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St. Petersburg gets new democratic club

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January

ST. PETERSBURG-- A former Republican has started his own Democratic club aimed at supporting President Barack Obama's policies.

Alex Haak, a retired politician, said 30 people already have signed up for his Obama Democratic Club. He said the club will financially support candidates in the upcoming city elections.

Haak, a Democrat, was a longtime mayor in Dover, New Jersey.

UPDATE: Local Democrats aren't pleased with Haak's new club.

"Democratic Clubs have to be chartered through the PCDEC and then approved by the State Party. You cannot just start your own Club," wrote Ramsay McLauchlan, chair of the Pinellas Democratic Party, in an e-mail to Haak today. "If you are interested in starting up a club you must first meet with the Pinellas DEC Executive Board."

-Cristina Silva, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:44am]

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