Trump’s playbook is being used in our race

Take a look at this recent Palm Beach Post article about Michael’s campaign for State House. While Michael’s opponent has resorted to negative tactics straight from Trump’s playbook, Michael has focused on the issues that are important to our District. That’s why over 300 District 81 residents have endorsed his campaign.

Michael is the only Democratic candidate running who lives in the District and he understands the issues important to our community.

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Democrat Michael Weinstein for State House

Democratic primary for House District 81 testy with claim of tactics ‘out of Trump’s playbook’

By Wendy Rhodes
Palm Beach Post

In an already contentious Democratic primary, Kelly Skidmore and Michael Weinstein will face off Aug. 18 for the chance to represent Florida House District 81.

Weinstein called Skidmore a “career politician” citing her history of running for office in several different districts and the fact that she does not presently reside in District 81.

Michael Weinstein, 47, was born in Georgia and has lived in Florida for 40 years. He is a former assistant state attorney who now works as a criminal defense lawyer in private practice in Delray Beach, where he resides.

He is the son of former state senator and Broward County Chief Judge Peter Weinstein. His brother, Andrew Weinstein, served on the Holocaust Council and the President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities under President Barack Obama.

But it is his mother, who dedicated her life to helping children and those less fortunate, of whom Weinstein said he is most proud.

“My mother found her niche in the world to save her own little piece of it,” he said of her 30 years with Family Central.

As the son and husband of strong, independent women, Weinstein said, he was particularly dismayed at his Skidmore’s mailer that implied he would be a poor advocate for women because he has defended men accused of domestic violence.

“I think that my opponent has gone directly in the gutter to run her campaign,” he said of the mailers. “I was a prosecutor for five years, and I put people in jail for committing crimes against women. Currently, as a lawyer, I represent victims of domestic violence in restraining order cases.”

“I’m the only lifelong Democrat in the race. So this piece is straight out of Donald Trump’s playbook.”

Weinstein said he is committed to open dialogue between law enforcement and community leaders. He does not support defunding police, and, as a legislator, said he would encourage Citizen Review Boards and de-escalation training for officers.

Weinstein said he wants to ensure that, when the state makes the fiscal cuts necessary to get the economy back on track, social services remain intact. But even more immediately, he said, he would work to replace the state’s broken unemployment system.

“When I began thinking about running for office in January, I decided to file an unemployment application just to see how the system worked,” he said.

It took days of calls and emails just to get a passcode to enter the system, he said. And that was two months before the pandemic hit the state.

“That is unacceptable,” he said. “You shouldn’t have to wait three to four days to get a response back if you’re trying to put food on the table.”

No fan of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ unwillingness to resolve the massive unemployment debacle that has left countless Floridians without benefits, Weinstein said he is also opposed the governor’s statewide reopening plan.

Individual school boards, not the governor, should have the power to make the final decisions about protocol and openings in their areas, he said.

“I am fighting for my own daughter’s life,” he said of his nine-year-old who attends public school. “I’d rather listen to health experts. We need to make sure this pandemic is under control — and I’m talking as a parent, not just a potential legislator.”

Weinstein has been endorsed by the Professional Firefighters/Paramedics of Palm Beach County, Inc. IAFF Local 2928.

District 81 includes the western portion of Boca Raton, west and north through Pahokee, Belle Glade and South Bay.

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