Carmen Torres, DNC Member Endorses Alan Clendenin

Tampa, FL – Carmen Torres, Hispanic community leader, volunteer, member of the Executive Board of the Democratic National Committee, DNC, Vice Chair of the DNC Southern Caucus, and Florida Elector for President Barack Obama Endorses Alan Clendenin to lead the Florida Democratic Party.

“Alan has a vision for the future of our party and has the character and the experience of how to get us there. (He) is one of us and he gets it!” –Carmen Torres

“Carmen embodies every quality we look for in community and our party. Her character, charisma and an innate political sense enables her to deliver an inclusive message that resonates with women, Hispanics and every voters; the Democratic Party is on our side. I am proud to call Carmen a friend and I am grateful for the overwhelming support I have received from our diverse Hispanic community.” –Alan Clendenin

“Alan is a known quantity and has established his commitment to the Democratic Party for many years. He has worked at the grassroots level for many years… Alan is pro-labor, pro-woman, pro-diversity period! He has demonstrated this year after year and as recently as this past year when he poured his heart into the work of the Platform Committee.” – Carmen Torres

Letter from Carmen Torres is below:

My Fellow Democrats and Floridians,

Not too long ago when we were in the heat of a Presidential re-election campaign and every vote was in play I felt something was amiss with respect to the politics of Florida and the influence of the self-determination of Puerto Rico. Everyone acknowledged that, as it was in 2008 and as it turned out in 2012, that the President needed the Hispanic vote to win the state of Florida. But it is not the obvious that’s important here it was my concern that we were losing focus of what was at stake.

We now are in the throes of a race for FDP Chair and I fear we have deviated from the message again. My friends we are the Democratic Party not the Republican Party. We believe in diversity and inclusiveness. We are about fairness and equality. This is about the values of our party and who can best lead.

Yes we need money to win elections, but trust me if you really want to win – do the job right and the money will come!

As a Latina, past presidential Elector, member of the DNC, and Vice Chair of the DNC Southern Caucus today I write to you to let you know that I am supporting Alan Clendenin for Chair of the FDP and to ask you for your support too.

Alan is a known quantity and has established his commitment to the Democratic Party for many years. He has worked at the grassroots level for many years and has been very effective.

Alan is pro-labor, pro-woman, pro-diversity period! He has demonstrated this year after year and as recently as this past year when he poured his heart into the work of the Platform Committee.

As my president says there is no doubt in my mind that Alan Clendenin will work hard every day to build this party from the middle out. We all know that trickle down doesn’t work.

Alan has listened and continues to listen to Democrats across this state.

Alan cares about where this party has been and how far we can go.

Alan has taken the time to put together a plan that will redirect and help us move forward.

Alan has a vision for the future of our party and has the character and the experience of how to get us there.

Alan is one of us and he gets it!

My friends as you know all politics is local and this one may very well be the most important election you get to vote on.  Let’s make it count!

Carmen Torres
Democratic Hispanic Caucus of Florida
Democratic National Committee

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