As Republicans gather in our largest media market for three days of uninterrupted national attention (after Isaac pushes north), how will Florida’s Democrats formulate a positive message that counters the GOP noise machine? Will Florida’s Democrats demonstrate that our state, ruled completely by the GOP since 1998 is a clear example why the Republicans cannot be trusted with the levers of power?
Florida’s Democrats need to be out front much as Progress Florida and other progressive groups plan to be this upcoming week. The goal should be to demonstrate why Florida’s working families are best represented by the Democrats. Divisive social issues such as abortion, guns and gay rights should be avoided this week and the focus needs to be on health care, insurance, schools and economics.. While many Florida Democrats decry class warfare as “envy” and even “socialism” an attempt has to be made to demonstrate why Florida as a conservative economic laboratory that has failed is a clear example why Republicans cannot be trusted to govern at a national level.
Our state has been the place where ALEC, and other right wing think tanks or advocacy groups have experimented with conservative ideas, using a complicit legislature full of Republican sheep to implement this agenda. Florida’s Democrats need to point out the damage the Republican agenda has done here at home, including in the location of the convention- Hillsborough County.
National voters need to know what has happened here in Florida. They need to be educated on the continued destruction our Republican leadership has done to the state and to those outside of the top 1% of earners. We trust that Rod Smith and FDP staff have formulated an effective messaging strategy for this week and suggest this be the largest part of the plan.