U.S. Representatives Ted Deutch and Lois Frankel issued a joint statement today in response to the proposed map by the state Legislature which shows that their homes will both be in District 21:
"We both believe in the concept of Fair Districts and that congressional districts should be drawn to serve the people, not for the pleasure of elected officials. We have both proudly worked as a team and with other members of our delegation, serving the residents of Palm Beach and Broward counties over many years. We both fully intend to run for re-election and we look forward to serving in Congress together as long as our constituents give us this honor. We are friends, have great respect for one another and both of us are fully committed to not running against each other.”
The map is just an initial version and could change during the special session that starts Monday -- and it ultimately must be approved by a judge. But if the two members remain in the same district, one highly likely scenario is that Frankel will run in the newly drawn District 22 which she represents now but the new boundaries would largely lie in Broward. Meanwhile, Deutch would run in District 21. Read more about that in our earlier article.
The fact that District 22 would become Broward majority has fueled gossip about whether any well-known politicians in Broward will take a look at the seat. Former state Sen. Nan Rich, who is running for County Commission, and County Commissioner Tim Ryan both told Naked Politics Thursday that they will not run.
"She has my full support," Ryan said.