Labor splitting between rivals for Fla Dem chair
When was the last time Florida Democrats had a truly tough race for chairman of the state party? We can't remember anything in at least 15 years as competitive as the contest between Hillsborough state committeeman Alan Clendenin and Leon state committeewoman Allison Tant.
The latest sign of division comes with conflicting endorsements for top Florida labor representatives. Florida AFL-CIO President Mike Williams, a voting member of the state executive committee, is endorsing Clendenin, while Florida Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is endorsing Tant:
SEIU Florida State Council President Monica Russo: “Allison’s dedication to grassroots advocacy for the disabled, public education, and quality health care are aligned with the values of 55,000 active and retired members of SEIU in Florida. In addition, she brings a vitality and tenaciousness to campaigning and fundraising that will be required in order to win real gains for Floridians both legislatively and electorally."
Mike Williams: “I am proud to support Alan Clendenin to be the next Chair of the Florida Democratic Party. Like myself, Alan has been a union member and dedicated labor activist and he understands the needs and struggles of Florida’s working families. Alan has espoused the best values ofFlorida’s workers through concrete action. His proven record shows that he understands the power of emboldening a strong grassroots base of activists and the strength of making campaigns about people and values, not just campaign money. He is the perfect candidate to meet the needs of Florida Democrats. As we turn to the 2014 elections that will decide the direction for Florida’s future, we need someone like Alan as party chair. Someone that can make sure that the party speaks clearly to the values we hold dear while being successful at the ballot box.”