Broward County Young Republicans found ourselves in the middle of two hot congressional races this week. At our March meeting, we hosted two exciting candidates for Congress in races sure to capture the whole country’s attention.
Our special guest and March headliner was Adam Hasner. Mr. Hasner served as the Majority Leader in the Florida House of Representatives and is now a Republican candidate for Congress in District 22. If he wins the GOP nomination as expected, Hasner will vie to replace Allen West in the coastal district of Broward and Palm Beach Counties.
A young conservative firebrand with deep roots in Florida politics and the Jewish community, Hasner has received several high profile endorsements right out of the gate. Fmr. Governor Jeb Bush and Senator Marco Rubio both back Hasner, and Allen West himself has given the candidate the nod. Even a brief conversation with Mr. Hasner makes you acutely aware of two things: he gets it, and he can win.
Also with us was Gineen Bresso, a former general counsel for the Young Republicans National Federation (the organization that charters Broward YR’s). Gineen is a South Floridian with her feet already wet in national politics. Ms. Bresso served as chair of the Election Assistance Commission after appointed by President George W. Bush, and has served as policy advisor and counsel to government at various levels. She has returned to South Florida to face off against Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Gineen reminds voters that District 20 (soon to be 23) has been neglected by Wasserman Schultz, who has focused on her own rise up the national party ladder. The practically unrepresented seat is decidedly left-leaning, but will become slightly more competitive after redistricting. Two years ago, small business owner Karen Harrington gave Wasserman Schultz her first real re-election challenge and made strong inroads among disgruntled Democrats and Independents. This year, Ms. Bresso is the latest of several strong Republicans joining the race to take on the entrenched Democrat.
With the nation’s eyes on Florida in 2012, Broward Young Republicans are honored that the political battleground goes right through our backyard. We welcome a vigorous campaign and look forward to celebrating victories up and down the ballot this November.