FL CFO Jeff Atwater Endorses J.B. Bensmihen For US Congress

Jeff Atwater, the highly popular Chief Financial Officer for the State of Florida, has endorsed Joseph “JB” Bensmihen for U.S. Congress District 22.  Besmihen is seeking the Republican nomination to represent voters in southern Palm Beach County and Broward County. Earlier this week, reports claimed Democrat Congressman Ted Deutch would seek the District 22 seat allowing Congresswoman Lois Frankel to retreat to a friendlier West Palm Beach seat.

“JB has spent his entire lifetime helping the most vulnerable and less fortunate and he has the private sector experience necessary to make an immediate impact in Congress ,” said Jeff Atwater. “JB has impressed me with his dedication to the community, and I am confident that he will deliver the type of leadership and solutions we need in Washington.”

“I am extremely honored to have the backing of such a well-respected leader in our state,” said Bensmihen. “Our campaign continues to be encouraged by all of the support throughout the state, and having  CFO Atwater on the team will be a huge asset going forward.”

According to his campaign, Bensmihen is the former owner of United Elder Care Services and Boca Home Care Inc. Bensmihen is also a member of the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation and serves on the Governing Board of West Boca medical Center. J.B is board member of Stand Among Friends, a disability advocacy organization housed on the campus of Florida Atlantic University.

Allen West, Pam Bondi, Jeff Atwater To Headline Event For Broward Republican Grassroots Activists

On Saturday May 5th, Congressman Allen West, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and Florida Chief Finanicial Officer Jeff Atwater will headline the Broward Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner. Broward Republican Chairman Richard DeNapoli said this is event is a celebration for all the hard-working Republican grassroots activists in Broward County. It will kick-off the Broward GOP’s big push toward the November elections.

FL Attorney General Pam Bondi

The festivities will be held at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale. A special reception allowing Broward Republicans some up and close and personal time with West, Bondi and Atwater begins at 5:oopm. A silent auction starts at 6:00pm with the main program beginning at 7:00pm.

The Pier 66 has long been a premier Fort Lauderdale destination. It is located on the Intracoastal Waterway just north of Port Everglades. It promises to be a beautiful backdrop for this annual event.

Many politicians and candidates will be on hand for the fun. This will give everyone a chance to meet them in a relaxed atmosphere as the busy electoral season is about to kick into high gear. You can place an advertisement in the commemorative program for as little as $50.00.

You can purchase tickets online at the Broward GOP website. The website has the full details on buying ads, including specifications for them.

Here is the itinerary from the Broward GOP website:

5:00 PM – 6:45 PM


Open Bar – Hors d’Oeuvres – Photo Ops


6:00 PM – 6:45 PM


Cash Bar – Silent Auction





Seating Limited.  No Tickets Sold at Door



2301 SE 17th Street




or email BrowardLincolnDay@gmail.com

Come to Lincoln Day and meet the Featured Speakers above, hobnob with elected officials, and see who the winners of the following awards will be:


Lifetime Achievement Award

(for a long-serving volunteer)

Volunteer of the Year Award

(for efforts in the past year)


Young Republican of the Year Award

(for the efforts of a Young Republican in the past year)


Republican of the Year Award

(for efforts in the past year)


George LeMieux MVP Award

(an award presented to an individual in honor of the service of our former BREC Chairman and US Senator George LeMieux)

Jeff Atwater Announces He Is NOT Running For US Senate


Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater announced he is not running for U.S. Senate.

Here’s the statement he posted on Facebook around noon:

“Friends, for asking and encouraging us to run as your candidate for the US Senate, thank you. Together we share an inspired vision for the future of America that is rooted in the founding documents of our country. Conservative principles of limited government that honors the talent, hard work and sacrifice of every American to pursue their dreams and create a purposeful life for themselves and their family. We also share a deep concern over the direction of our country and with those who believe that more taxes, more spending and more debt to fund bigger, intrusive and centralized government to plan and pamper our lives is destroying the American Character. We must fight for the future of our country. The time is now and the battleground is Florida.

Carole and I and our entire family traveled with you across Florida for sixteen months to ask for and receive your confidence and the high honor of serving as your Chief Financial Officer. For just over a year now we have been at the task of reducing your taxes, reducing your debt and creating an environment for Floridians to succeed on the paths they have chosen. Only slightly a year into this role I continue to feel blessed to be serving as your financial watchdog of government spending and I see so many more ways that I can serve you in this present capacity. As much as Carole and I are humbled by your calls, notes and messages to enter the US Senate race and carry our banner into the fight we believe we have a responsibility to finish the job Floridians elected us to do.

I promise you this, I will be with you and I will work at your side between now and November to see that Florida elects a United States Senator committed to our founding principles of freedom and liberty which has produced a prosperity never before achieved on this planet and which has inspired people across the globe. Let us press onward and see that Florida does it’s part to preserve and advance this exceptional Constitutional Republic in the spirit of what Abraham Lincoln knew to be, ‘the last best hope on earth.’ Jeff”