Susannah Randolph the founder and Executive Director of Florida Watch Action has accused FDP Chair Candidate Alan Clendenin of stonewalling a platform item related to marriage equality. Susannah Randolph has contacted us and has said she never claimed that Mr. Clendenin was against gay marriage.
Randolph posted this in a Facebook group:
” I’m sorry but Clendenin REFUSED to allow Marriage Equality to be introduced as even a motion to include it in the FDP’s platform when he was CHAIR of the Platform Committee. In the same year btw that the DNC adopted marriage equality into its platform and in the same year that our President endorsed it as well.
Tantrum has been a funder of the progressive infrastructure yet I have NEVER seen Clendenin at an Awake the State or Pink Slip Rick event EVER. EVER.” Susannah Lindberg Randolph
In the body:
· All people should be treated equally and fairly, in all levels of government and society, by fighting discrimination based on race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, and family status.
· We are against any law or amendment that seeks to violate equal protection under the law.
In the summary:
The Florida Democratic Party has brought together the major aspects of our beliefs and values in this Platform. We believe that everyone should have a fair and equal opportunity in a future that, with hard work, will bring them closer to the American dream. The Florida Democratic Party continues to champion efforts to strengthen our economy, improve our public schools, expand affordable access to medical care, honor our eldest citizens, and lead the way to guarantee all people their civil rights.
Clendenin went on to point out that at the time of this debate the White House and DNC were still working on the President’s position. He is correct in this as the President did not establish his position until spring of this year.
Clendenin continues:“It was an election year and our President’s re-election was the critical to our party. The official GLBT Caucus of the DNC was VERY involved in the President’s position. I am a member of that caucus and was an active participant in the discussion. It is unfortunate that Ms. Randolph has never SEEN me at one of the events. I have been to both. Not only did I attend Awake the State, I volunteered and distributed Pink Slip Rick flyers to the crowd.”
In a related development supporters of Tant have created an anonymous blog to attack Clendenin. It has been my policy as a communications specialist and press officer not to respond or link to blogs/twitter feeds who do not clearly identify their affiliations. This is my practice everyday at my day job and in the media appearances I make regularly each week in my professional life. Thus we will not link to this page until the person(s) responsible identifies themselves. At that point we would love to enter into a dialogue to discuss the chair’s race and work to build a better Democratic Party that turns around the nearly two decade losing streak we have suffered on the state level.