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Fla Dems hold convention in Tampa - and it was sorta sad

Florida Democratic party activists converged in Tampa Saturday to elect delegates to the national convention in Charlotte, N.C. Sept. 2. Three hundred delegates and 23 alternates. It was the first time the party held such caucuses, having chosen to cast Florida's January primary as officially meaningless, rather the violate the national Democatic party's sanctioned primary calendar. Four years ago, they bucked the rules (and tried unsuccessfully to blame the GOP-controlled legislature) only to have the Democratic presidential candidates boycott Florida's presidential primary.

Given the state of the party in Florida these days, it's probably unavoidable that even when they try to hold an upbeat event, it can come off as a downbeat reminder that the party represents yesterday far more than today in Florida. With few statewide political stars in office today, the party Saturday night honored mostly former political bright lights: Former Gov. and Sen. Bob Graham of Miami Lakes, former Education Commissioner Betty Castor of Tampa, and Hillsborough County Commissioner and former state Sen. Les Miller of Tampa.

As a side note, Betty Castor is one terrific and appealing speaker.

[Last modified: Saturday, June 2, 2012 8:10pm]


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