For years, the Florida Democratic Party has told the local DECs that they cannot take sides in local primaries where Democrat is pitted against Democrat. But apparently, when it comes to the Florida Democratic Party, they are allowed to bend the rules
In a secretly obtained video on the “fladems” YouTube account (which has not been made public), the Florida Democratic Party clearly promotes four Florida House candidates that have Democratic primary opponents.
These candidates are Aaron Bosshardt from Gainesville, Joe Saunders from Orlando, Jose Rodriguez from Miami and Mary Louise Ambrose from Belleaire Bluffs.
All of their Democratic opponents had an adequate or decent fundraising quarter, yet the FDP feels that they need to take sides in these races. Andrew Morey, against Bosshardt, raised $13,096 last quarter. Saunder’s opponent, Shayan Elahi, raised $25,875. Rodriguez’s opponent, Alex Dominguez, raised $6,675. Finally, Joanne “Cookie” Kennedy, Ambrose’s opponent, raised $15,978. While maybe not “gang buster” numbers, they have shown that they can play the game as well.
This is another case in which the Florida Democratic Party continues to spread its hypocrisy. Telling DECs that they can’t endorse or show favoritism, as a party, in primaries. Yet on the other hand, the state party showing that they can show favoritism in these races is just sickening.
With the commercial, there are one of two things going on with the Florida Democratic Party. Either Rod Smith doesn’t have control of his party and the FDP staff is doing whatever they want. Or, Rod Smith is knowingly supporting candidates with primary opponents and just doesn’t care.
At this hour, the Florida Democratic Party is holding their Jefferson-Jackson dinner. Along with a pro-school voucher speaker at the dinner as well as not targeting districts that Democrats could win, this new commercial just adds to the pile of “stink” that the FDP pulls on nearly a daily basis.
The party truly needs to change, and Rod Smith has not provided any leadership whatsoever. In fact, when I talk to people in the party, they ask me “what has he done”. In addition to that, others tell them that Rod Smith hasn’t done anything.
While some people might say that the discussion about changing the leadership of the party might divide the party during the election (which I was told personally by a DEC chair of county that we featured recently on this site), we really need to decide what kind of party we want. Right now, this isn’t the party we want.
(On a personal note, I do support Joe Saunders’ candidacy. Even with that support, I strongly oppose this “siding” in primary contests)