Rep. Kevin Rader (D-Delray Beach) showed off some muscle when he met with The Palm Beach Post Editorial Board on Thursday to answer questions about his campaign for state Senate District 29.
When The Post’s board asked Rader why he thought State Rep. Irving Slosberg (D-Boca Raton) switched campaigns at the last minute, Rader said, “He was scared to run against me.”
And then he flexed his muscle.
“The only thing I can attribute that to is the strength and muscle of Kevin Rader scared Irv Slosberg out of the seat,” Rader said, lifting up his arm.
Here’s some background: Slosberg, who is now running for state Senate District 31, first opened a campaign against Rader in state Senate District 29 but switched at the last minute. Now Slosberg is running against State Sen. Jeff Clemens (D-Atlantis) and Emmanuel Morel, and Rader is running against Mindy Koch.
“That is such a stupid quote,” Slosberg said over the phone.
And it’s false, he added.
“My office is in District 31 and I probably represent more of District 31 than I do of 29. That’s the bottom line. I’ve been in my office there for six years. We’ve had like thousands of constituents come up.”
“When I looked at District 29, I’ve never been with people in the Glades. I’ve never represented people in Wellington. I’ve never represented the community in Coconut Creek, Wynmoor. I never represented Parkland. I never represented Coral Springs. At the end of the day, most of 29, I’ve never represented those people,” he said for why he made the last-minute decision to swap races.