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Karen Thurman: Dems even stronger in '08

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December

We've already seen Jim Greer's year-end message to Republicans. Now Karen Thurman takes stock.
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There's no better time than the holidays to just sit back and take it all in. ...

County Democratic parties are building stronger and more powerful infrastructures than ever before. The proof is in the pudding: while the state Party has often assisted, Democrats won more elections in 2007 because of local volunteers, committed to their community.

In traditionally conservative Venice (Sarasota County), Democrats swept three Republicans out of city office in Venice, prompting the chairman of the Republican Club of South Sarasota County to admit, The Democrats are out working us."

In the pivotal I-4 corridor, Republicans turned a nonpartisan Lakeland city race into a partisan challenge. The hard work of local Democrats helped our candidate deliver a commanding, 22-point win over his opponent - a well-financed member of a powerful local Republican family.

These are just two small examples. Democrats are competing and winning across the state, and I could spend all day talking about other big wins led by grassroots Democrats like you.

I'm asking you now to channel your energy toward 2008 by signing up for a simple, new activist program that your Party has developed. Please go to www.fladems.com/createchange08 to learn about it today.

At the state Party, I'm proud to say that the organization is financially solvent and has no outstanding debt (in part, thanks to hundreds of contributors who gave as little as $8 and people who participated in our record-breaking Jefferson Jackson Dinner and State Convention, which raised more than a million dollars).

More than twenty staffers, including regional field directors, are working full-time to elect Democrats in 2008. That's unheard of for Florida Democrats this early in a campaign. The staff and leadership have drafted a coordinated campaign plan that, with the right funding and the support of people like you, will lay the foundation for sustained Democratic victories for years to come.

Buoyed by the efforts of newly elected Democrats like Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, who is cleaning up Bush messes in Tallahassee; U.S. Rep. Ron Klein, just named Rookie (Member of Congress) of the Year by the influential Politico.com; and U.S. Rep Tim Mahoney, whose hard work and strong ethics continue to negate the relentless attacks on him from the Republicans who feel entitled to the Congressional seat they claim that we "borrowed" for one term.

I've got news for them: The Republican culture of corruption didn't begin nor did it end at Mark Foley's computer. Just up the interstate from Mahoney's district, we're pounding the pavement to elect real leaders to replace disgraced Republicans like Rep. Bob Allen and U.S. Rep. Tom Feeney.

The Party approaches the New Year firm and resolute. We won't rest on any laurel or take one victory lap until we elect a Democratic President.

We need you to join us. Commit to createchange'08 right now, and we'll send you the tools to actually do it in the first week of the New Year.

If you've been an active Florida Democrat for the past decade like I have, you were drained by the heartbreaking elections in 1998, 2000, and 2002. After 2004, many thought Florida Democrats were relegated to the darkness for eternity.

Then, toward the end of 2006, the sun started coming up over the horizon.

By November 2008, I'm confident that Florida Democrats will shine.

Wishing you a happy and a healthy holiday season,

Congresswoman Karen L. Thurman
Chair, Florida Democratic Party

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 3:12pm]

    

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