State Sen. Jeff Clemens, D-Atlantis, says his Democratic Senate primary challenger, state Rep. Irving Slosberg, should resign his House seat because Slosberg moved out of that district to run against Clemens.
Slosberg says he’s not resigning and called Clemens a “crybaby” for raising the issue.
Slosberg represents state House District 91 and until last week was registered to vote at a Boca Raton address in that district. But Slosberg’s Boca Raton residence is not in Senate District 31, where Slosberg filed in June to run against Clemens. Retired labor investigator Emmanuel Morel is also running in the District 31 Democratic Senate primary.
Slosberg changed his voter registration on July 25 to a Boynton Beach address that’s in Senate District 31. But the new residence is also in state House District 89 — leaving District 91 without a representative who lives in the district.
“I’m sure it was a tough decision to abandon the people who voted him into office,” Clemens said in a campaign press release today. “I’m sure Irv factored in how upset voters in House District 91 would be, since his move has left them without a legal State Representative. I haven’t seen Irv’s resignation letter yet, but I’m sure it’s coming soon.”
Slosberg said he is still representing District 91 constituents even though his residence is now outside the district. He scoffed at the idea of resigning.
“I’m doing exactly what I should be doing to run (for Senate). Remember, he (Clemens) told me I should move into the district. So that’s what I did,” Slosberg said this afternoon.
If Slosberg were to resign, Republican Gov. Rick Scott could call for a special election to fill the House District 91 vacancy or, more realistically, allow the seat to remain vacant until the November election.
Slosberg’s daughter, Emily Slosberg, and former state Rep. Kelly Skidmore are running in the Democratic primary to replace Irving Slosberg; the primary winner will face only a write-in candidate in November.
“Irv needs to decide whether he wants to be a lawmaker or a lawbreaker,” Clemens said.