By Anthony Man
August 14, 2012
Kristin Jacobs, who lost the 22nd Congressional District primary on Tuesday, said she’s committed to helping victor Lois Frankel win the seat in November.
“I’m really proud of all the people that stood beside me. All of labor. All of the community. People who gave their time on the phones and making signs and working so hard for me. And I’m really proud of that effort. We look forward to getting a Democrat elected to Congress and helping Lois get there and re-electing President [Barack] Obama,” she said in a telephone interview.
Asked if she plans to run again for Congress, she laughed. “We make plans and God laughs,” Jacobs said.
She said she believes two factors – entering the race late, in February, and exceedingly low primary turnout – contributed to her loss.
“It was an unfortunate intersection of timing and turnout. Very low turnout in this election. We thought that it would be very low. But it was surprising how low the turnout was today.”
The 22nd Congressional District takes in Broward and Palm Beach counties.
Adam Hasner, who had no primary contest, is the Republican candidate in November.
Just spoke with Frankel, who heaped praise on Jacobs, fired warning shot at Hasner.
“I ran against a very accomplished, terrific public leader in Kristin Jacobs. It was never about me being against her.
“We both believe in the same things. This to me, from day one, has been about getting people back to work, protecting Medicare and Social Security, protecting women’s health choices.
“I’m very grateful for the support I got.”
She expects an intense campaign against Hasner.
“It’s a big fight ahead, but I think it’s exciting because the voters are going to have a very clear choice in this election. Adam Hasner and I are going to have very different visions of what we need to do to get this country back on track.
“He, early on, over a year ago, embraced the Ryan budget, which I believe is wrong for this country and we will be talking a lot about.”