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He endorsed Florida's Jared Moskowitz for Congress in 2022. Now he's challenging him for reelection.

Anthony Man, South Florida Sun-Sentinel on

Published in Political News

Robert Weinroth was a Democratic county commissioner until a Republican defeated him in 2022. Now, he’s repudiated his old party, registered as a Republican, and is running for Congress “to stop the radical Democrats.”

His target: U.S. Rep. Jared Moskowitz, a Democrat serving his first term representing a Broward-Palm Beach county district — the very same Moskowitz who Weinroth endorsed in the last election.

Weinroth isn’t alone. Six Republicans say they’re running for their party’s nomination to take on Moskowitz; six months ago there were no challengers. And the roster is in flux. In recent days, one more candidate entered the race and one dropped out.

Three — Steven Chess, Joe Kaufman and Carla Spalding — have experience in congressional races. Among them, they’ve run — and lost — nine campaigns for Congress.

“I believe Jared Moskowitz is beatable,” Kaufman said via text message.

Weinroth called it an “opportunity” in a phone interview. “It’s going to be a very heavy lift.”

 

Real prospects?

If anything, “heavy lift” might be understating the challenge.

Kevin Wagner, a political scientist at Florida Atlantic University, said the 23rd Congressional District is “very challenging for a Republican to win. Not impossible. Nothing’s impossible. But challenging.”

Moskowitz’s chances at reelection are seen as so high that the contest doesn’t even make the lists of races to watch from the independent, nonpartisan analysts at Inside Elections and Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics. Both have other Florida congressional districts on lists of districts that could switch parties, but not the 23rd.

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