Wed Aug 8, 2012, 02:53 PM
Orlandodem (1,035 posts)
FLDem Party Leaves Candidates High and Dry
I am going to continue linking posts from this blog until the FL Dem Party starts running like a Democratic Party rather than an arm of the RPOF. One political talking head once said that the FL Dem Party is probably the worst Democratic organization in the US. The more I read the more I agree. The first step to correcting this and making the FDP the force it should be for Dems in FL, is to admit there is a problem. The guys at The Political Hurricane "get it." Rod Smith and many Dems in the legislature do not!!!!
If you arenít inside you are outside goes the famous saying. In the case of Democratic legislative candidates this is a situation that is clear every single day. With limitless opportunities to grow in this state thanks to significant demographic changes and a more favorable apportionment of legislative seats, the Florida Democratic Party (FDP) seems committed to a facade of action when in reality they are creating more bitter feelings than ever.
Floridaís Democratic Party has failed to provide fundraising lists, campaign help or even at times returning calls in a timely fashion about buying the excellent voters file (The VAN) that has thankfully been developed over the past several years should be provided free of cost to any Democratic candidate as it is many other states.
Consider this: Many self recruited Democratic House candidates who are running in truly marginal seats (marginal by any definition except that of the FDP who takes the path of least resistance to targeting) are struggling to raise money without proper fundraising lists and are struggling against a barrage of GOP money. The best way these Democrats can communicate or even raise money is through direct voter contact, which is dependent on accurate voter data. Now the party can rely on self recruited candidates to occupy incumbent Republicans in marginal seats but they arenít seeing it this way. Basic fundraising contact lists and voter information should be made available to any Democrat running for state legislature free of cost by the party.
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