You have to wonder why former West Palm Beach mayor Lois Frankel and Broward County Commissioner Kristin Jacobs don’t just flip a coin to decide who’s going to drop out of the Democratic primary race in Florida Congressional District 22. Their positions on virtually every issue are identical, and the winner of the flip could then immediately concentrate her efforts and party funds on defeating Republican Adam Hasner.
Both are competent pols would probably do just fine in Washington. Neither is a shrinking violet. Now it’s just a matter of personalities and egos, rather than which one might best serve the constituents.
Anyone old enough to remember the iconic congresswoman from New York, Bella Abzug (and I’d be willing to bet there are more than a few residents of District 22 who were once represented by her) might be able to imagine a Congresswoman Frankel filling her extra-wide shoes. Ms. Abzug was a brash, in-your-face, passionate, and sometimes offensive advocate for her causes. District 22 already has experience electing such a representative in the form of Allen West. In Ms. Frankel, there is an opportunity to continue the streak while evening the balance in a well-balanced district.
This isn’t an endorsement, mind you. Just a random observation by a constituent.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times