Andrea Leigh McGee, a native daughter of South Florida, spoke to the Broward Log Cabin Republicans Monday evening, insisting she was the right candidate to unseat U.S. Congresswoman Lois Frankel.

“We can take Broward County back for small business, individual freedom and small government,” McGee said.

McGee cited a report showing Frankel, a Democrat, is the 14th least effective member of Congress, adding “she’s been in Palm Beach County politics longer than I have been alive.”

Frankel, 67, represents House District 22 in Washington, D.C. The district map, McGee said, is expected to change and encompass more of Broward County and less of Palm Beach County, where Frankel is strong, serving as Mayor of West Palm Beach from 2003 to 2011.

“She is going to have to introduce herself to a whole slew of new people,” McGee said.

Sandy Steen, past president of Broward Log Cabin Republicans and former Wilton Manors Mayor, said it is time for Frankel to step aside.

“She (Frankel) doesn’t do a bloody thing in Washington,” said Steen, who hosted Monday night’s meeting. “Lois Frankel has never presented anything to Congress.”

McGee, 32, has worked in the film and television industry in Los Angeles and the commercial real estate sector in Washington, D.C. As a millennial she is part of a new generation of Republicans that are comfortable speaking to LGBT groups such as Log Cabin Republicans.

“I’ve spoken against the Tea Party about it (LGBT issues),” McGee told SFGN after her speech Monday night.

Born in Fort Lauderdale, McGee graduated from Cardinal Gibbons High School and earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami.

Meanwhile, in Central Florida, the Florida Democratic Party held its annual convention last weekend at Disney's Yacht Club Resort. One of the featured speakers was Carlos Guillermo Smith, who energized attendees with a passionate bilingual speech demanding equal access to healthcare and employment for the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory.

"We Democrats stand for equality," Guillermo Smith said. "We need to stand united with our Boricua brothers and sisters in demanding equality in healthcare funding for Puerto Rico. We need to demand equal work for equal pay. We must demand full equality with anti-discrimination protections for the LGBT community. We must pass the Equal Rights Amendment, and we must understand the intersection between social and economic justice and that we will never truly be equal until every person has the opportunity to earn a fair living wage and have access to fair benefits."

Guillermo Smith is campaigning for House Seat 49 in Orlando. A social justice advocate for the civil rights organization Equality Florida, Guillermo Smith is coming to Fort Lauderdale on Thursday, Nov. 5, for a fundraiser hosted by Scott Bennett. For more information, visit CarlosGuillermoSmith.com.


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