Fla. Dems plan for big expansion
Florida Democrats are preparing to tap into Barack Obama's grass roots machine to build the biggest political operation ever seen from the state party. Normally at this early stage of an election cycle, the chronically cash-strapped Florida Democratic Party is shedding jobs and struggling to keep the lights on. Not this year. State party leaders expect soon to hire dozens of professional organizers to harness and assist Obama's vast army of volunteers.
"This is the first time in modern history that Florida Democrats will be aggressively organizing so early," said Leonard Joseph, executive director of the Florida Democratic Party, who expects as many as 40 full-time field organizers to fan across the state by late spring. "At a period of time when the Republicans are constricting, we will be expanding our grass roots efforts in all parts of the state."