Listen: Lauren Bear, Florida, Congress discussed on Two Broads Talking Politics
"I'm on in this segment with Lauren bear, who is the democratic nominee for congress in the Florida eighteenth district. Hi Lauren. Hi, how are you? Great. Thanks so much for joining me. My pleasure. So we start with just some background a little bit about who you are in an wire running for congress this year. Sure. So I am someone who was raised right here in for an eighteen the district that I'm running in Moyer by training, starting my career doing things like taking the fight to get money out politics, all the way up to the supreme court. And I'm also a one Tulsi expert. I spent six years as an official in the Obama administration and State Department. I was a senior advisor to both of his secretaries of state and the US ambassador to the United Nations. I'm also something never in a million years thought that I was going to run for office. I was Mary much someone of the world of policy, not not. Politics and they are two very, very different spaces by the everything changed for me. I in twenty sixteen it changed because I gave birth to a baby girl. Two weeks before Donald Trump was elected president. And all of a sudden found myself thinking very, very deeply about my responsibility to create the kind of I wanted my daughter to live in. And it changed for me because my mom in one of seventy four thousand people in our district who's to lose her health care when our current Representative Brian has voted to repeal the audible. And so you know, I always wondered what I would do at a time when I really felt our values our institutions in our country under threat. And the end of the day, it was pretty simple. I'm gonna get in the arena and I was gonna fight and it was going to do it for my mother and my daughter, but also every other mother father, son, daughter in our district has the stakes too high this year. This one on the sideline. I love that. You know, I think we've heard a lot of stories this year of people running, especially women running because of their mothers. That seems to be something that's really inspiring. A lot of people. Can you tell us a little bit about the Florida eighteenth district and sort of where exactly in Florida is this church? Florida eighteen is a wonderful district. It starts actually just north of more log who the northern half of Palm Beach county and what we in Florida here referred to the treasure coast which is Morton county and Saint Louis county. So it's wretches all the way from what Palm Beach up to four puce in the northern and from Stewart on the east, all the way over to Indian town on the west. And it looks like it's kind of swinging district here. The current incumbents only been in for one term. This is one of the swing swing district in the country are strict about forty percent. Democrats, forty percent Republican twenty per se. Sent independent and this district has pain pond back and forth between Republican and democratic control over the years. So Barack Obama won here in two thousand eight into twelve. Mitt Romney narrow leaked out a victory, but that senior we elected a democratic congressman that congressman was re elected by a very wide margin in twenty fourteen and in twenty sixteen that congressman Patrick Murphy decided to run against Marco Rubio for Senate, and he left the house seat and was won by the current incumbent of public Bryant masks. So this is one. That's really it's ripe for the picking for us this year. We know that we can win here when we mobilize our democratic base. And when we persuade independent on speaking of persuading independence, you were endorsed by the Palm Beach post recently, but seems like the kind of thing independence might look at and use ahead a debate just a couple of days ago. I think what sort of. Was the the tenor in results that debate, you think. When I look at the issues that are most critical to the people in our community right now, they're really two major crises that we are dealing with. We are dealing with an environmental crisis in terms of having red tide on east coast, toxic blue-green algae on the lake Okeechobee.."