U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, hopes to draw attention to America’s longest-held hostage while Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, will highlight workplace sexual harassment when President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address tonight.
With each House member getting one guest ticket for the speech, Deutch invited Christine Levinson, the wife of Bob Levinson, a Deutch constituent from Coral Springs who has been missing in Iran for nearly 11 years.
Frankel’s guest is Laura Germino, co-founder of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, active in fighting sexual harassment and advocating for higher wages for farm workers.
“Laura’s tireless efforts to provide workers with a safe, dignified workplace is an example that all industries – from farms, to hotels, to Hollywood – can follow,” said Frankel. “Our nation is in the middle of a cultural revolution, where workers are demanding respectful workplaces that are free of sexual harassment. I’m bringing Laura and her success story to Washington to echo that call.”
U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Delray Beach, in engaging in a different kind of State of the Union symbolism. Hastings, a frequent Trump critic who skipped last year’s inauguration, is not attending tonight’s speech. He gave his guest ticket to Florida House delegation co-chair Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat Key.
Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, planned to give his ticket to his wife. She was unable to attend, however, and Mast’s office did not know Monday how the guest pass would be used.