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Health care backlash doesn’t bring big bucks for GOP candidate Lynch; Deutch has 13-to-1 money edge

Friday, April 2nd, 2010 by George Bennett

Remember Republican congressional hopeful Ed Lynch’s claim on Fox Business Network last week that he had seen a surge in contributions immediately after the House passed the health care bill?

“We’ve got probably a thousand percent increase since the bill was passed on Sunday (March 21) and then we’ve got about another thousand percent increase when it was finally signed into law (March 23). So it’s been going pretty well…It’s just a national movement that’s gone on,” said Lynch, who’s running in next week’s special election to replace Robert Wexler.

New Federal Election Commission reports, however, tell a less dramatic story….

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GOP underdog Lynch, on Fox, claims contribution surge, ‘polling’ lead

Monday, March 29th, 2010 by George Bennett

We initially missed this Friday appearance by Republican congressional hopeful Ed Lynch on the Fox Business Network in which he says he’s received “probably a thousand percent increase” in contributions since Democrats passed a health care overhaul bill March 21.

Lynch also tells host Stuart Varney that “poling that we’ve done” shows him ahead of heavily favored Democrat Ted Deutch. Deutch’s consultant called that claim “just plain silly.”

Lynch, Deutch and independent Jim McCormick are running in an April 13 special election in Palm Beach-Broward District 19, a Democratic bastion that elected “fire-breathing liberal” Robert Wexler seven times. Wexler stepped down in January to head a Middle East think tank.

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Congressional candidates find common ground on medical marijuana

Saturday, March 27th, 2010 by George Bennett

DEERFIELD BEACH — Republican Ed Lynch, independent Jim McCormick and Democrat Ted Deutch clashed on health care overhaul and other issues during a congressional forum Friday, but sounded fairly harmonious when moderator Donna Dowling asked about medical marijuana.

Marijuana use is illegal under federal law, but some states allow it for medicinal purposes.

“It’s called medical marijuana. I don’t have a problem with it,” said Lynch, who said his mother died of cancer and he would have welcomed anything to relieve her pain.

“I would say if it can help eliminate the pain, why aren’t we doing it? It’s not hurting anyone. It’s medical marijuana,” said McCormick.

Said Deutch: “Medical marijuana, if it helps to reduce suffering, absolutely is something that we ought to consider.”

Deutch in Tally, won’t take part in congressional debate today

Thursday, March 18th, 2010 by George Bennett

Democratic state Sen. Ted Deutch said this morning he won’t participate in a congressional debate this afternoon with Republican Ed Lynch and no-party candidate Jim McCormick because he needs to attend a Senate Ways and Means Committee hearing in Tallahassee.

The three are running in an April 13 special election to replace retired U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler.

WFTL 850-AM said it had lined up the three candidates for a 4 p.m. debate on The Jeff Katz Show.

But Deutch released a statement this morning saying his participation was never a sure thing because of his schedule in Tallahassee. Deutch says he hopes to schedule a debate at another date.

Lynch accused Deutch of short-changing constituents in Palm Beach-Broward congressional District 19.

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Special congressional election candidates on radio this afternoon

Thursday, March 18th, 2010 by George Bennett

The three candidates in the April 13 special congressional election to replace Robert Wexler are scheduled to appear together at 4 p.m. today on WFTL 850-AM for a debate.

Aside from a West Boca Chamber of Commerce breakfast debate last month, this afternoon’s event is the only scheduled meeting of Democrat Ted Deutch, Republican Ed Lynch and no-party candidate Jim McCormick.

Post On Politics will be part of the panel questioning the candidates. Submit a suggested question in the comments section below and maybe it’ll get asked. If it’s really good, Post On Politics might ask it and claim credit for thinking it up.

Deutch plays Cheney/Palin/Tea Party scare card in congressional race

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010 by George Bennett

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It isn’t just Republicans who are trying to capitalize on the tea party movement and Scott Brown’s surprise Massachusetts Senate win.

As the April 13 special election approaches to replace former Democratic Rep. Robert Wexler in Palm Beach-Broward congressional District 19, Democrat Ted Deutch’s campaign has sent a mailer to voters in the heavily Democratic district warning that “Republicans & The Tea Party Want To Capture YOUR Congressional Seat!”

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In Washington, Republican Ed Lynch cheered as replacement to “loudmouth” Wexler

Saturday, February 20th, 2010 by George Bennett

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WASHINGTON — Republican congressional hopeful Ed Lynch might not be known by most of the attendees at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

But “fire-breathing liberal” Robert Wexler is.

So Lynch, running in an April 13 special election to replace Wexler, was warmly received by thousands of conservatives this afternoon.

“He is a candidate for the next House election that’s going to occur…It’s the seat vacated by that loudmouth Robert Wexler in Florida that you might remember from cable television,” said Wall Street Journal columnist John Fund in his introduction of Lynch.

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Budd says he supports GOP rival Ed Lynch in special congressional race

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010 by George Bennett

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A week after losing a close GOP special primary, Joe Budd said he’s supporting Republican nominee Ed Lynch in the April 13 special congressional election to replace Democrat Robert Wexler.

During the primary, Budd and a third GOP candidate, Curt Price, criticized Lynch’s business dealings and said they wouldn’t support him if he won the primary. But Budd changed his tune at tonight’s Palm Beach County Republican Party meeting.

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Budd

“If I made a mistake along the way it was probably saying I wouldn’t support Ed Lynch had he won the primary,” Budd told the GOP crowd. “Ed Lynch is the best candidate in the race. So I have to support Ed….Good luck in this race, District 19. I hope you win.”

Democrat Ted Deutch and no-party candidate Jim McCormick are also on the ballot.

For whatever it’s worth, Budd didn’t use the word “endorse” or any of its variants in his announcement. When asked afterward if his announcement constituted an endorsement, Budd said “it was announcing support…I believe he’s the best candidate standing.”

Congressional hopefuls differ on terror trials, taxes, immigration at debate

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010 by George Bennett

Three congressional candidates vying to replace Robert Wexler differed on terrorist trials, tax cuts and immigration reform during a debate west of Boca Raton this morning.

The West Boca Chamber of Commerce breakfast at Boca Lago Country Club was the first joint appearance by Democrat Ted Deutch, Republican Ed Lynch and no-party candidate Jim McCormick. The three are running in an April 13 special election to replace Wexler, who stepped down last month to head a Middle East think tank.

Deutch said accused 9-11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed should not be tried in New York City, as originally proposed by the Obama administration. But Deutch said he supports trying some accused terrorists on American soil in American civilian courts and noted that several high profile terrorists were tried and convicted in federal court during the Bush administration.

Lynch and McCormick took a harder line.

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Victory for no-party congressional candidate McCormick — he’s included in debate

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010 by George Bennett

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McCormick

No-party candidate Jim McCormick originally wasn’t invited to this morning’s West Boca Chamber of Commerce debate between Republican Ed Lynch and Democrat Ted Deutch.

But today McCormick has a place at the dais for the debate that’s set to begin soon. Chamber President Barry Epstein said the chamber changed its mind after McCormick sent an e-mail last night suggesting he might file a lawsuit if he wasn’t included.

McCormick, Lynch and Deutch are running in the April 13 special election for the District 19 congressional seat to replace Robert Wexler, who left office last month to head a Middle East think tank.

“We’re a chamber of inclusion, not exclusion,” said Epstein. On Monday, Epstein said McCormick wasn’t invited because he’s “not viable.”

Deutch-Lynch congressional debate Tuesday at West Boca Chamber breakfast; indy candidate not invited

Monday, February 8th, 2010 by George Bennett

Democrat Ted Deutch and Republican Ed Lynch, rivals in the April 13 special congressional election to replace Robert Wexler, are scheduled to debate Tuesday at a West Boca Chamber of Commerce breakfast at Boca Lago Country Club.

Deutch and Lynch won their respective primaries last week in Palm Beach-Broward District 19. Wexler left his seat last month to head a Middle East think tank.

A third candidate, Jim McCormick, is on the April 13 ballot with no party affiliation. West Boca Chamber President Barry Epstein said McCormick wasn’t invited because he is “not viable.”

The 7:30 a.m. breakfast costs $25. To make a reservation, call 561-852-0000.

Congressional primaries a cautionary note for Tea Party, 9-12 activists

Monday, February 8th, 2010 by George Bennett

Lynch: wins low-turnout GOP primary with 40.7 percent

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Last Tuesday’s special GOP congressional primary was not an auspicious sign for Tea Party and 9-12 activists hoping to make a Scott Brown-type of national statement in the April 13 special election for Robert Wexler’s old U.S. House seat.

“I was really surprised with how lousy the turnout was. I was expecting at least twice as many voters as that,” said Ed Fulop of the local Glenn Beck-inspired 9-12 group. Ed Lynch won a Republican primary that had only 7.4 percent turnout after all three GOP candidates aggressively courted the Tea Party/9-12 vote.

Read about it in this week’s Politics column.

GOP rivals say they won’t back Lynch if he wins primary

Thursday, January 28th, 2010 by George Bennett

GOP congressional candidates (from left) Ed Lynch, Curt Price and Joe Budd.

GOP congressional candidates (from left) Ed Lynch, Curt Price and Joe Budd.

GOP congressional hopefuls Joe Budd and Curt Price have been telling audiences they won’t support Ed Lynch if Lynch prevails in Tuesday’s three-candidate special Republican primary in District 19.

Lynch has taken heat for tax liens and court judgments, but says they just prove he’s not afraid to fight the federal government. Lynch and his supporters have also pushed back against Budd over his past business dealings.

Read about it here.

GOP candidate Lynch apologizes to 2008 campaign consultant but differs on $5,000 judgment

Thursday, January 28th, 2010 by George Bennett

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Lynch

GOP congressional hopeful Ed Lynch, one of three Republicans running in next week’s special District 19 primary, issued an apology today to Michael Solomon, a consultant who worked on Lynch’s failed 2008 campaign and who won a $5,000 judgment against Lynch last year.

Lynch’s statement says Solomon “left the campaign on his own accord under no pressure or direction from myself, I apologize if I have defamed his character in anyway, I wish him the best of luck to him in his future endeavors.”

Lynch said he issued the statement because “someone was saying that he got fired from the campaign.”

Solomon won a $5,000 judgment in Palm Beach County Circuit Court against Lynch last year for work he did on Lynch’s 2008 campaign against former U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler, D-Boca Raton.

Lynch said the judgment is “a situation that we’re dealing with and it will be dealt with pretty expeditiously.” He said he doesn’t “necessarily agree” with the amount of the judgment.

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GOP congressional hopefuls explain their non-Republican pasts

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010 by George Bennett

Primaries — especially those for low-turnout special elections — are dominated by a party’s most partisan voters. So all three of the Republican candidates in next week’s special congressional District 19 primary have fielded questions about their past histories outside the GOP.

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Lynch: accidental Dem?

Ed Lynch registered as a Democrat when he moved to Palm Beach County in 2000. Lynch said he didn’t intend to register with the Democratic Party and isn’t sure how he did. He said he didn’t catch the mistake until 2004, when he switched his registration to Republican.

After taking some heat during the primary for his Democratic past, Lynch’s campaign Web site this week posted a copy of a New Jersey record showing he was registered as a Republican in the Garden State from 1992 to 2000.

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Democrat Deutch has huge money lead in race for Wexler’s old congressional seat

Friday, January 22nd, 2010 by George Bennett

Deutch: 10-to-1 money edge over Dem primary foe

Deutch: 10-to-1 money edge over Dem primary foe

The latest Federal Election Commission reports show a financial mismatch in the special election campaign for Robert Wexler’s old congressional District 19 seat.

Democratic state Sen. Ted Deutch has piled up nearly $1 million in campaign contributions for the race and spent $684,578 while his rival in the Feb. 2 Democratic primary, Ben Graber, says he has raised and spent around $100,000.

In the GOP primary, contractor Ed Lynch reports that he has raised $59,277, including $19,500 of his own money, and spent $50,175. But Lynch’s report says he has $84,455 in cash on hand because of money carried over from his losing 2008 campaign.

Republican candidate Joe Budd raised $23,142, including $10,000 of his own money. A third GOP candidate, Curt Price, raised $2,411 from contributors and kicked in $53,500 of his own money.

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GOP congressional candidate and “son of a shoe salesman” Price runs first ad

Thursday, January 21st, 2010 by George Bennett

GOP congressional hopeful Curt Price, one of three candidates in the Feb. 2 Republican primary for the congressional District 19 seat, will begin airing his first TV spot on cable Friday, his campaign says.

With Price, Joe Budd and Ed Lynch all running on conservative platforms, Price highlights his biography as “son of a shoe salesman,” former cop and small business owner who has “lived the American dream” and who pledges to vote against any bill that expands government.

Check out some of the other District 19 candidate ads here and here.

New Rorschach test for GOP primary candidates: Crist or Rubio?

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010 by George Bennett

At tonight’s Republican Jewish Coalition forum with the three GOP candidates running in a special Feb. 2 congressional primary, the most interesting question was the last, and it was only three words:

Crist or Rubio?

Joe Budd, Ed Lynch and Curt Price all declined to state a preference in the Senate primary.

Budd mentioned he’s “intrigued” by another candidate in the primary, former New Hampshire Sen. Bob Smith. But both Budd and Lynch criticized Smith for briefly endorsing Democrat John Kerry in 2004 to spite George W. Bush.

The winner of next month’s Republican congressional primary will face the winner of the Ted Deutch-Ben Graber Democratic primary and no-party candidate Jim McCormick in an April 13 general election to replace Democrat Robert Wexler.

Congressional candidate Lynch says he’s champion of small biz and vets, victim of vengeful feds

Monday, January 11th, 2010 by George Bennett

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Lynch

Republican congressional hopeful Ed Lynch, who has more than $1.3 million in federal tax liens against him and whose contracting business has been socked with $143,618 in court judgments since 2008, says he’s being punished by the federal government “for fighting for the rights of our veterans.”

Lynch says he’s been battling the federal bureaucracy since 2007 to receive about $5 million for remodeling work his DeLeon Industries did on a VA hospital in Miami. While waiting for the money, Lynch says he was unable to pay some subcontractors, who filed court claims against DeLeon Industries. That explanation was included in a column published today.

Later today, Lynch released a statement accusing the feds of delaying payments “because I refused to sit idly by and watch the V. A. Medical Center in Miami and its corrupt administration put our veterans’ health at risk while wasting taxpayer money.”

Read Lynch’s entire statement after the jump….

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Congressional candidate Lynch says tax liens, judgments will soon be resolved

Monday, January 11th, 2010 by George Bennett

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Lynch

Republican congressional hopeful Ed Lynch, one of three candidates in a special Feb. 2 GOP primary, has more than $1.3 million in federal tax liens against him and his contracting business has been socked with $143,618 in court judgments since 2008.

The liens are the result of a long-running dispute in which Lynch contested the IRS’ valuation of a business he sold, says Lynch, who says he has prevailed in the matter and won’t owe any back taxes.

“It looks like we settled it. I’m just waiting for them to send me the paperwork,” he said last week.

He blamed the court judgments on a separate dispute with the federal bureaucracy.

Read about in this week’s Politics column.

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