If the Democratic Party is hoping for a “blue wave” that will help it recapture the House of Representatives, it will need to flip at least 23 districts, likely including one in Palm Beach County, Florida.
Florida’s 18th congressional district is filled with bubbies in age-restricted communities, strip malls and synagogues, including the Reform Temple Beit HaYam, Hebrew for “House of the Sea.”
The candidate the party is backing there has an eye-catching resume. Lauren Baer worked as a senior adviser to Secretaries of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and John Kerry and graduated from Harvard College, Yale Law School and the University of Oxford. As she travels the area in search of votes, she’ll do a lot of getting into and out of her car to ring suburban doorbells and tout her local ties — she was born in the county. Plus, she’s young and married with a very cute kid.
But something else altogether could be what puts her over the top: Baer is Jewish, and so is her district.