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Frankel and Hasner to speak at the Forum Club Sept. 24

Two former state legislators battling for the Broward/Palm Beach Congressional 22 seat will speak at the Forum Club in West Palm Beach at 12:15 Sept. 24.

The contest between Democrat Lois Frankel, former mayor of West Palm Beach and former house minority leader, and Adam Hasner, former house Majority leader and Boca Raton Republican is shaping up to be one of the most expensive Congressional contests in Florida. Frankel raised about $2.4 million while Hasner raised about $2.3 million just before the primary.

The only more expensive Congressional race in Florida is the contest between Republican U.S. Rep. Allen West, who raised more than $10.7 million and businessman and Democrat Patrick Murphy, who raised more than $2.3 million, who are running in the Treasure Coast. The West-Murphy race is the third most expensive House contest in the nation, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. West currently represents Congressional District 22 but redistricting transformed the swing district into a left-leaning district so West moved his campaign to the north.

The Cook and Rothenberg political reports both consider the Frankel-Hasner race to be "lean Democratic."

"We think its competitive," said David Wasserman, an editor at Cook. But "the fundamentals of the district favor a Democrat."

Frankel's fate is closely tied with Obama as well as the ability of Hasner to define her negatively. Critics have called her abrasive and criticized her spending decisions at City Hall.

"She has her share of liabilities," Wasserman said. "Republicans need to find a way to capture that and cast her as an unacceptable representative in Washington."

However,  "Democrats will absolutely hammer Hasner as a tea party acolyte who was campaigning for  U.S. Senate as the most conservative person in the race and obviously now he has to posture a little  more to the middle to win the district."

Hasner dropped out of the GOP Senate primary and switched to run in  Congressional  District 22 after West announced he was switching districts.