It was a passionate speech in front of a ballroom of young Democrats in Boynton Beach.

“We have a habit here in Florida of running guys who are really nice and there are others in this race that are really nice…nice guy time is over.”

Those words came from Pamela Michele Keith, a career foreign service officer, who is campaigning for Florida’s open U.S. senate seat. Keith, a Democrat who lives in North Palm Beach, is the guest speaker at Monday night’s Palm Aire/Cypress Bend Democratic Club meeting.

“I am very deeply a patriot,” Keith says in a video, posted on the website The video captures Keith’s message to a Young Democrats Conference. “And to me we need to reclaim that concept because to me you cannot be a patriot if you do not love Americans. And I do. All of them. Even the ones who I disagree.”

Keith brings a record of military service into the senate campaign, serving as a judge advocate for the U.S. Navy. She is expected to contend with U.S. Congressman Patrick Murphy (FL-18), of Jupiter, for the Democratic Party nod. The seat is currently held by Republican Marco Rubio, who has announced intentions to campaign for the U.S. Presidency.

Keith’s speech to the Palm Aire/Cypress Bend Dems is slated to start at 7 p.m. at the Herb Skolnick Community Center, 800 SW 36 Avenue in Pompano Beach.

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