Gillum rallies local Democrats while Republicans show up to support Trump
JUPITER – Former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum rallied Palm Beach County Democrats on Sunday by calling for voter registration and re-engagement, while outside over 50 sign- and flag-waving Trump supporters showed their side is organized and vocal, too.
“We get to look forward to flipping Florida blue,” Gillum said to loud applause from some 200 supporters at the “Pancakes & Politics” fundraiser breakfast at Abacoa Golf Club Sunday morning. The former Tallahassee mayor vowed in March to register one million new voters in Florida in an effort to defeat President Donald Trump next year.
Gillum called Florida a “1 percent state,” noting that the last three presidential races and the last four Democratic nominees for governor were decided by just one percent of the vote.
Several dozen Trump supporters awaited Gillum and other Palm Beach County Democrats as they pulled into the Abaco Golf Club’s parking lot.
“We’re here to send our friend Andrew Gillum a message,” said Palm Beach County GOP chairman Michael Barnett. “To let him know that there are patriots here in Palm Beach County who support the president, who are totally against this impeachment nonsense.”
Marilyn Parmet, of JewsChooseTrump.org, was the target of at least two detractors, who shouted their distaste for her support as they drove past.
“He’s the best thing to ever happen to American Jews and I’m very proud to be part of his campaign,” Parmet said, citing the Trump pullout of the Iran nuclear deal and moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem as two campaign promises kept.
Barnett said the goal of the rally was also to target what the Florida GOP has called “vulnerable” Democrats, including U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, and U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, because he said they were elected in districts won by Trump in 2016.
“We will hold them accountable if this impeachment nonsense goes forward,” he said. “President Trump has committed no crime. Tell me what are the high crimes and misdemeanors that he’s committed for bringing to light Joe Biden and his son’s dealings in the Ukraine.”
Sign-waving organizer Willy Guardiola took personal offense that the Democratic club chose the tea party monthly meeting location for their fundraiser.
“We thought it was kind of rude that they’re using our place here, so we figured we’re going to have 200 of our people here,” he said as supporters drove by honking their horns cars in support.
Inside the breakfast room, with an expansive view of the putting green, North County Democratic Club president Mark Beaumont said attendees were energized.
Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Terrie Rizzo told the Post that Democrats are energized across the state and the Orlando convention last week had a record turnout
The above article was excerpted from an article by Abraham Mahshie, Special to the Palm Beach Post, Oct. 20, 2019
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