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A Fla Democratic fixture voted out of party leadership



glasser.pngSomehow we missed this news the other day but Diane Glasser, a fixture in the Florida Democratic party for more than two decades, lost a bid to be re-elected as a Democratic state committeewoman from Broward. As a leader in Florida's largest local Democratic party, Glasser, 84, has long had outsized influence in the party, and it's hard to imagine one of the state party's many junkets for local activists without Glasser present.

The Sun-Sentinel reports that Glasser initially planned not to seek another term, but then changed her mind:“I’m proud of what I’ve done in the last 35 years. I can move on. I can move on. I just thought at this particular time it was time for me to step aside. But maybe it isn’t. Maybe it isn’t. Perhaps we need to put a few people in the corner with a dunce cap on and maybe we’ll survive,” she said after she decided to seek re-election.

Maggie Davidson, president of the Democratic Women's Club of Northeast Broward, is the new state committeewoman.

It's been a tough few months for Glasser, who recently testified against fellow Tamarac City Commissioner Patte Atkins-Grad, who was acquitted of public corruption charges. The trial revealed that developers paid Glasser $15,000 - never reported - to manage Atkins-Grad's campaign.

[Last modified: Friday, December 14, 2012 11:43am]


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