Alan Clendenin, Democratic National Committeeman and Hillsborough County State Committeeman announced today he would seek to lead the Florida Democratic Party.
Clendenin said ” “On the evening of November 6, 2012, Floridians from Escambia to Monroe County celebrated that will be seen as the day Florida political tides shifted from red to blue. November 7, 2012 our focus shifted from Washington to Tallahassee. For the next two years we will be laser focused on Rick Scott’s poor performance as governor”.
Clendenin has long been a friend of this website and has shared many of our critiques about how Democrats can improve our performance at the state and local level in Florida. It’s all good and well that Florida has performed so ably for Federal candidates since 1996 but in that period we’ve seen worrying and unprecedented defeated at the state level and an inability to take advantage of wave elections to fundamentally change the composition of Florida Government. While wave elections tend to create major Democratic gains in similar styled states like Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan, Florida tends to be characterized by continued missed opportunities.
We wish Clendenin best of luck in this race and as the field solidifies we will analyze the race and potentially make an endorsement. But at this early stage of the game we can assure our readers Clendenin would be a marked improvement in terms of vision and revitalizing our grassroots than any of our recent state chairs.
Clendenin has a website where he lays out his thoughts and vision here.