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Jon Ausman about to be booted from Fla Democratic party leadership

Jon Ausman, one of the most high profile and controversial Democratic activists in Florida, is poised to be booted off the state executive committee. A party disciplinary committee on Saturday voted five to one to recommend Ausman's removal, party spokesman Eric Jotkoff jonausman.jpgconfirmed. He said panel members saw a "pattern of unethical behavior" by Ausman, including last year endorsing Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Greene while Greene was paying him, and meddling in local Democratic primaries.

Ausman, a DNC member who knows the party's arcane rules as well as anyone, has been a regular thorn in the side of assorted state party chairs, over several decades. But he also helped resolve the state party's delegate mess before the last Democratic convention in 2008.

State Chairman Rod Smith will consider the recommendation this week. Members of the disciplinary committee included Rhett Bullard, Bret Berlin, Julie Conley, Willie Neal, Sally Phillips, and Bill Dolly. Berlin cast the dissenting vote.

Here's the complaint against Ausman, which includes - seriously - a plea for Jimmy Carter to monitor a Leon County Democratic Executive Committee election:


[Last modified: Friday, May 27, 2011 4:41pm]


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