Lois Frankel is running for Florida’s 22nd Congressional District to unseat radical Tea Party favorite Allen West.
The first woman minority leader of the Florida House and a former member of WiLL, Lois served from 1986-1992 and again from 1994-2002, leaving because of term limits. In 2003, she beat incumbent West Palm Beach Mayor Joel Daves and was re-elected in 2007. Throughout her career, Lois has supported increased social services, stood up against relentless efforts to limit reproductive freedoms, and has been a tireless advocate for seniors, families, and small business owners.
WAND distinguishing points: Frankel supports an accelerated timetable for withdrawal Afghanistan. One of her top priorities, both in the race and in office, will be protecting social services.
The seat: The 22nd Congressional District is in South Florida, including West Palm Beach and the majority of Fort Lauderdale. The district was the center of the 2000 presidential election recount, and has voted for the Democratic candidate in the past three presidential elections
Current Congressman Allen West won the seat against incumbent Ron Klein when he ran for a second time in 2010, with 54.36% of the vote. West is a Tea Party candidate who has publicly called to end Medicare, voted to decrease financial aid for college students, and said that the women of Planned Parenthood and Code Pink are “neutering” American men. West recently made news over a high-profile spat with Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Chair of the DCCC and Representative of Florida’s 20th Congressional District. When Wasserman Schultz criticized legislation that would cut Medicare, West responded with an e-mail in which he insulted her repeatedly.
In the primary, Lois faces Patrick Murphy. Murphy is a moderate businessman who has never run for public office and recently switched from the Republican party to the Democratic party. This election will be very expensive as Frankel, Murphy, and West have already been noted as some of the top fundraisers for 2012.