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Lynch campaign to supporters: Donate $10,000 by 7 p.m. Thursday and he’ll run again

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010 by George Bennett



The campaign manager for Republican Ed Lynch, who got 35.2 percent in a special congressional election on April 13, tells supporters in an e-mail tonight that Lynch will run again for the heavily Democratic District 19 seat in the fall if he can raise “$10,000 or close” by 7 p.m. Thursday.

Such an outpouring would roughly cover the $10,440 qualifying fee by Friday’s noon deadline to get on the ballot.

Lynch raised about $131,000 for his loss to Democrat Ted Deutch, who raised about $1.5 million. Lynch has “a game plan” for the fall campaign that will require about $500,000, says the e-mail from campaign manager Jessica Dornblaser.

Before Lynch could get a rematch with Deutch, however, he’d have to survive a GOP primary rematch against Joe Budd, who lost by less than 1 percent to Lynch in a special February GOP primary and who qualified this week for the fall ballot.

Read the text of the Lynch campaign’s e-mail after the jump….


Republican Joe Budd seeks to oust new Democratic U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch

Saturday, April 24th, 2010 by George Bennett



Joe Budd, the Boca Raton financial planner who narrowly lost a Feb. 2 special GOP primary in congressional District 19, said Friday he’s running again for the heavily Democratic seat.

U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, won the seat in an April 13 special election with 62.1 percent against Republican Ed Lynch and no-party candidate Jim McCormick. Lynch was the GOP nominee after edging Budd by less than 1 percent in a three-candidate primary.



The period for congressional candidates to pay filing fees and submit necessary paperwork to qualify for the 2010 ballot is next week, from noon Monday to noon Friday.

Democrats outnumber Republicans more than 2-to-1 in the district and Barack Obama got 65 percent there in 2008. Budd will argue to Democratic voters that their “loyalty to the party has been taken advantage of.”

Read Budd’s complete candidate statement after the jump…..


Three running Rooney brothers “unbelievable,” dad says; also Bucher fallout, Wexler’s return, Budd’s plans

Monday, February 15th, 2010 by George Bennett

As freshman U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Tequesta, seeks reelection this year, older brother Pat Rooney Jr. is running for a state House seat and younger brother Brian Rooney is trying to win a Michigan congressional seat.

Read about it this week’s Politics column.

Also: Read about how prosecutors want tougher residency standards in response to Elections Supervisor Susan Bucher’s frequent address changes when she was a state House member. And Robert Wexler returns to South Florida this week.

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

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010 by George Bennett



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.



“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.”

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 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.


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.


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.


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.

GOP candidate Budd highlights financial setbacks in his debut ad

Thursday, January 7th, 2010 by George Bennett

Republican congressional hopeful Joe Budd moved to Florida after a business failure left him $600,000 in debt. That information comes not from an opponent’s attack ad but from Budd himself in his first 30-second spot before the Feb. 2 special GOP primary.

Budd, who often brings up the the business setback on the campaign trail, says he does so to highlight character issues and to let voters know he understands tough economic times.

“Instead of filing bankruptcy, I worked hard and sacrificed to pay it off,” he says in the ad. “…I understand your fears and concerns, having lived through them myself.”


Ad watch: compare spots by Republican Lynch, Dems Graber and Deutch in special congressional race

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009 by George Bennett

Three candidates so far have produced 30-second ads in the special congressional election to replace retiring Democratic U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler.

Check ‘em out after the jump…..


Ballot set for special election to replace Wexler; Deutch snags labor endorsements

Friday, December 4th, 2009 by George Bennett

Seven candidates are running to replace U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler, D-Boca Raton, in an early-2010 special election. The field of candidates was set at noon today with three Republicans, two Democrats and one no-party candidate qualifying for ballot spots and frequent filer Josue Larose making a write-in bid.


Graber criticizes Obama’s Afghanistan strategy in Dem primary

Friday, December 4th, 2009 by George Bennett

State Sen. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, praised President Obama’s Afghanistan strategy as “thoughtful” during a Voters Coalition debate Thursday while his rival in a special Democratic congressional primary, Ben Graber, declared himself “against the escalation in Afghanistan” and opposed to “militarism” in general.

It was the most significant policy difference between the Dems vying to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler, D-Boca Raton. Both voiced support for a government-run public option as part of health care reform.

Three Republicans running in the special election were supportive of Obama’s call for 30,000 more troops. GOP candidates Ed Lynch, Joe Budd and Curt Price also took similar positions against tax hikes, gun control and a public option.

Only one Republican appears to have enough signatures for special congressional ballot

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009 by George Bennett

It looks like only one of the three Republicans who want to replace Democratic U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler in a special election turned in enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot without paying a $9,912 filing fee.

According to unofficial totals from the Palm Beach County elections office and official Broward County numbers, financial planner Joe Budd met the goal of 1,163 signatures from voters who live in Wexler’s congressional District 19 while retired police officer Curt Price and contractor Ed Lynch did not.

Both Price and Lynch said they plan to contact the elections offices to inquire about rejected petitions. They can still get on the ballot by paying the filing fee by noon Friday. Democrats Ted Deutch and Ben Graber plan to qualify by paying the fee. Nonpartisan candidates can qualify by paying a $6,608 fee.


Three Republicans say they have signatures to get on ballot for Wexler congressional seat

Monday, November 30th, 2009 by George Bennett

Republicans didn’t even field a candidate in 2004 or 2006 for heavily Democratic congressional District 19. But with U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler, D-Boca Raton, leaving the Palm Beach-Broward seat in January, no fewer than three GOP candidates say they have collected signatures to get on the ballot for the special election to replace Wexler.

Contractor Ed Lynch, who was the uncontested GOP nominee last year and polled 27.2 percent against Wexler, says he has garnered the 1,163 signatures from registered District 19 voters to qualify for the ballot. FInancial planner Joe Budd and retired police officer Curt Price, both first-time candidates, say they also have met the signature requirement.

Candidates have to turn in their signatures to elections officials for verification by 5 p.m. today.


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