Father-son for Clinton, wife-husband for Sanders, represent South Florida at Democratic National Convention

For some South Florida delegates, the Democratic National Convention is a family affair. For others, it’s a marriage of convenience.

From Broward, the delegates in Philadelphia include Mike Moskowitz, a Parkland lawyer, former state committeeman for the county and major party fundraiser. Also on the roster is his son Jared, a state representative from Coral Springs.

Father and son are both longtime Hillary Clinton supporters voting Tuesday to make her their party’s presidential nominee.

From Palm Beach County, Diana Hatsis and her husband, Rick Neuhoff, are delegates. The west Boynton Beach couple are casting their nominating votes for Bernie Sanders, who lost to Clinton.

South Florida Clinton, Sanders delegates say they're united to defeat Donald Trump

South Florida Clinton, Sanders delegates say they’re united to defeat Donald Trump

Even before they gather for four days of unifying speeches, receptions and video presentations, South Florida’s most prominent supporters of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are singing the political version of “Kumbaya.”

Regardless of which presidential candidate was their first love, the region’s…

Even before they gather for four days of unifying speeches, receptions and video presentations, South Florida’s most prominent supporters of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are singing the political version of “Kumbaya.”

Regardless of which presidential candidate was their first love, the region’s…

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Why not? “Because I’m a 35-year-old grown man who works 65-hour weeks and I deserve my own room. And I’m paying for it. The time for my Dad and I sharing a room is long past,” he said.

His father thought rooming together during convention week would be ideal. “I’d love to,” he said. “I’d say it’s a great idea.”

That wouldn’t have afforded the Moskowitzes much sleep. “We have very animated conversations. We disagree every day,” Mike Moskowitz said. ” Obviously we agree on the fundamentals of the Democratic Party and Democratic politics, but when it comes to certain particular issues or certain particular candidates … he and I have very loud conversations.”

Democratic National Convention opens without Wasserman Schultz

Democratic National Convention opens without Wasserman Schultz

After a tumultuous two days, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Weston sought Monday to refocus the political spotlight on Hillary Clinton — and away from herself — by relinquishing Democratic National Convention gavel.

Her move came on the second day she was at the center of a hurricane-force…

After a tumultuous two days, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Weston sought Monday to refocus the political spotlight on Hillary Clinton — and away from herself — by relinquishing Democratic National Convention gavel.

Her move came on the second day she was at the center of a hurricane-force…

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It’s Jared Moskowitz’s second time as a delegate. Mike Moskowitz is at his fifth convention. Both have spent their lives in politics. At age 8, Mike Moskowitz passed out brochures for John F. Kennedy on his corner in Brooklyn. He brought Jared Moskowitz to a state Democratic Party convention at age 6.

Hatsis and Neuhoff are active in the party’s liberal wing. They’re Democratic committeeman and committeewoman for their West Boynton neighborhood.

Hatsis and Neuhoff , both committed to Sanders and his ideas, are unified — this time. In 2008, she supported Clinton and he supported Barack Obama.

Delegates Ken Evans, of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, and Mitchell Stollberg-Appleyard, of Oakland Park, aren’t related but are sharing a hotel room in Philadelphia.

By doing so, they’re an example of Democratic unity. Evans, who is Broward’s state committeeman, is a Clinton delegate. Stollberg-Appleyard is a Sanders delegate. But they said that political difference isn’t a problem.

“We both respect each other. It’s not like we’re going to be calling names,” Stollberg-Appleyard said. “I probably get in more heated conversations with Bernie delegates than I do with Hillary delegates.”

Both said the turmoil surrounding U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Weston, outgoing chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, didn’t cause any late-night disputes.

Evans said he had one condition. “I told him no Bernie signs in the room. That was my only ground rule.”

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Article source: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/parkland/fl-democratic-convention-family-affair-20160726-story.html

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