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Mediscare: Democratic robocalls say West, Hasner would ‘end Medicare’

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012 by George Bennett

Undeterred by independent fact checkers who called the claim the “Lie of the Year” for 2011, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee today announced it is targeting five Florida Republican House members and candidate Adam Hasner with automated phone calls that accuse them of voting to “end Medicare.”

The ads tell recipients that “Your congressman…voted for a budget that would end Medicare and now the budget’s architect, Paul Ryan, is the Republican candidate for Vice President.”

The Ryan plan would dramatically change Medicare for people 54 and younger. But Republicans dispute the “end Medicare” characterization, and nonpartisan PolitiFact.com rated the claim its “Lie of the Year” for 2011, while FactCheck.org called it a “whopper.”

Hasner is running for a Palm Beach-Broward seat against the winner of today’s Lois Frankel-Kristin Jacobs Democratic primary. Five other Republican incumbents are also being targeted, including Rep. Allen West of Palm Beach Gardens and Reps. Steve Southerland, Dan Webster, Bill Young and Vern Buchanan.

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Frankel to team up with Pelosi for Medicare forum in North Boca Monday

Friday, August 3rd, 2012 by Dara Kam

Lois Frankel

Former West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel is adding a high-profile notch to her Congressional candidacy belt a week before the Aug. 14 Democratic primary.

U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.


U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the former House leader from California, will join Frankel for a Medicare forum at an assisted living facility in North Boca Raton Monday morning.

National Democrats, who’ve made the new Palm Beach-Broward District 22 one of their highest-priority races in the country, have thrown their clout behind Frankel in the race, thus far virtually ignoring the primary match-up against Broward County Commissioner Kristin Jacobs. They’re focused instead on the November contest against Republican Adam Hasner, who doesn’t have a primary.

While Pelosi’s a divisive figure on the national stage, appearing side-by-side with the often-vilified former majority leader just a week before the primary – and after early voting begins this weekend – likely won’t hurt Frankel with hard-core Dems who typically show up at the polls in primaries.

Frankel garnered the support of Emily’s List, Planned Parenthood, the National Organization for Women and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. The DCCC chief, U.S. Rep. Steve Israel, joined Frankel for a fundraiser earlier this year. Frankel jumped into the race last year in an effort to oust U.S. Rep. Allen West, who moved out of the coastal district after the GOP-dominated legislature redrew it with a Democratic edge.

The Monday event will be held at the The Veranda Club at 10:30 a.m.

Hasner raises $175,000 in 25 days

Monday, July 30th, 2012 by George Bennett

After raising $558,936 in the second quarter, Republican congressional candidate Adam Hasner collected another $175,000 during the first 25 days of July, his campaign said today.

Reports aren’t due until Thursday for the latest fundraising period, which covers money raised until 20 days before the Aug. 14 primaries. Hasner, who does not have a primary foe, will face the winner of the Democratic primary between Lois Frankel and Kristin Jacobs.

Hasner raised more in the second quarter than Frankel and Jacobs combined. He began July with a little over $1 million in cash on hand, compared to $1.3 million for Frankel and $75,590 Jacobs.

Frankel launches TV ad campaign

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012 by George Bennett

Former West Palm Beach mayor Lois Frankel today launched the TV phase of her campaign for Palm Beach-Broward congressional District 22.

The ad, full of quick cuts and outtakes, features Frankel touting her record as mayor and saying, twice, “I always take your side — always.”

The ad is running on broadcast TV in Palm Beach County and cable in the more expensive Broward County portion of the district.

Frankel faces Broward County Commissioner Kristin Jacobs in an Aug. 14 Democratic primary. The winner faces Republican Adam Hasner.

Congressional money roundup: West tops $10 million, Hasner out-raises Frankel and Jacobs

Monday, July 16th, 2012 by George Bennett

U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation, crossed the $10 million mark in fundraising during the last quarter while his likely Democratic challenger, Patrick Murphy, topped $2 million.

The latest batch of Federal Election Commission reports filed Sunday show West snagged $2.2 million during the quarter that ended June 30, including more than $1 million from people who gave less than $200. West has $3.7 million in cash on hand for what is expected to be a close race for Palm Beach-Treasure Coast District 18. Murphy, one of the nation’s top Democratic money-raisers, has nearly $1.3 million in cash on hand. Both West and Murphy face Aug. 14 primary challenges from meagerly financed rivals.

In the open race for West’s old Palm Beach-Broward District 22 seat, Republican Adam Hasner raised $558,936 between April 1 and June 30 — slightly more than the combined contribution total of Democratic candidates Lois Frankel and Kristin Jacobs during the quarter.

Former West Palm Beach mayor Frankel raised $359,887 in contributions for the quarter and supplemented her total with a $50,000 loan. Broward County Commissioner Jacobs raised $152,820. She and Frankel square off in an Aug. 14 primary.

Hasner, who does not face a primary opponent, has more than $1 million in cash on hand for November. Frankel has more than $1.3 million in her account while Jacobs has only $75,590 in the bank.

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Former health care sidestepper Frankel now touts Affordable Care Act in fundraising pitch

Thursday, June 28th, 2012 by George Bennett

Former West Palm Beach mayor Lois Frankel, who supported a national single-payer health insurance plan back in 2008, declined to take a position on President Obama‘s landmark federal health care legislation when she launched her Democratic bid for Congress last year.

“I can’t answer that question,” Frankel told WPTV Channel 5′s Michael Williams in March 2011 when she was asked if she would have voted for the Affordable Care Act.

Later in 2011, Frankel called the health care legislation “a big step forward, but it is not perfect.” And in May, Frankel said: “While not perfect, I would have supported the health care reform bill.”

Today, with the Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of the law and a fundraising quarter closing on Saturday, Frankel sounded considerably more enthusiastic about the law in an e-mail appeal to donors.

“This morning the Affordable Care Act was ruled constitutional by the US Supreme Court. This isn’t just a victory for Democrats; it’s a victory for working families all across this country who are struggling to make ends meet. While families are celebrating the ruling, we know that the Tea Party is getting ready to take this fight to the halls of Congress,” said Frankel, who faces Broward County Commissioner Kristin Jacobs in an Aug. 14 Democratic primary. The winner will face Republican Adam Hasner in Palm Beach-Broward District 22.

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Second ad for Jacobs in Democratic congressional primary

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 by George Bennett

Broward County Commissioner Kristin Jacobs has launched a second TV ad for her Democratic congressional bid. The new 30-second spot and a Jacobs ad that debuted Monday are airing on cable TV throughout Palm Beach-Broward congressional District 22.

Jacobs and former West Palm Beach mayor Lois Frankel are running in the Aug. 14 primary, with the winner facing Republican Adam Hasner.

Kristin Jacobs launches first TV spot in Dem congressional primary vs. Frankel

Monday, June 11th, 2012 by George Bennett

Broward County Commissioner Kristin Jacobs is airing an ad in her Democratic congressional primary race against former West Palm Beach mayor Lois Frankel.

The Jacobs spot is positive, highlighting her status as a “mom, neighborhood activist and county commissioner” and appointee by President Obama to a national committee on coastal protection. There’s no mention of the heavily favored Frankel, but Jacobs makes implied jabs at her feisty rival by saying she has a history of “bringing people together to create change” and saying “I know how to work with others.”

The winner of the Frankel-Jacobs primary faces Republican Adam Hasner in Palm Beach-Broward District 22. Jacobs’ ad is running on broadcast and cable TV in Palm Beach County and cable only in Broward County.

AFL-CIO decides to ‘co-endorse’ Frankel and Jacobs in Dem congressional primary

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 by George Bennett

Jacobs

The Florida AFL-CIO has issued a “co-endorsement” in the District 22 Democratic congressional primary between former West Palm Beach mayor Lois Frankel and Broward County Commissioner Kristin Jacobs.

Frankel is the heavy favorite in the primary, so the fact she’s sharing the labor endorsement is at least a moral victory for underdog Jacobs.

Frankel

Each candidate issued a statement on Monday touting the AFL-CIO endorsement and offering no clue that her rival had been similarly endorsed.

Said Frankel: “I am honored to have the endorsement of the AFL-CIO and the thousands of working families they represent. As a member of Congress, I will be a tireless advocate for them.”

Said Jacobs: “I’m honored to have the support of working families from across the state. I have fought for working families throughout my career in Broward County and when I’m elected to Congress I won’t forget where I came from. I will continue to stand up for working families and bring people together to create good-paying jobs and strengthen the public education system.”

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U.S. Chamber TV ads take aim at Frankel, Nelson on health care

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012 by George Bennett

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is launching a Florida ad campaign that targets Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson and Democratic congressional hopefuls Lois Frankel and Alan Grayson on health care.

The Chamber wouldn’t reveal what it’s spending, but Chamber Political Director Rob Engstrom said it will be “enough resources to be able to move public opinion in a significant way.”

Nelson and Grayson voted for the federal health care law in 2010. A recent Quinnipiac University poll showed 53 percent of Florida voters want Congress to repeal it.

When former West Palm Beach mayor Frankel announced her candidacy last year, she wouldn’t say whether she would have voted for the health care law. The Chamber ad highlights Frankel’s straddle, then points out she submitted a resolution to the U.S. Conference of Mayors in 2008 supporting a single-payer national health insurance plan.

The anti-Nelson ads will air in Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville, Tallahassee and in the Panhandle but not in South Florida.

The anti-Frankel spots will run on broadcast and cable TV in the West Palm Beach market, but not the pricier Miami/Fort Lauderdale market. Frankel is running for a Palm Beach-Broward congressional seat against fellow Democrat Kristin Jacobs. The winner will face Republican Adam Hasner.

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Choosing sides? Dems’ House campaign chief to raise money for Frankel in primary

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012 by George Bennett

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee isn’t officially taking sides in the Democratic primary between former West Palm Beach mayor Lois Frankel and Broward County Commissioner Kristin Jacobs for the Palm Beach-Broward congressional District 22 seat.

But DCCC Chairman Steve Israel, D-N.Y., will be in West Palm Beach on Saturday to raise money for Frankel at a $1,000-a-plate brunch.

DCCC spokeswoman Stephanie Formas said Israel’s appearance does not constitute an endorsement of Frankel by the committee or its chairman.

But it certainly furthers the perception that Frankel’s big-dollar campaign is favored by the party establishment.

Through March 31, Frankel had raised more money from outside contributors — $1.845 million — than any other non-incumbent Democrat in the nation. Jacobs, who entered the race in February, raised $203,931 by the end of the first quarter. The Democratic primary winner will face former state House Republican leader Adam Hasner of Boca Raton in the general election in a district that voted 57 percent for Barack Obama in 2008.

District 22 is now represented by U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation. But with legislators redrawing it with a Democratic tilt, West decided to run in Palm Beach-Treasure Coast District 18.

Frankel, Murphy are top national fundraisers among Dem House challengers

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012 by George Bennett

Former West Palm Beach mayor Lois Frankel and accountant Patrick Murphy, Democrats running in neighboring Palm Beach County congressional districts, have raised more money from outside contributors than any other non-incumbent Democrats in 2012, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee says.

Frankel raised $1.845 million through March 31 for her Palm Beach-Broward District 22 race while Murphy raised $1.768 million for his Palm Beach-Treasure Coast District 18 contest.

In Maryland, Democratic House hopeful John Delaney has raised $2.5 million — but his total includes more than $1.6 million of his own money.

Murphy, running against freshman Republican U.S. Rep. Allen West, was added this week to the DCCC’s “Red to Blue” program highlighting the party’s top challengers. Frankel, who faces Broward County Commissioner Kristin Jacobs in a Democratic primary, is not on the Red to Blue list as an individual, but the party has designated District 22 as a Red to Blue district.

District 22 is represented now by West, but has been redrawn with a Democratic advantage. After West bolted for District 18, former state House Majority Leader Adam Hasner of Boca Raton is the GOP standard bearer for District 22.

Dumping Senate bid for House race perked up Hasner’s fundraising

Monday, April 16th, 2012 by George Bennett

After slumping during the final four months of his Republican U.S. Senate bid, former state House Majority Leader and Boca Raton resident Adam Hasner‘s fundraising improved when he quit the Senate race to run for a Palm Beach-Broward U.S. House seat.

Hasner raised only $13,432 in January while he was still in a GOP Senate primary against Connie Mack, George LeMieux and Mike McCalister. After U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation, announced he was leaving his Palm Beach-Broward seat to run in a new district to the north, Hasner jumped into the District 22 race on Feb. 1 and raised more than $320,000 over the last two months of the quarter.

In his last full quarter as a Senate candidate, Hasner collected $262,965 in contributions. He had topped $500,000 in each of the previous quarters.

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Frankel tops $400,000, Jacobs tops $200,000 for quarter in Dem congressional primary

Thursday, April 5th, 2012 by George Bennett

Frankel

Already one of the top non-incumbent Democratic money-raisers in the nation, former West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel added more than $400,000 in the first quarter of 2012, her campaign said. Since launching her campaign last year, Frankel has raised more than $1.8 million.

Rival Democrat Kristin Jacobs, the Broward County commissioner who entered the race in February, said she raised “well over $200,000″ in a little over seven weeks as a candidate. Jacobs had said she hoped to raise $250,000 in the initial quarter, but said she wasn’t disappointed.

Jacobs

“We started from zero and we had a lot of ground to cover. I don’t look at this in any way as we missed the mark,” Jacobs said. “We are well on the way to raising the kind of money we need to take our message to Washington.”

Frankel entered the District 22 race to challenge U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation. After state legislators redrew District 22 with a pronounced Democratic tilt, West opted to run for a Palm Beach-Treasure Coast district instead.

Frankel, however, is continuing to use tea party firebrand West as a foil even though former state House Majority Leader Adam Hasner of Boca Raton is now the likely GOP nominee for the seat..

“This election is a choice between Allen West’s Tea Party replacement and my record of job creation, fighting for South Florida seniors and families, and standing up to the assault on women’s health and reproductive rights from the Washington extremists. I continue to be overwhelmed at the outpouring of support here in Florida,” a Frankel statement said.

Big-name Dems turn out for Deutch

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012 by George Bennett

Sam Oser of Century Village of West Palm Beach.

Democratic congressional primary rivals Lois Frankel and Kristin Jacobs found common ground at the Kings Point Shopping Center in West Delray this afternoon. They were part of a star-studded crowd of Dems paying tribute to U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, at his 2012 campaign kickoff.

U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Miramar, County Commissioner Burt Aaronson and Sheriff Ric Bradshaw were also there to show support for Deutch. County Democratic Chairman Mark Alan Siegel and Wellington Mayor-elect Bob Margolis were also part of a crowd of about 100 that overflowed a county Democratic Party storefront office.

While the event was for Deutch, the star of the show might have been Sam Oser, the Century Village of West Palm Beach Democratic activist who is celebrating his 86th birthday today. After the crowd sang Happy Birthday, Oser used the opportunity to give an impassioned speech, augmented by hand gestures, on the need to protect Israel from the threat of a nuclear Iran.

From Penthouse publisher to U.S. House candidate? Boca’s Marc Bell considers campaign

Thursday, March 8th, 2012 by George Bennett

Bell

Boca Raton investor Marc Bell, CEO of the company that owns Penthouse magazine, is considering a run for Congress. Bell is registered with no party affiliation but says he’d run as a Democrat.

He’s eyeing the Palm Beach-Broward District 22 seat, where Democrats Lois Frankel and Kristin Jacobs and Republican Adam Hasner have opened campaigns. U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation, represents the district now but plans to run in a new District 18 to the north.

“The way I look at the world, like most Americans I’m middle-of-the-road,” Bell said today. He says he hasn’t set a timetable for making a decision.

“I don’t want to be just another politician,” Bell said. “The question is, can I make a difference?”

Bell is managing director of Marc Bell Capital Partners and chief executive officer of FriendFinder Networks Inc., which owns Penthouse as well as a variety of social networking sites. He’s involved in a variety of other business ventures and has been an investor and co-producer of several Broadway plays, including the Tony Award-winning Jersey Boys and August: Osage County.

Broward Commissioner LaMarca won’t run vs. Hasner in GOP congressional primary

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 by George Bennett

Republican Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca has decided not to run for Congress in Palm Beach-Broward District 22. That should give former state House majority leader Adam Hasner of Boca Raton a clear shot at the GOP nomination for a seat that’s been redrawn to favor Democrats.

Hasner garnered endorsements from former Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio as well as U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation. West represents the district now, but is moving to new District 18 to the north.

Did the high-powered endorsements matter?

“I’d be crazy to say they didn’t,” LaMarca said. But the bigger factor, he said, was bipartisan encouragement from constituents to remain in his commission seat.

“We’ve got a lot going on here in Broward County,” LaMarca said.

Former West Palm Beach mayor Lois Frankel and Broward County Commissioner Kristin Jacobs are running in the District 22 Democratic primary.

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

Monday, February 20th, 2012 by George Bennett

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.

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