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      Allison Tant

      Two Words: Dysfunction Junction

      Allison Tant is the Chairwoman of the Florida Democratic Party, installed by Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the Florida Democratic establishment.

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      Darryl Rouson

      Doesn't get along with Allison Tant

      Darryl Rouson is the former incoming House Democratic Leader and largest non-voluntary donor to the Florida Democratic Party.

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      Allie Braswell

      Bankruptcy Braswell for CFO?

      Allie Braswell is the only statewide candidate endorsed by the Florida Democratic Party in the 2014 election cycle.

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    What Are They Saying About Us?

    Top Twelve Quotes About The Florida Democratic Party

    “Way To Go, Florida Democratic Party, You’ve Allowed The Republican Party Of Florida To Mock You For Appearing To Mistreat One Of Your Own.” – Marc Caputo, Miami Herald

    “the Florida Democratic Party tends to go out of its way to make dumb, needless foot-in-mouth decisions, exposing regularly why their return to power in Tallahassee is out of the realm of possibilities.” – West Orlando News

    “Dems Hardly Look Like A Fine-Tuned Machine Poised For A Big Comeback In 2014.” – Adam Smith, Tampa Bay Times

    “Welcome To The Party That Never Stops … Being Dysfunctional: The Florida Democratic Party.” – Scott Maxwell, Orlando Sentinel

    “Why Is The FDP Not Concerned About Issues …? This Is A Party That Has Failed To Articulate A Positive Policy Agenda For Florida …” – Kartik Krishnaiyer, The Florida Squeeze

    “Braswell’s Candidacy Is Another Sign Of The Florida Democratic Party’s Structural Problems. It Struggles To Field Big-Name Candidates Of Its Own … The FDP Has No Bench.” – Marc Caputo, Miami Herald

    “The Florida Democratic Party … Looks Utterly Unprepared For The 2014 Elections.” – Mitch Perry, The Daily Loaf

    “I’ve Never Seen A Worse Candidate Roll Out In My Life.” – Kevin Cate, Twitter

    “‘The Democrats had a poor fundraising quarter, they had just rolled out a CFO candidate that they didn’t vet,” Rouson said. ‘Why would you put your money in a failing bank.’” – Michael Van Sickler, Miami Herald

    “Florida’s Democrats Have Simply Been The Party Of ‘No’ The Last Decade … Not Giving Floridians A Real Agenda …” – Kartik Krishnaiyer, The Florida Squeeze

    “What Most Gets In The Party’s Way Is The Inability To Be Effective, ” – James Rosica, Tampa Tribune

    ‘It’s A Public Relations Black Eye As Far As People Pay Attention To These Stories.’ ‘What’s Really Most Important Is The Perception That They Won’t Be Competitive In A Lot Of Races,’ Especially The Governor And Cabinet.” – UCF Political Science Professor Aubrey Jewett

    But Wait…There’s More…

    • “Way To Go, Florida Democratic Party, You’ve Allowed The Republican Party Of Florida To Mock You For Appearing To Mistreat One Of Your Own.” – Marc Caputo, Miami Herald

    • “The FDP is the Washington Generals of state political parties … [T]his has less to do with the FDP and more to do with the DNC clearing the way for a Charlie Crist or Bill Nelson campaign. Many progressive activists are bothered by Rich not being given 5 minutes to speak. It wouldn’t have killed the powers that be to at least pretend the nomination was still in play and give Rich a speaking slot. Realistically, she wouldn’t have a chance against Nelson or Crist. It is not like speaking at the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner would be a game changer.” (Michael Hussey, “Blowback From Nan Rich Not Speaking,”- Michael Hussey, Pushing Rope

    • “Predictably, and on a consistent basis, the Florida Democratic Party tends to go out of its way to make dumb, needless foot-in-mouth decisions, exposing regularly why their return to power in Tallahassee is out of the realm of possibilities.” – West Orlando News

    • “Instead of taking the big-tent approach, it has chosen the road to humiliation, giving the Florida GOP yet another opportunity to show them as a party of bumbling idiots who deserve their minority status, and reasons why they should remain so.”- West Orlando News

    • “The Florida Democratic Party denied Nan Rich, the only Democrat who’s jumped into the race, a speaking slot at its annual Jefferson-Jackson fundraising dinner later this month.” – Stephanie Mencimer, Mother Jones

    • “She could have used the platform at the dinner to help boost her visibility. Instead, the state Democratic party decided it’s more important to hear from the mayor of San Antonio, Texas.”- Stephanie Mencimer, Mother Jones

    • “[F]reezing out a perfectly qualified candidate … smacks of opportunism. It’s the kind of opportunism where you toss your principles out the window and throw your support behind somebody with a Velcroed-on Democrat label just because he has a name everybody’s heard of.”- Chan Lowe, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

    • “I Thought Democrats Are Trying To Add People To The Caucus, Not Remove Them; I Thought That Was Our Mission … This May Be A Solution In Search Of A Problem.” – Dem. Rep. Jared Moskowtiz

    • “[A]n Orwellian/small tent party proposal by Florida House Democrats enabling the sanctioning of members who stray from official caucus positions.” – Adam Smith, Tampa Bay Times

    • ”Each Individual Has To Be Given The Ability To Represent His Or Her Constituents … I Think That The Democratic Party Is Really Shooting Itself In The Foot.” – Former Dem. Rep. John Patrick Julien

    • “Dems Hardly Look Like A Fine-Tuned Machine Poised For A Big Comeback In 2014.” -Adam Smith, Tampa Bay Times

    • ‘The party hierarchy is looking for a messiah to come in and win Florida. It doesn’t make any sense for me that the Democratic Party is waiting for Charlie Crist. I remember Chain Gang Charlie, ‘He’s a charmer, but that’s not what I want in a governor. I want somebody who’s right on the issues, and has been there since the beginning. Not somebody who is a wily weather vane. His big trick is spinning in the wind.’” – Randy Fleisher

    • “What They Don’t Have Is A Candidate. Actually, That’s Not True. They Have One; A Respected Former State Senator. They Just Don’t Like Her. So They Shunned Her At Their Big Convention Last Weekend So They Could Court A Guy Who Might Be Their Candidate … A Guy Who Spent Most Of His Career Touting The Virtues Of Being A ‘Reagan Republican.’” Scott Maxwell, Orlando Sentinel

    • “Welcome To The Party That Never Stops … Being Dysfunctional: The Florida Democratic Party.” – Scott Maxwell, Orlando Sentinel

    • “Allow Me To Provide A Reality Check: The ‘Anybody-But-Rick’ Game Plan Is A Loser … They Must Give Their Own Party – And The Moderates And Independents Who Always Decide These Races – Something To Cheer About. And ‘Our Guy Isn’t Their Guy’ Simply Doesn’t Do It.” –Scott Maxwell, Orlando Sentinel

    • “Why Is The FDP Not Concerned About Issues …? This Is A Party That Has Failed To Articulate A Positive Policy Agenda For Florida …”-Kartik Krishnaiyer, The Florida Squeeze

    • “With many Democrats desperate for any kind of success on the state level ready to accept Crist with open arms, they may not ask the questions that need to be asked of him.” –Kartik Krishnaiyer, The Florida Squeeze

    • “Newly Minted Democratic Candidate For CFO Has Filed Bankruptcy Three Times.”- Matt Dixon, Florida Times-Union

    • “It’s Tough To Run For A Finance-Related Job When Your Finances Were A Mess At One Point.”- Marc Caputo, Miami Herald

    • “Braswell’s Candidacy Is Another Sign Of The Florida Democratic Party’s Structural Problems. It Struggles To Field Big-Name Candidates Of Its Own … The FDP Has No Bench.”- Marc Caputo, Miami Herald

    • Allison Tant Is So Desperate She’s Laying Out The Red Carpet For Former Republicans Crist And Braswell. “Right now its best hope … used to be a Republican: Gov. Charlie Crist, who might run for his old job as a Democrat. In that one respect, Crist has a similarity with Braswell, who also used to be a Republican.”- Marc Caputo, Miami Herald

    • “Well That Didn’t Take Long … His Abrupt Exit Is Yet Another Setback For The Florida Democratic Party As It Struggles To Become More Competitive With Republicans In The State.”- Steve Bousquet, Tampa Bay Times

    • “The Move Spells A Setback For The Florida Democratic Party, Which From The Outset Put Chairwoman Allison Tant Out Front On Braswell’s Candidacy.”- Matt Dixon, Florida Times-Union

    • “The Florida Democratic Party … Looks Utterly Unprepared For The 2014 Elections.”- Mitch Perry, The Daily Loaf

    • “I’ve Never Seen A Worse Candidate Roll Out In My Life.”- Kevin Cate, Twitter

    • “While Charlie Crist is playing progressive today, his record as we have repeatedly pointed out is one of a partisan who did what he had to do to get ahead. Perhaps he now thinks the Democratic Party and its ideology is the way to go but for a man who so depends on likability and public adulation, can Florida’s Democrats actually trust him to stand for the principles the party holds dear?”- Kartik Krishnaiyer, The Florida Squeeze

    • ”Since the Democrats have been so unwilling to adopt hard and fast policy positions in this state Crist would have no standard to be held against and potentially could do a Willkie on the party especially considering the rest of Tallahassee if he were elected Governor is almost certain to be controlled by Republicans.” – Kartik Krishnaiyer, The Florida Squeeze

    • “Is The Florida Democratic Party, A, In Disarray, Or B, Badly In Disarray? … Is The Party Having A Lot Of Trouble? A Lot Of Democrats Think So.” - Carson Cooper, WUSF’s Florida Matters

    • “This does not appear to be a well-oiled political machine.” – Adam Smith, Tampa Bay Times

    • “However what happened next reflects the immaturity and pettiness of many in the Florida Democratic Party and was far from the Chairwoman’s finest moments … Ryan’s sacking smacks of an overreaction by Chairwoman Tant and her allies. Mitchell’s firing looks like the settling of a petty political grudge.”- Kartik Krishnaiyer, The Florida Squeeze

    • “By handling it this way, Tant has allowed the petty grudges that have torn the party apart to grow even deeper … It’s a lose-lose for a party that continues to do nothing but lose on the state level.” – Kartik Krishnaiyer, The Florida Squeeze

    • “Looking down ballot, Democrats haven’t impressed with their efforts to recruit candidates for state Cabinet offices. No major Democrats have filed for attorney general, CFO and agriculture commissioner besides Braswell, who turned out to be a disaster for Tant. While the election is still 14 months away, Tant hasn’t impressed so far on that front… “[S]o far, Tant’s leadership hasn’t impressed and Florida Democrats can be excused if they miss Rod Smith.“- Jeff Henderson, Sunshine State News

    • “‘The Democrats had a poor fundraising quarter, they had just rolled out a CFO candidate that they didn’t vet,” Rouson said. ‘Why would you put your money in a failing bank.’”- Michael Van Sickler, Miami Herald

    • “[M]any Know How Badly The Party Has Performed In The Biggest Races. My Feeling About This Is Simple. While Many Factors Have Contributed To The Democrats Repeated Failures In This State, The Biggest Factor Is When One Party Advocates Something And The Other Advocates Almost Nothing, The Party That Advocates Something Will Usually Win …” - Kartik Krishnaiyer, The Florida Squeeze

    • “For Too Long The Democrats Have Offered Nothing In Opposition To The Republicans Something …” – Kartik Krishnaiyer, The Florida Squeeze

    • “The Republican Vision And Ideology Was At Least Consistent And Easy To Explain To Voters While Democrats Have Consistently Denied Florida Voters The Choices That Are Demanded Of [A] Democratic Republic, Which Florida Is Part Of.” - Kartik Krishnaiyer, The Florida Squeeze

    • “Thanks To The Incompetence [Of] Democrats And The Fear Many Democratic Elected Officials Have For Standing Tall On Important Issues.” - Kartik Krishnaiyer, The Florida Squeeze

    • “Florida’s Democrats Have Simply Been The Party Of ‘No’ The Last Decade … Not Giving Floridians A Real Agenda …” - Kartik Krishnaiyer, The Florida Squeeze

    • “Florida’s Democrats Use Every Excuse Under The Sun For Not Competing In Elections … A Laundry List Of Complaints That The Whiny Democrats Have Formulated To Justify Continued Ineptitude And Unwillingness To Really Compete On A Large Scale Statewide.” - Kartik Krishnaiyer, The Florida Squeeze

    • “[I]n The 2000s, The State Party Has Amassed The Single Worst Record Of Any Political Party East Of The Mississippi River For State Office …” – Kartik Krishnaiyer, The Florida Squeeze

    • “[T]he State Arm Of [Alex Sink's] Own Party Is So Impotent And Goofy, She’d Have To Wear An ‘I’m With Stupid’ T-Shirt At Any Gathering Of Two Or More Florida Democrats.” – Andy Marlette, Pensacola News-Journal

    • ”‘What Most Gets In The Party’s Way Is The Inability To Be Effective,’ – James Rosica, Tampa Tribune

    • “After His New Party’s Recent Political Woes, Charlie Crist’s Biggest Problem As Would-Be Democratic Candidate For Governor May Not Be That He Switched But That The Party He Switched To May Be Of No Help.” – James Rosica, Tampa Tribune

    • ‘It’s A Public Relations Black Eye As Far As People Pay Attention To These Stories.’ ‘What’s Really Most Important Is The Perception That They Won’t Be Competitive In A Lot Of Races,’ Especially The Governor And Cabinet.” – UCF Political Science Professor Aubrey Jewett