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SoFlaJet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-25-07 12:21 PM
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Challenge Robert Wexler? HA!!!!....bring it on baby
we here in Palm Beach County know how to take a joke and we have a saying for those that can't....Note to Ben Graber; save your friggin money

Wexler cocaine comment may haunt him
By The Hill Staff
April 24, 2007
Shocking news out of Florida! Nearly nine months after Rep. Robert Wexler (D) said that cocaine and prostitutes are fun things to do, someone wants to take the lawmakers job. Imagine that!

No one in the political world has forgotten Wexlers comments to Comedy Centrals Stephen Colbert last summer, especially Democrat Ben Graber, who announced last week he is challenging the sixth-term incumbent in the 2008 primary.

Graber, an OB/GYN doctor who has held political offices in Florida, told Under the Dome yesterday that the comments were not themselves the reason why he got into the race. But will he be using the Wexler-Colbert interview as political ammo on the campaign trail? Oh, yeah.

Graber, who is apparently not the kind of guy to let a gag go unpunished, suggested Wexler may not have been joking when, egged on by Colbert, he looked into the camera and said he enjoys cocaine and prostitutes because its a fun thing to do.

There are many ways to look at it, Graber said. Maybe he was shocked and the truth came out.

Of course, Colbert persuaded Wexler to make the outrageous statements because he was not being contested in the 2006 election, asking the lawmaker to say a few things that would really lose the election for you if you were contested.
Colbert then asked him to complete this sentence: I enjoy cocaine because ... and history was made.

Now for the record, Wexler later admitted he shouldnt have said those things and has been more careful when appearing on Colbert after that entertaining July episode. House Caucus Committee Chairman Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) is wary of his colleagues going on The Colbert Report and if Wexler loses, its likely that the fake-TV news personality will have trouble booking members of Congress.

Incumbents regularly beat under-funded primary challengers, but the bad news for Wexler is that Graber is no slouch. He wants to raise at least $1 million and is putting in $100,000 of his own cash to jumpstart his campaign. The former state legislator boasts of previously beating two incumbents in the Sunshine State.

There are some who believe that Wexlers jab at comedy helped him politically. Not so, Graber said.
Maybe that appeals to the Howard Stern crowd, he said, but overall, the interview hurt Wexler politically. Added Graber, It fits into a pattern of behavior of shoot-from-the-hip, rash judgment.

Graber says he will soon unveil a Top 10 list of blunders by Wexler. No word yet on whether the Colbert-Wexler exchange will show up in a Graber campaign ad.

Wexler, who perhaps feels he has done enough talking for now, did not comment to Under the Dome yesterday.




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SteppingRazor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-25-07 12:27 PM
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1. Kinda weird that this has gotten so much play today...
is it just the Hill article?

The Sun-Sentinel reported this days ago.

In any case, you're right. Graber's screwed. Especially given that he almost changed parties to run against Ron Klein in district 20 before deciding to run against Wexler in the primary in 19. Primary voters are, of course, more activist and party-loyal than typical voters. They don't like would-be turncoats.
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Marnieworld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-25-07 01:54 PM
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2. Wow. Yet another politician who is hoping that voters are idiots
Usually they are Repubs though.

Um, it was a joke on a comedy show. Anyone watching it would know that. I have no fear for Wexler's seat. :eyes:
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