Ted Deutch in a Comfortable Position for 2014 Run

By: Jeff Henderson | Posted: May 1, 2014 3:55 AM
Ted Deutch

Ted Deutch

Ted Deutch has had a spectacular rise in Florida politics and, as the hours tick down in the qualifying period to run for Congress, he should be prepared for another easy contest in November.

Deutch moved to Florida in 1997. A decade later, the prominent attorney was sitting in the Florida Senate. When Robert Wexler left Congress in 2010, Deutch took on Republican Joe Budd for the open seat. Deutch won 63 percent of the vote against Budd and 2012 was even easier after redistricting. With 78 percent of the vote, Deutch ran over two independent candidates.

While he’s generally a liberal -- and one at the political center of the Democratic House caucus -- conservatives can give Deutch some credit for his work on foreign policy. Deutch is an unapologetic supporter of Israel and enemy of Iran. During his time in the Florida Senate, Deutch called for ensuring Florida pension funds weren’t being invested in companies helping Iran’s quest to become a nuclear power. Deutch continues to support Israel and go after Iran on the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa.

Still, that’s not to say Deutch is a conservative, by any means. Deutch has even introduced a constitutional amendment which will raise conservatives’ eyebrows. The Florida congressman proposed an “amendment to the Constitution of the United States to expressly exclude for-profit corporations from the rights given to natural persons by the Constitution of the United States, prohibit corporate spending in all elections, and affirm the authority of Congress and the states to regulate corporations and to regulate and set limits on all election contributions and expenditures,” a sharp contrast to the traditional take of the First and 14th Amendments.

Deutch won’t exactly be on the top of Republican target lists any time soon, though. His district is very solidly Democratic and he has proven to be a strong fundraiser, bringing in more than $2 million in 2010 and more than $1.25 million in 2012. Deutch has already raised more than $722,000 for this election and had almost $587,750 on hand at the end of March.

It looks like Deutch might not need it. Liberal Mike Trout is back for a rematch from 2012. Trout got 13 percent against Deutch in the 2012 general election when he ran as an independent but he’ll have a hard time doing that again since he’s write-in candidate this time out. Former federal Labor Department employee Emmanuel Morel is trying to challenge Deutch in the primary. But Morel had a pathetic $225 in the bank at the end of March.

On the Republican side, HR expert Henry Colon is back. After failing miserably to win a Florida House seat in 2010 and a Florida Senate seat in 2012, Colon appears to be faring no better now that he’s running for Congress. Colon sent off Tweets on Wednesday to prominent Republicans and conservatives like Mitt Romney and Rush Limbaugh begging for help so he can pay the fee to get on the ballot.

With this kind of opposition, Deutch can feel secure as he runs again. Turning 48 next week, Deutch is set to be a player in Florida politics for the long haul.

Tallahassee-based political writer Jeff Henderson wrote this analysis exclusively for Sunshine State News.

Comments (3)

Progressive Independent Candidate Mike Trout
11:19AM MAY 2ND 2014
By the way, Jeff -- what a lazy and cynical approach to reporting a campaign story. You glamorize fundraising, and glaze over the ideas. Ideas and debate should be the hallmarks of a campaign, yet you make no effort to report on the initiatives of ANY of Ted's challengers. Interestingly enough, I am proud to say that I had the second highest independent congressional vote in Florida, with nearly 40,000 votes in the 2012 cycle. As you so gushingly note, Ted spent countless hours fundraising (while earning a generous full time salary to represent his constituents) to the tune of 1,250,000 (or $7.81 per vote), while i raised and spent approximately $1,200, frugally allocating nearly every penny in a direct campaign to the people (since members of the lamestream press, like yourself fail to adequately report on campaigns), at a cost just over .03 per vote. It's not about the money, it's about the ideas. That's what voters are really interested in, and you just DON'T get it. Readers, just Google DumpDEUTCH to find my campaign website, and feel free to contact me by email, twitter, and facebook pages to talk about what's really important to you. I'm curious how big of an ad buy this virtual fish wrapper got or will get for your little hatchet job. That's really what it's all about to you, I'm sure.
Progressive Independent Candidate Mike Trout
10:27AM MAY 2ND 2014
Really? I pledge to give Ted a run for his money, and I pledge NOT to seek career status in the Congress. A Single Adequate Term is enough for any member of the House, and all other offices, for that matter.
5:10PM MAY 1ST 2014
I can't see why 'Teddy" is so "comfortable".....He voted AGAINST the repeal of "Obamacare". AND voted "NO" to defund the NSA Spy Program. I'm not voting for him,..Why should you? Three terms is more than enough for this failed attorney; it's time to "pull him off the government mammary" and give someone else a chance to be a "statesman" (Lord knows, we NEED 'statesmen'.

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