Fort Lauderdale-based conservative blogger Javier Manjarres says he’s exploring a run for the Democrat-leaning seat of U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton.
Manjarres is well-connected in the conservative world — the announcement of his exploration on his Shark Tank website was accompanied by testimonials from Republican Florida U.S. Reps. Ron DeSantis, Matt Gaetz and Mario Diaz-Balart. But Deutch’s Palm Beach-Broward District 22 voted 57 percent for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in 2016.
“It was clear that after the historic 2016 elections, Americans rejected the agenda and policies of the outgoing Obama Administration that they believe were threatening the American way of life,” Manjarres said in a statement on his website.
“Even with Republicans in control of congress, it is of the utmost importance that Republicans continue to win the public’s trust and reform all aspects of the federal government. It is time for all pouting members of the U.S. House of Representatives, who have been comporting themselves like petulant obstructionist children, put the American people first before political ideology or party, and remember that they are 1 of 435 individuals tasked to serve all Americans, regardless of the race, color, sexual persuasions, or political party affiliation.”
District 22 includes Boca Raton and Highland Beach in Palm Beach County coastal Broward County from Fort Lauderdale north.