Democratic power broker Murray Kalish, 1918-2015

Murray Kalish, founder of the United South County Democratic Club, at one of the club's meetings in 2012. (J. Gwendolynne Berry/The Palm Beach Post)

Murray Kalish, founder of the United South County Democratic Club, at one of the club’s meetings in 2012. (J. Gwendolynne Berry/The Palm Beach Post)

Murray Kalish helped former Democratic U.S. Reps. Robert Wexler and Ron Klein, former Palm Beach County Commissioner Burt Aaronson and several other Democrats launch their political careers.

 

The retired garment manufacturer, whose endorsement on a palm card was coveted by south-county Democratic politicians for decades, died Friday of natural causes in west Delray Beach. He was 97.

 

“Old power brokers never die,” said longtime Delray Beach political operative Andre Fladell, who worked with Kalish on bringing a courthouse to Delray Beach and the South County Civic Center to Jog Road. “The new power brokers simply take credit for the things that the old guys did.”

 

Read more about Kalish and what Wexler, Klein and others had to say about him by clicking here.

 

 

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