Mayoral Race splits Democrats
The matter serves as a reminder of why Tom Slade was such a successful state GOP chairman in the 1990s. When a similar controversy erupted among Pinellas Republicans in 1997, he put it in perspective: "I couldn't give two hoots in hell about these kinds of issues," he said. "Quite frankly, they don't affect the outcome of elections at all."
The spat also raises an intriguing question: If Harris and Welch are booted out of the local Democratic Executive Committee would that amount to a punishment or reward?