Saturday’s FDP Chair’s Election was the closest in decades. Allison Tant’s narrow victory over Alan Clendenin came after a spirited campaign where both candidates brought forward ideas to move a party that has been performing below an acceptable level forward. But as we saw in the campaign, some supporters of both candidates are either acting as sore losers or far from magnanimous victors.
It is time for Democratic activists to move on, accepting the result if you are a Clendenin supporters like myself and accepting the relative closeness of the result means dissatisfaction exists with the party as is if you were a Tant supporter. From this day forward we must all be strong supporters of Allison Tant and her attempts to reform and rebuild the Florida Democratic Party.
I am not going to outline specific examples because a) I would like to see this type of behavior curtailed and b) the examples from the last two days are too numerous to list here. Much like the campaign itself, people who were on both sides of the Chair’s race have been guilty of this behavior.
As progressives we must all band together beginning today to organize a viable and strong effort to defeat Rick Scott and Republicans in the Cabinet and Legislature. That effort should unite us and take the energy that has been harnessed during this chair’s campaign and move us forward together.