Andrew Gillum whose impressive resume over the past decade as a leading Democrat in our state speaks for itself has chosen to announce his support for Allison Tant today here on TPH. We are proud Andrew choose TPH to release his recommendation. Andrew’s letter to Florida Democrats is below.
Dear Florida Democrats:
I enthusiastically support Allison Tant for Florida Democratic Party Chair. While many have touted Allison’s fundraising prowess as her greatest strength – a distinction she earned raising over $300k for President Obama – her belief in grassroots organizing and the power of people make her the right woman for the job.
I first got to know Allison in early 2007 when she was an enthusiastic volunteer for then-Senator Barack Obama’s anti-establishment campaign to become the Democratic nominee for President. Back then Obama’s chances of becoming our nominee were bleak to say the least.
Still, Allison was there to volunteer for any and every job; from helping organize walk-lists for door-to-door canvassing to staging organizing efforts from her living room. She worked to organize Women for Obama and helped transform everyday citizens into campaign volunteers. While her fundraising skills were evident from the very beginning – her passion, energy and willingness to engage at the grassroots is even more inspiring.
Here in Tallahassee, Allison has earned the reputation of being a hard-charging, committed and unwavering Democrat eager to usher the Party into a new renaissance of people-centered power. I can personally attest to her support for the need to build a strong bench of Democratic candidates to compete for public office – a crucial area where we need to improve as a party.
The Florida Democratic Party could not have a greater advocate for building a rapid response machine capable of responding to the Governor and the legislature on their inevitable efforts to enact Karl Rove’s legislative agenda.
With Allison at the helm, the FDP will not only have the right ideas to move our party into the next election cycle with the infrastructure and vision necessary to compete, but also the resources needed to bring these changes we all know are needed.
There are some who feel that Allison’s support from party leaders including DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Shultz and Senator Bill Nelson means she won’t be able to bring change to our party. This argument is flawed. Chairwoman Wasserman Schultz has helped lead our national party forward, and achieve historic wins nationwide and here in Florida. Throughout this past election cycle, even as polls showed the President trailing Romney in Florida, Chairwoman Wasserman Schultz fought to keep our state a top priority and helping us pick up seats up and down the ballot. Her support is a testament to her belief that Allison will be able to achieve the same success for the Florida Democratic Party
Allison is one of the strongest, most driven and independent women I know. The Allison I know will not be beholden to the party elite; she will be a fiercely independent and committed leader. With Allison Tant as our chair, I am confident we will have the leadership we need to put Democrats back in power.
I am asking for your help to move our party forward. I am asking your help to unify our party. I am asking for your support for my good friend, Allison Tant.
Yours In Service,