State Sen. Ted Deutch held a presser today to announce the endorsements of 15 elected officials from Palm Beach iranging from the city to state level. Among those in his camp: State Senator Dave Aronberg and State Representative Kelly Skidmore.
Will the growing list of endorsements send a message to other potential contenders -- including Broward County Mayor Stacy Ritter -- to think long and hard before jumping in?
Deutch said he expects to announce endorsements of Broward leaders soon. State legislators Jim Waldman and Ari Porth both said in interviews they are endorsing Deutch. State Sen. Jeremy Ring, who briefly considered a bid himself, said he isn't endorsing anyone yet but describes Deutch as a good friend, a hint that he will probably endorse him.
Rings says elected officials such as himself aren't the endorsements that truly matter -- it's the presidents of the Brooklyn Clubs in the condos and the building leaders that bring out the voters. Deutch looks like he has at least one of those locked up in Broward: Gertrude Weinberg, past president of the Democratic Club in Wynmoor, said she is leaning toward backing Deutch.