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How neutral are FL's uncommitted superdelegates?



The question popped into our  heads when he heard the Broward Democratic Chairman and uncommitted superdelegate Mitch Ceasar's son, David, did some advance work for Hillary Clinton in Wisconsin. Ceasar assured us it has no bearing on his own preference and that the Clinton campaign reached out to his son, who had done advance for John Kerry too. "I've always encouraged my children to be independent thinkers," said Ceasar. "Is there any parent out there who could ever remember their children listening to them?"

Still, suspicious minds could find plenty of fodder to speculate about where the leanings of these uncommitteds are. Jon Ausman and Janee Murphy have both donated to Obama, for instance. Karen Thurman owes her job largely to Bill Nelson, a Clinton supporter (and Obama has repeatedly snubbed FL's primary voters); Ron Klein's district is Hillary country, but Clinton gave his campaign only $2,500, compared to $11,000 from Obama; Obama won the Congressional district of Kathy Castor, who received $1,000 each from Clinton and Obama, but she and her mother owe a lot to the pro-Hillary Emily's List. Does anyone doubt Terrie Brady will follow the lead of the teacher union bosses?

In the end, though, we suspect these FL wannabe/not quite so super superdelegates will do whatever they think is best for Florida Democrats. The other uncommitted superdelegates include U.S. Reps. Allen Boyd and Tim Mahoney; DNC Treasurer Andy Tobias; Dianne Glasser; Rudy Parker.

Clinton backers: Sen. Nelson; Kendrick Meek , Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Alcee Hastings; Corrine Brown; Raul Martinez; Chuck Mohlke.

Obama backers: Robert Wexler; Joyce Cusack; Allan Katz

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:11pm]


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