Editorial: For Congressional District 22: Deutch (D), Walters (R)

Aug 06, 2018
  • By The Palm Beach Post Editorial Board
The Post endorsements for the U.S. House of Representatives, Florida District 22: Rep. Ted Deutch (Democrat) and Eddison Walters (Republican)

Ted Deutch, a solid if unassuming member of Congress since 2010, came into his own this year as a forceful voice for causes important to Democrats.

When 17 people died at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Deutch rose as a vigorous voice for gun control and has been looking increasingly comfortable in the national spotlight.

Since then, the Democrat from Boca Raton pressed a Facebook executive at a hearing on why the social network hasn’t suspended conspiracy hawker InfoWars for spreading false, defamatory stories about, among other things, Parkland shooting victims. In another hearing, Deutch tried to temper the Republican scorching of FBI agent Peter Strzok, cooly urging the scalp-hunters to shift their focus from Stzrok’s anti-Trump text messages to “exactly what a hostile foreign adversary did to interfere with our democracy.”

We endorse Deutch for reelection in House District 22, which encompasses much of north Broward County as well as Boca Raton west to Florida’s Turnpike.

His opponent in the Democratic primary on Aug. 28, Jeff Fandl, an IT professional who supports single-payer health care and a stronger financial safety net for the unemployment, did not respond to a request for an interview with The Post Editorial Board.

Deutch, 52, says he’ll continue to push for a better minimum wage, reducing big money in politics, protecting voting rights, strengthening Social Security and Medicare, making health care affordable and addressing threats of climate change. But mostly, for stronger gun control laws.

Heartened by momentum created by Parkland students, Deutch sees hope for progress on measures like a national gun-violence restraining order program, universal background checks and banning high-capacity magazines, telling the Editorial Board: “These all have broad support everywhere in the country, except in the United States Capitol.”

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In the Republican primary, we endorse Eddison Walters, 51, a commercial real estate lender with a doctorate in business administration who describes himself as “the only Republican who can win District 22 in November.”

Born in Trinidad and Tobago, Walters touts extensive experience working with small businesses. “We need to create an environment that encourages entrepreneurship,” he says, and proposes a number of changes in tax law that he says would help.

Neither of Walters’ opponents in the primary, Javier Manjarres, owner of Shark Tank Media, a news website about Florida conservative politics; or Nicolas Kimaz, founder of Lifelong Naturopathic Remedies, an herbal supplement company, was interviewed by the Editorial Board. Manjarres missed an appointment. Kimaz never responded to our request.

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Read all of The Post’s endorsements online at www.MyPalmBeachPost.com/2018-endorsements.