Ted Deutch will represent Broward well | Editorial

Since his election to U.S. House of Representatives in 2010, Ted Deutch has become a popular politician in northern Broward and southwest Palm Beach County.

Now he's running for a farther-south seat that will make him more of a full-time fixture in Broward.

The Sun Sentinel Editorial Board strongly endorses Deutch in the District 22 race because he has proven himself to be a smart and responsive Congressman with real leadership potential.

After redistricting placed Deutch and Lois Frankel in the same district, they agreed not to run against one another. Instead, they swapped seats. Previously, Deutch represented only a small portion of northwest Broward. In the new district, he would represent only a small portion of Palm Beach County, primarily Boca Raton and Highland Beach. The rest of the district lies within Broward.

Deutch, 50, is running against Republican Andrea McGee, a 33-year-old Realtor from Pompano Beach.

McGee is a nice person, but she is out of her league in running for Congress. This is her second attempt, having lost in the 2014 Republican primary. This time, she faced no primary opponent.

If McGee wants to succeed in politics, she'd be better off running for a local or state race and better learning the region and the issues.

In their joint candidate interview with the Sun Sentinel Editorial Board, for example, McGee was unaware of the Congressional battle over Zika funding — a key issue facing South Florida at the time.

McGee calls Deutch "a nice guy," but accuses him of "district chasing." She points out that he doesn't live in the district, which is true. Deutch lives in a part of Boca that is part of the new District 21. However, congressmen are not required to live in their districts and Deutch shouldn't be penalized for living just outside the lines of a city that remains in his district.

Deutch, a former state lawmaker, was first elected to Congress six years ago after Robert Wexler resigned to lead the Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation. In his first race, Deutch defeated Republican Edward Lynch by 27 points. He hasn't faced a Republican opponent since then, until now.

Deutch is a strong advocate for issues that affect South Florida, including strengthening Social Security and Medicare, stronger environmental protections and keeping flood insurance rates affordable for consumers.

He has repeatedly urged Gov. Rick Scott to empower the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation to regulate healthcare insurance premiums to expand care and lower costs. He considers this a strengthening of the Affordable Care Act.

He opposed the Iran nuclear deal, but now that it's passed, he wants Congress to ensure Iran fully complies with its terms.

"In addition, I will continue to support efforts to punish the Iranian regime for its nefarious activities outside of their nuclear program, including its support of terrorist groups around the world, its egregious human rights violations against its own population, and its testing of ballistic missiles capable of transporting nuclear weapons," he wrote on his questionnaire.

Deutch has introduced bills to ban the sale of military-style assault weapons and restrict the sale and possession of firearms with high-capacity magazines. Of the bills he's sponsored, nearly a quarter have addressed crime and law enforcement issues.

Deutch has been an asset for Palm Beach County and will continue to be the same for Broward. There's no question he's the better candidate in this race.



Copyright © 2016, Sun Sentinel



On the ballot: Post's endorsements for Nov. 8 general election

Three incumbents from our area already have shown the ability to work when possible in a bipartisan fashion. We endorse each of these Democrats: U.S. Reps.Alcee Hastings, Dist. 20,Lois Frankel, Dist. 21, andTed Deutch, Dist. 22. All of the districts — newly drawn, as per last year’s redistricting court ruling — remain heavily Democratic.

Hastings, seeking a 13th term, still commands respect on both sides of the aisle. We have concerns about his support of the payday lending industry, but he is a leading voice on issues such as gun control, immigration and health care for seniors. His knowledge of trade and transportation infrastructure should be an asset to the Port of Palm Beach. His Republican opponent, Gary Stein, did not meet with The Post Editorial Board.

Frankel, after two terms in office, has grown into the job. A go-to person for local mayors because of her stint at the helm of West Palm Beach, she also bird-dogged passage of a second Water Resources Development Act, important to Everglades restoration, and has taken a key role in seeking federal help on the sober home issue. Frankel’s Republican opponent, Paul Spain, is trying for a second consecutive time to unseat her.

Deutch, also seeking a third term, told the editorial board that he’d like to continue pushing for gun control and other staple Democratic positions. He’d also like to see Congress address the growing opioid overdose epidemic. His Republican opponent, Andrea Leigh McGee, did not meet with the editorial board.

Deutch, Frankel and Hastings each deserve another term.

Rep. Ted Deutch Announces Intention to Run in Florida's Newly-Approved 22nd District

(Boca Raton, FL) Congressman Ted Deutch issued this statement following the Florida Supreme Court ruling that finalized congressional districts for the 2016 elections:

Ten years ago, I took a leap and ran for a Florida State Senate seat from Broward and Palm Beach counties. I ran for public office because after years volunteering and working in the community to help those in need, promote tolerance, and strengthen the U.S.-Israel relationship, I saw elected office as a way to have a greater impact on the South Florida that my family and I love to call home.

Congressman Ted Deutch released the following statement on the redistricting ruling issued today by the Florida Supreme Court, which finalized congressional districts for the November 2016 election:

Today, I am excited to announce that I intend to for re-election to Congress in Florida’s newly-drawn 22nd congressional district. The new 22nd district stretches from Fort Lauderdale in the south to western Broward communities like Margate, Coral Springs, and Parkland and portions of southern Palm Beach County including Boca Raton.

The 22nd district, approved today by the Florida Supreme Court, is home to around 300,000 constituents I am proud to serve today, as well as thousands of Broward and Palm Beach County residents I previously represented in the Florida Senate and in Congress. I am excited to run in the community where my wife and I work, where my daughters graduated and my son attends high school, where my family goes to synagogue, and where I have spent so much time working for and with the people of South Florida.

The residents of Broward and Palm Beach know me for more than the time I’ve spent in their businesses, community centers, schools, retirement communities, and churches. They know me from the years I’ve spent working for Port Everglades expansion and beach renourishment, organizing veterans jobs fairs at the Fort Lauderdale Armory, and hosting community forums on student loans, immigration, and other important issues at Florida Atlantic University and Broward College.

During my time in Tallahassee and my four terms in Congress, I’ve been honored to pass laws   that fund cancer research, tighten sanctions on Iran, and award veterans with medals of honor they were wrongfully denied. I also take pride in my work securing federal funding for the roads, ports, and infrastructure that South Florida businesses need to grow and compete, and in these times of global uncertainty, my role as top Democrat on the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa.

South Florida’s economy has come a long way since the financial crisis, with our tourism and real estate sectors back in business and more Floridians back at work. Yet we also face enormous challenges that deserve real solutions, from growing incomes and helping more Americans retire securely to making college more affordable.

The issues that we face in South Florida and as a country, like the deadly mass shooting that struck San Bernardino just hours ago, have no boundaries. Now is the time for us to move forward together as a community and as a country, and I am more committed than ever to delivering progress for the people of South Florida.  

I have devoted my entire career in public life to serving the people of both Broward and Palm Beach counties. The new 22nd district offers me the only opportunity to continue working for both of these wonderful communities in Congress, and I am proud to put my record of accomplishment up against anyone.

In the coming months, I’ll be working harder than ever to continue championing the concerns, aspirations, and needs of the people of Broward and Palm Beach counties in Congress.

U.S. Reps. Ted Deutch, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Introduce New Bipartisan Eating Disorders Legislation

Today, Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL) and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) introduced bipartisan legislation aimed at helping Americans struggling with the deadliest form of mental illness – eating disorders – get the care and support they need. Named the Anna Westin Act in observance of a 21-year old woman who lost her life to eating disorders, this legislation is designed help those affected with or susceptible to eating disorders by focusing on training, treatment, and truth-in-advertising. According to the National Institutes for Mental Health, approximately 10 percent of all Americans at one point or another in their lives struggle with eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia nervosa. 

“Tragically, the lack of awareness and understanding of eating disorders in our society too often leaves those who suffer alone and without treatment,” said Congressman Deutch, who last week along with Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen, was recognized as the 2015 Champion for Eating Disorders by the national umbrella organization, the Eating Disorders Coalition. “The Anna Westin Act will improve training for doctors and educators, better protect patients from coverage denials, and request the FTC study the impact of the unrealistic and photoshopped body images that permeate our culture. I am proud to introduce this legislation with my friend, Congresswoman Ileana Ros Lehtinen, and am committed to advancing the efforts of activists nationwide who rightly believe we can and must do better when it comes to treating and prevent deadly eating disorders.” 

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Reps. Ted Deutch, Tom Rooney Introduce Bipartisan National Criminal Justice Commission Act

Today, U.S. Reps. Ted Deutch (D-FL) and Tom Rooney (R-FL) announced the bipartisan introduction of the National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2015. H.R. 2230 would establish a bipartisan, blue-ribbon National Criminal Justice Commission charged with reviewing the challenges we face at the federal, state, and local levels and issuing recommendations to Congress on strengthening public safety and law enforcement, addressing mass incarceration and fiscal sustainability, and improving fairness and accountability. Given that it has been fifty years since President Lyndon Johnson created the 1965 Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice, this legislation is presents Congress with an opportunity to take a commonsense and bipartisan step toward restoring faith in our criminal justice system at a time when the confidence of many Americans has been tested. 

“Recent events across our country have made evident what civil rights leaders, law enforcement groups, and legal advocates have been saying for years: a comprehensive review of America’s criminal justice system is long overdue,” said Congressman Ted Deutch, a senior Member of the House Judiciary Committee. “If we as Americans are serious about tackling issues like mass incarceration, building trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve, and promoting a justice system guided by basic fairness and equality under the law, then it’s time the House and Senate worked together to establish a new National Criminal Justice Commission. A bipartisan, comprehensive examination of the many challenges we face is the first step toward reforming our laws and creating a more sustainable and more accountable criminal justice system.” 

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