Florida Democrats today in a meeting which served to temporarily polarize an already fractured party selected Allison Tant to be the next chair of the party. Congratulations to Ms. Tant and I am confident she will be a SIGNIFICANT improvement on the last three chairs all of whom have had great opportunities to excel but ultimately failed.
Tant, unlike the previous three chairs is not a former elected official potentially seeking another office and has actually raised money as an outsider for political campaigns. She has also played a leading role in the formulation of a progressive infrastructure outside the FDP to take on Rick Scott and GOP legislature. Her priority will be the party’s well-being not personal self promotion, and for that we must all be thankful.
It is important that all Florida Democrats unite behind Ms. Tant as she seeks to bring us together. We have plenty of other issues as a party that need to be solved in the coming weeks and months, but we now have a leader and we should all work to get behind her.
Alan Clendenin, now FDP Vice Chair brought several issues of importance to the forefront in this race. My personal support for him brought me into contact with many people I previously did not know: some like me have been disaffected with the party’s drift towards insider politics and co-habitation with the Republicans. Others were simply malcontents looking to settle personal political scores. Either way, both groups must now united behind Ms. Tant immediately or risk us losing yet another off-year statewide election.
Again, congratulations to Allison Tant! She earned this job the hard way and the campaign I have no doubt has sharpened her understand of our party and her resolve to do the right thing.