LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA – To national Congress watchers, the Broward-Palm Beach County 22nd District race between Lois Frankel and Adam Hasner is one of the most important in the country.
It’s not necessarily that high a priority for voters in the district.
Many voters interviewed at the polls Tuesday said they’d voted for Democrat Frankel or Republican Hasner – and the main reason was that most were voting a straight party ticket.
For the most part, if they voted for President Barack Obama they voted for Frankel. If they voted for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, they voted for Hasner.
William Beaver, a tea party activist from Wilton Manors, said he voted straight Republican “unless I made a mistake.” He said Hasner would do a good job if elected because he’d vote to curtail spending
Gail Albohn, of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, said she’s a Democrat who votes mostly for her party’s candidates. She said voted for Frankel because she “liked the things she had to say,” but didn’t recall anything specific.
James Geiger of Wilton Manors voted for Frankel. He said the main reason is that he’s a life-long Democrat who comes from a family of life-long Democrats.
But Bill Carroll, also of Wilton Manors, said he’s a lifelong Republican. That’s why he voted for Hasner.
And Matt Kozloff, of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, said he cast a ballot for Hasner – along with every other Republican on the ballot.
Robert Stark of Wilton Manors, who voted for Obama, said he was going back and forth between Frankel and Hasner, and ultimately picked the Democrat.
“With gridlock, government divided, we never get anything done,” he said, hoping a Democratic Congress would be able to work with what he hopes is a second-term Democratic president.
The current 22nd District representative is Allen West, the freshman Republican who’s a darling of the tea party movement.
When the Republican-controlled state Legislature redrew congressional districts to reflect population changes uncovered in the 2010 Census, it made the district more Democratic. So West abandoned it and is seeking a second term from a district in northern Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties.
Beaver said he doesn’t like the idea that West would no longer represent part of Broward County. As long as West remains in Congress, he said he’d be happy.
But Nicole Ramirez, of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, who voted for all Democratic candidates – including Frankel – except in the race for Broward sheriff, said she doesn’t miss West.
“Thank God he’s gone. I feel sorry for whoever’s going to get him in Martin County.”
And she said the tea party contributed to her decision to not vote for Hasner. “These tea party people scare the life out of me,” she said.
Harry Hanna of Wilton Manors said he wasn’t familiar with Frankel or Hasner. He said he picked Hasner because his last name starts with “H.”Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times