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Karen Thurman ousts Democratic Chair



Days after he called for her resignation, Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Karen Thurman is dumping Miami-Dade Democratic Party Chairman B.J. Chiszar. Thurman's spokesman, Eric Jotkoff, said the timing is incidental and the complaints against Chiszar have been mounting for months. He has been in the post for about one year.

"He has engaged in activities that injured the name and status of the Florida Democratic Party,'' Jotkoff said. "Not only has he not been able to hold a single meeting with a quorum but repeatedly done things like try to sell access to our voter file to state House candidates and repeatedly been rude and overbearing toward the staff and to elected officials ... We have huge election coming up in 2010 and we need a successful Democratic Party down there."

Beth Reinhard

Thurnan is replacing Chiszar with  Richard Lydecker, a Miami attorney who is little known among Democratic activists but apparently has ties to Sen. Bill Nelson, former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz and Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink.

Here's the letter from Thurman to Chiszar: Download Letters of Removal for Miami-Dade DEC Chair B J Chiszar

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 1:05pm]


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