Mark Freeman seeks coalition to counter ‘women, minorities, young people and people on welfare’

Republican congressional District 18 candidates (from left) Rebecca Negron, Brian Mast, Rick Kozell, Mark Freeman and Carl Domino at a forum in Stuart on Monday.

Republican congressional District 18 candidates (from left) Rebecca Negron, Brian Mast, Rick Kozell, Mark Freeman and Carl Domino at a forum in Stuart on Monday.

STUART  — Republican congressional candidate Mark Freeman says the GOP needs to take a lesson from Donald Trump and assemble a “counter coalition” of angry voters to compete with the Democratic coalition of “women, minorities, young people and people on welfare.”

 

Mark Freeman

Mark Freeman

Freeman is one of six Republicans running for the nationally watched Palm Beach-Treasure Coast District 18 congressional seat. The self-financing physician has already begun airing TV ads in the race to replace Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter, who is running for Senate.

 

“Now we Republicans have a chance in this campaign to bring our hard-working middle class into our party,” Freeman said at a candidate forum Monday. “We know their coalition – women, minorities, young people and people on welfare. Against that we must form a counter-coalition from the anger in our hard-working middle class.”

 

Freeman made a similar call in an April forum in which he also said blacks are being stirred to envy and hatred by President Barack Obama and have been given “free stuff” by the president. (“We know what we’re against, the coalition on the other side — women and minorities, young people, welfare people. We need to form our own coalition, a coalition based on this anger in the middle class,” Freeman said at that forum.)

 

After Monday’s event, Freeman said his coalition remarks are based on Trump’s success.

 

“The Republicans have to construct a counter coalition based on the anger in the middle class. I think that’s what Donald Trump has done. That’s why he won the primary,” Freeman said.

 

Freeman said there’s room for more than just the angry middle class in the counter coalition he’s hoping to build.

 

“That’s what I’m saying: A counter coalition based on the anger in the middle class — and to some extent in the upper middle class,” Freeman said.

 

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