chevrolet to promote cuts in motor vehicle fees and other taxes.

“He’s just going to be a puppet for the Castro regime and every dollar he spends down there is going to help them oppress their people,” Scott said.

Crist’s interest in visiting the communist island was first reported by The Tampa Bay Times.

“The embargo has done nothing in fifty years to change the regime in Cuba or end the suffering of the Cuban people,” Crist campaign spokesman Kevin Cate said. “Gov. Crist is exploring every opportunity to help bring economic freedom and democracy to the people of Cuba.”

Lopez-Cantera said his family “lost everything” after Castro came to power and his grandmother’s brothers were imprisoned by Castro.

“Charlie’s been a Republican and an independent and a Democrat,” Lopez-Cantera said. “I don’t know, maybe he’s going down there to explore becoming a communist.”

Charlie Crist says ‘I’ll just go there,’ plays race card again in explaining party switch

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 by George Bennett

Crist: GOP treatment of "the African-American president" was "a big reason" he left party.


Republican-turned-independent-turned Democrat Charlie Crist denied he left the GOP because he was trailing Marco Rubio in a 2010 Senate primary and said “a big reason” he bolted was the way some Republicans treated “the African-American president.”

Crist’s remarks in an interview with Fusion TV’s Jorge Ramos echo his claims to Stephen Colbert in February that his infamous Fort Myers stimulus hug of President Barack Obama angered GOP activists in part because Obama “was a Democrat, but not just a Democrat, an African-American.”

Then-Republican Crist was initially the frontrunner for the party’s 2010 Senate nomination, but fell far behind Rubio and left the party to become an independent in 2010. He became a Democrat in December 2012.

“You left the Republican Party because you were going to lose to Marco Rubio,” Ramos said.

Crist said he left because the party’s leadership “went off the cliff” and “I couldn’t be consistent with myself and my core beliefs, and stay with a party that was so unfriendly toward the African-American president, I’ll just go there.”

He referred again to “the African-American president” and said the way “some” in the party treated Obama was “a big reason” he left the GOP.

RNC spokesman Izzy Santa responded to Crist’s remarks in an e-mail to Fusion: “Being a flip-flopper is bad enough, but playing the race card to win over voters is pitiful.”

Frankel says new Benghazi investigation ‘is about Hillary Clinton running for president’

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 by George Bennett

Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach.

Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, says she’s “troubled” by a newly surfaced White House e-mail from 2012 on the infamous Benghazi talking points, but she said 2016 presidential politics are behind the latest Republican calls for a House select committee investigation.

Asked if Democrats should participate in the hearings, Frankel’s office pointed to her interview with a local TV station.

“This is about Hillary Clinton running for president and the Republicans just trying to stop her,” Frankel told local CBS 12 News. Clinton was secretary of state when the attack occurred.

Republican calls for a Benghazi probe have intensified since the recent release of an e-mail by Ben Rhodes, at the time a deputy national security adviser, coaching then-UN Ambassador Susan Rice before a series of Sunday talk show appearances to “underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure of policy.”

Said Frankel: “I’m troubled by that e-mail but the email is not really a smoking gun. I think the e-mail sort of backed up what the administration was saying and I think what’s important is keeping our diplomats safe in the future.”

New Benghazi probe? Dem Murphy ‘respects the work his colleagues have done already’

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 by George Bennett

Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter.


With House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, announcing he’ll create a House select committee to investigate the deadly 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, the Obama administration and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., haven’t been clear on whether Democrats will participate.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said Monday the administration cooperates with “legitimate” congressional oversight, but wouldn’t say if he considers the Benghazi committee legitimate. Pelosi today called for the panel to be split evenly between Republicans and Democrats. Evenly divided committees are rare on Capitol Hill and Pelosi’s demand could be seen as laying the groundwork for Democrats to boycott the panel if Republicans don’t agree.

Erin Moffet Hale, a spokeswoman for freshman Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter, gave this answer when asked via e-mail if Murphy believes Democrats should participate:

“The Congressman respects the work his colleagues have done already investigating this matter in the Oversight and several other House Committees. He believes that Congress’ main concern needs to be focused on improving safety so that an attack like this doesn’t happen again.”

Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, characterized the investigation as being aimed at potential 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who was secretary of state at the time of the attack.

The offices of the three other members of Palm Beach County’s House delegation — Democratic Reps. Ted Deutch and Alcee Hastings — did not immediately respond to e-mailed questions about the Benghazi panel.

Republican calls for a Benghazi probe have intensified since the recent release of an e-mail by Ben Rhodes, at the time a deputy national security adviser, coaching then-UN Ambassador Susan Rice before a series of Sunday talk show appearances to “underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure of policy.”

Medical marijuana gets 88% support in new Florida poll; 53% back ‘personal use’ of pot

Monday, May 5th, 2014 by George Bennett

Nearly 9 out of 10 Florida voters say adults should be allowed to legally use marijuana for medical purposes if their doctor prescribes it, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.

An amendment to the Florida constitution to legalize medical marijuana goes before voters in November and needs 60 percent support to pass. The Quinnipiac poll didn’t specifically ask about the ballot question, but found 88 percent support for permitting medical marijuana. That’s up from 82 percent support in November.

The same poll found 53 percent support for “allowing adults in Florida to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use,” with 42 percent opposed. Voters were more evenly divided in November, with 48 percent in favor and 46 percent opposed.

Asked if they’ve ever tried marijuana, 45 percent of Florida voters say they have and 54 percent say they have not. The age group with the highest percentage of reported marijuana use was 50-to-64-year-olds, with 62 percent saying they have tried pot.

Feuer appears to win circuit judgeship without opposition as filing closes; Murphy draws 6 GOP foes

Friday, May 2nd, 2014 by George Bennett

Attorney Samantha Schosberg Feuer appeared to win a Palm Beach County circuit judgeship without opposition when the state’s qualifying deadline for judicial and congressional candidates passed at noon today.

Feuer is the only candidate listed on the Division of Elections website as qualifying for the open Group 32 seat, but a division spokeswoman said it could be a few hours before the list is official because of late filers.

Follow postonpolitics.com and @gbennettpost on Twitter for updates.

The Group 32 seat became open this week when Judge Sandra McSorley withdrew her bid for re-election. The only other open circuit judgeship, the Group 30 seat, drew at least three candidates: Maxine Cheesman, Jaimie Goodman and Peggy Rowe-Linn.

Most circuit judges who seek re-election win new terms without opposition. But Judge Diana Lewis drew a challenge from attorney Jessica Ticktin.

At least six Republicans have qualified for the Palm Beach-Treasure Coast congressional District 18 seat of freshman Democrat Patrick Murphy. At least three Republicans qualified for the Palm Beach-Broward seat of freshman Democratic Rep. Lois Frankel.

Today at noon: Qualifying deadline for congressional, judicial candidates

Friday, May 2nd, 2014 by George Bennett

Attorney Samantha Schosberg Feuer (center) is one of several judicial candidates who have switched races this week. Will there be more changes before today's noon qualifying deadline?

The deadline for congressional and judicial candidates to qualify for the 2014 ballot in Florida is at noon today.

Some people to watch in Palm Beach County:

** Circuit Judge Diana Lewis: She holds the Group 14 seat and faced a challenge there from attorney Jessica Ticktin, who put $200,000 into the race. When Group 32 Judge Sandra McSorley decided not to seek re-election, Lewis switched to that race. Then Ticktin switched to the Group 32 race as well. Will Lewis switch again? If she does, will Ticktin follow her again?

** Attorney Samantha Schosberg Feuer: With impressive backing from the county’s legal establishment, Feuer opened a campaign for the open Group 30 circuit judge seat. Three other candidates entered as well, including attorney Jaimie Goodman, who has his own slew of endorsements and put $159,000 into the race. So Feuer switched to the Group 14 race after Lewis left. Feuer prefers to run for an open seat rather than challenge an incumbent, so if Lewis goes back to Group 14, she might switch again.

** Congressional District 18 Republicans: How many will end up running for the Palm Beach-Treasure Coast seat of freshman Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy? By the end of Thursday, four Republicans had secured spots on the GOP primary ballot: former state Rep. Carl Domino, Beverly Hires, software designer Brian Lara and former Connecticut legislator Alan Schlesinger. A fifth Republican, former Tequesta Councilman Calvin Turnquest, says he has sent in his $10,440 check and should qualify today. Three other Republicans — Ilya Katz, Frank Lynch and Nick Wukoson — have shown some public interest in running for the seat as well.

** Henry Colon: He’s the Republican who filed for the Palm Beach-Broward seat of Democratic Rep. Ted Deutch but, as of Wednesday, his campaign was about $8,000 short of the money needed to pay the $10,440 filing fee. Colon appealed to big-name Republicans — including former Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Marco Rubio, Mitt Romney, Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin — to try to raise the cash.

Rep. Ted Deutch gets a Democratic primary challenge

Thursday, May 1st, 2014 by George Bennett

U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, drew a Democratic primary challenge today when Emmanuel Morel of Wellington qualified for the ballot in Palm Beach-Broward congressional District 21.

“I’m not running against Ted Deutch. I’m running for something. I’m running for workers,” said Morel, 54, who said he recently retired as an investigator with the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour division. According to the county elections office, Morel switched his registration from no party to Democrat in January. UPDATE: The elections office said Friday Morel has been a Democrat since registering in the county in 1994 and records showing a January party switch appear to be based on incorrect information from the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Morel wants to end H1B and H2B visas that he says allow foreign workers to displace Americans. At the same time, he’s calling for “immediate, complete and total amnesty for all undocumented individuals in the country.”

The positions aren’t contradictory, Morel said, because American workers “are not being displaced by people that are here already. They are being displaced by new people coming here.”

Florida GOP Chairman Lenny Curry to resign, pursue Jacksonville mayor bid

Thursday, May 1st, 2014 by George Bennett

Republican Party of Florida Chairman Lenny Curry


Republican Party of Florida Chairman Lenny Curry will step down at the end of this month to pursue a 2015 campaign for mayor of Jacksonville, The Florida Times-Union reported and Florida Republican National Committeeman Peter Feaman confirmed.

The party will select a new chairman May 31 at its quarterly meeting in Tampa, Feaman said today.

Curry’s departure comes while RPOF plays a key role in Gov. Rick Scott‘s re-election efforts in one of the nation’s hottest governor’s races. Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist, who was governor immediately before Scott, leads Scott in most polls.

Medicaid street theater plea: ‘We need three people to dress in black as grim reapers…’

Thursday, May 1st, 2014 by George Bennett

Democratic activist Tom Conboy

Dan Liftman, whose day job is as a staffer for Democratic Rep. Alcee Hastings, holds "Public Enemies" sign depicting Gov. Rick Scott, Vladimir Putin, Bashar Assad and Kim Jong-un.

A call for three people with Grim Reaper costumes was answered and about a dozen demonstrators blasted Republicans and called for expanding Medicaid on a sidewalk outside The Palm Beach Post offices on Wednesday.

“We need three people to dress in black as grim reapers, street clothes for die-in, or scrubs for nurses. Please let us know if you have a grim reaper costume…!” one of the event’s organizers, Democratic activist Hillary Keyes, posted on Facebook earlier in the week.

The Grim Reapers wore signs with the names of Gov. Rick Scott, House Speaker Will Weatherford and state Rep. Bill Hager, R-Boca Raton.

Dan Liftman, whose day job is as a staffer for U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Miramar, carried a sign that said “Public Enemies” and included pictures of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Syrian President Bashar Assad, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and Scott.

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