It was mostly a time for celebration and sentiment on Monday as four members of South Florida held a ceremonial swearing in to mark their new terms in
Deutch condemned what he said was the typical reaction that "too many of us have had for years now" that nothing can be done after a major gun tragedy. "That is not something that we can afford to happen this time," he said.
Besides tackling gun violence, Wasserman Schultz said she hopes Congress deals with marriage equality, immigration reform and takes a "balanced approach" to deficit reduction. "None of the battles will be easy and change is sometimes slower than we want," she sad. "Sometimes you have to [take] delight in incremental change."
Deutch said the national and world issues he deals with in
Wilson, a former educator and former
"I have so many things that I want to do, so many things that I want to change," she said. "Education determines everything in this nation."
The event was mostly a way for the four
The audience of 300 learned that when Wasserman Schultz was fresh out of college with her political science degree she was looking for a job in Tallahassee – and got turned away by Frankel. And Wilson can be tough to live with, according to Frankel (who roomed with her in Tallahassee) and Wasserman Schultz (who roomed with her in Tallahassee and in Washington, D.C.), because she needs so much room to store her trademark hats.
Wasserman Schultz, whose job as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee often makes her one of her party’s most partisan speakers, singled out for praise two
And there were warm words between Broward Mayor Kristin Jacobs, who acted as emcee, and Frankel. "It is so perfect that it is me introducing her today," she said. "I am so proud of you Lois. I am so happy to be with you here today."
Frankel made her was to Congress by defeating Jacobs in the August 2012 Democratic primary. Publicly, at least for Monday, that was in the past as the two hugged.
The crowd wasn't treated to what would have been the day's best possible visual, suggested by Frankel. "I'm so excited that I could do a cartwheel, but it wouldn't look good."
The attendees included a Who's Who of Broward political players – so many that I'm sure I missed some.