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Ted Deutch Needs Taylor Swift’s Help To Reach Broward Voters

Forget Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Congressman Ted Deutch has called in a true superstar to bolster his chances in a new congressional district. Last week, Deutch announced he was swapping districts with the very sleepy Lois Frankel. Democrats were worried Frankel would lose a new district lacking her traditional West Palm Beach base. In an email to donors, Deutch likened his new race to Taylor Swift song.

Deutch wrote, “Some of you know I love music, so when the Florida Supreme Court approved new Congressional districts last week, I thought of Taylor Swift: ‘I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling 22.'”

Get it? Deutch’s new seat would be District 22. Of course, Ted Deutch, a 50 year old man, immediately thinks of a 2012 Taylor Swift song.

Yeah, right.

Deutch wants voters to contribute $22 dollars to help him reach new voters in Broward.

Boca Philanthropist Challenges Lois Frankel, Vows To Give Broward Voters A Voice In Congress

Joseph Bensmihen

Joseph Bensmihen

Boca Raton businessman and philanthropist Joseph Bensmihen wants to give Broward voters a voice in Congress. On Thursday, Bensmihen announced his campaign for the Congressional seat currently occupied by Democrat Lois Frankel. U.S Congressional District 22 covers portions of Palm Beach and Broward. Frankel, the former mayor of West Palm Beach, rarely visits her Broward constituents. As a close ally of Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Frankel appears to take Broward voters for granted.

Bensmihen, a Republican, vowed to give all Broward voters in District 22 a voice in Washington, D.C. He told REDBROWARD, “As I talk to my neighbors and friends in the community, the one issue that keeps coming up is that our congresswoman never seems to be around and accessible, and that’s especially true for the folks I speak with in Broward.  As your member of congress I’ll be in the business of showing up for my district.”

Bensmihen told The Palm Beach Post his his top issues are protecting seniors, spurring economic growth and supporting Israel.

Bensmihen is the president of the Private Care Association of Florida. He is the past president of the Boca Raton Synagogue. But this father of four may be best known for his philanthropic work.

The David Bensmihen Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, provides scholarships to worthy candidates in need of financial assistance. According to their website, the Foundation is named after Joseph’s father, David, “who fought to gain access for his son to public educational facilities. That effort enabled Joseph to get a quality education and inspired him to help others to get educational opportunities they otherwise might not get.”

Joseph Bensmihen does not see his cerebal palsy as a handicap. “I think I’ve proven that society has the handicap and the individual has a disability,” he said. “I was born with a disability. I’m not successful because I have a disability. I’m successful because I don’t allow it to be a hindrance.