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No public meeting between Nancy Pelosi and Patrick Murphy, but her fundraiser will help him

Monday, February 24th, 2014 by George Bennett

Murphy and Pelosi in 2012 (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi once showed off freshman Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter, to the Washington media, declaring that Murphy’s 2012 defeat of Republican Allen West “sends a message to a new generation of Americans that their voices will be heard at the table.”

But when Pelosi visited Palm Beach County last week for a Forum Club of the Palm Beaches speech and a fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Murphy was miles away. A public appearance with liberal Pelosi probably wouldn’t help Murphy in a Palm Beach-Treasure Coast district that leans slightly Republican. But the DCCC money Pelosi raised will help Murphy and other Democratic House candidates.

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

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.

Romney links Perry to Obama, Pelosi, Reid and Mexico’s Vicente Fox on immigration

Friday, September 30th, 2011 by George Bennett

Talking tough on illegal immigration helped Rick Scott score an upset Republican primary win in last year’s Florida governor’s race. Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is betting the issue will sour GOP primary voters in Florida and elsewhere on Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who supports granting in-state college tuition rates to children of illegal immigrants in Texas.

A new web video from the Romney campaign associates Perry’s position with President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and features a clip of former Mexican President Vicente Fox praising Perry for the Texas policy.

There’s also a clip of Perry from last week’s GOP debate in Orlando saying opponents of the program “don’t have a heart” — a statement that angered many conservatives as much as the program itself.

Weinergate ‘like a classic Greek tragedy,’ says county Democratic chairman

Thursday, June 16th, 2011 by George Bennett

Palm Beach County Democratic Chairman Mark Alan Siegel, who invited U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner to be the keynote speaker for the local party’s annual fund-raising dinner last fall, had a Sophoclean take on today’s news that the crotch-tweeting New York Democrat is resigning.

“This is like a classic Greek tragedy — great hero, fatal flaw, hubris, disaster,” said Siegel, a former New York state Senator who has known Weiner for more than a decade.

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Klein, Deutch among 47 House Dems urging no hike in cap gains, dividend taxes

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010 by George Bennett

Local Democratic U.S. Reps. Ron Klein and Ted Deutch are among the 47 House Dems asking Speaker Nancy Pelosi not to allow taxes on investment income to increase at the end of the year. Unless Congress extends the Bush tax cuts, capital gains and dividend taxes will increase from the current 15 percent to 20 percent.

Pelosi and President Obama favor allowing the tax rates to increase for individuals earning $200,000 and couples making $250,000 a year.

Klein, facing a tough challenge from Republican Allen West, was also one of at least 38 House Dems who recently called for a short-term extension of the Bush income tax cuts for everyone, including wealthy filers.

Klein joins Dems’ Gang of 31 seeking extension of all Bush tax cuts

Thursday, September 16th, 2010 by George Bennett

Klein

Klein

U.S. Rep. Ron Klein, D-Boca Raton, was one of many Democrats who favored letting the Bush tax cuts expire for upper-income earners.

But Klein and 30 other Democrats have signed a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asking that all the Bush tax cuts be extended. Many of the signers, including Klein, face tough reelection fights this fall.

Klein recently came out for a one-year extension of all the Bush tax cuts; the letter he signed advocates a “short-term” extension.

Read the latest here.

Battle of the robocalls: Greene enlists Star Jones after Pelosi phones for Meek in Dem Senate primary

Monday, August 16th, 2010 by George Bennett

Jones

Jones

TV personality and attorney Star Jones has recorded a get-out-the-vote robocall for Jeff Greene as next week’s Democratic Senate primary looms. Greene’s rival, U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek, has been getting telephonic support from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

According to celeb politics tracker Newsmeat.com, Jones’ previous political activity includes donating $1,250 to Hillary Clinton’s 2008 Democratic presidential campaign.

Pelosi records robocall for Kendrick Meek’s Dem Senate primary bid

Friday, August 13th, 2010 by George Bennett

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is the latest big-name Dem to vouch for establishment favorite Kendrick Meek in his Aug. 24 Democratic Senate primary against Palm Beach investor Jeff Greene.

The Meek camp is touting this robocall recorded by Pelosi on Meek’s behalf. Meek will campaign with former President Bill Clinton in Delray Beach, Davie and Miami on Monday. And Meek will be “joining” President Obama in some capacity Wednesday when Obama comes to Miami for a fund-raiser.

Allen West to Pelosi: ‘Give me that damn gavel’

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 by George Bennett

Republican congressional hopeful Allen West, already a YouTube star with a 2.1-million-view video from late 2009, has drawn more than 46,000 looks in three days for this posting by the conservative Shark Tank blog from Saturday’s opening of a campaign headquarters in Deerfield Beach.

“We are going to show them what committed and convicted Americans have always done since the days we stood up against the British republic,” West tells supporters. “This is about fighting a dishonest tyranny, fighting against people that will lie to the American people and say we’re doing all this for the betterment of your lives when all they are doing is creating more slaves so that they can have control over them.”

West is challenging U.S. Rep. Ron Klein, D-Boca Raton, but his strongest words in this clip are aimed at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

When he’s elected and goes to Washington, West says, “I’m going to say one simple thing to Nancy Pelosi: Give me that damn gavel.”

Pelosi coming to Palm Beach County to raise money for Dem House candidates

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010 by George Bennett

Health Care Reform PelosiHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., will be in Palm Beach County on Friday to raise money for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee at some private events, a Pelosi spokesman said.

Pelosi’s office isn’t publicizing where she’ll be. The FBI today arrested a man for making threatening phone calls to Pelosi over the recently passed health care overhaul bill.

Pelosi is expected to raise money for the DCCC and not for specific candidates. While there’s a special congressional election in Palm Beach and Broward counties next week to replace U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler, Dems are more concerned about upcoming special elections in Hawaii and Pennsylvania.

McCollum slams Obama, Pelosi, Reid, Sink, health care overhaul

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010 by George Bennett

WEST PALM BEACH — Attorney General and GOP governor candidate Bill McCollum dropped by tonight’s Palm Beach County Republican Executive Committee powwow and sounded at first like a federal candidate before throwing his likely Democratic opponent, Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, into the mix.

“In Washington, President Obama and his administration and some of the friends we have over there like Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are more worried about growing government than they are about growing jobs,” McCollum said. Sink, he added, “believes that the public should hold Tallahassee accountable for creating jobs. Jobs shouldn’t created by government, whether it’s the state or federal. Jobs are created by small businesses.”

McCollum also got a standing ovation when he repeated his pledge to use his position as AG to sue the federal government if Congress approves a health care overhaul that includes a requirement for individuals to purchase insurance.

Dem congressional candidate “deeply concerned” with Obama/Pelosi/Reid health care strategy

Thursday, January 7th, 2010 by George Bennett

Craft

Craft

Democratic St. Lucie County Commissioner Chris Craft, who’s challenging U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Tequesta, in a Republican-leaning district, said Wednesday he’s “deeply concerned” that President Obama and Democratic congressional leaders might bypass a formal House-Senate conference on health care and hash out a private deal.

Craft is running as a “moderate and independent voice” in a district that voted for Republican John McCain in 2008. So he raised some eyebrows in the fall when he said he supported the House health care bill. That bill passed on a 220-to-215 vote in which most Dems from McCain districts voted no.

Now that the Senate has also passed a bill, there’s talk of scrapping the traditional conference and jettisoning Obama’s oft-repeated 2008 pledge to have the negotiations televised on C-SPAN.

Craft issued a statement Wednesday calling for a bipartisan solution on health care. Read it after the jump….

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