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2143572 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2013-09-24 03:10:25.0 UTC 2013-09-23T23:10:25.000-04:00 true house-democrats-say-finance-director-fired-by-tant-may-deserve-a-2nd-chance published 2013-09-24 03:12:08.0 UTC 2013-09-23T23:12:08.000-04:00 After voting to oust Rep. Darryl Rouson as Minority Leader-designate, House Democrats discussed another casualty of his short-lived tenure. They want to know more about why Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Allison Tant fired their finance director, Jeff Ryan. They stopped short of demanding he get his job back but made it clear that current Minority Leader Perry Thurston should ask questions and raise the issue. The loud "aye" vote confirming that directive could be heard on the first floor where the media was assembled even though House Democrats were meeting behind closed doors on the second floor. The Times/Herald didn't learn the subject of this second, less contentious vote until later. Tant fired Ryan and Chris Mitchell, who served as the political director for the House Democrats, earlier this month after discovering they helped Rouson create a special fundraising committee without her knowledge. The existence of the secret committee caused Rouson to lose support and, ultimately, his designation as future Minority Leader. the-buzz-florida-politics legislature, elections, darryl-rouson, allison-tant House Democrats say finance director fired by Tant may deserve a 2nd chance false templatedata/tampabaytimes/BlogArticle/data/the-buzz-florida-politics/2013/09/23/1379992328-house-democrats-say-finance-director-fired-by-tant-may-deserve-a BlogArticle After voting to oust Rep. Darryl Rouson as Minority Leader-designate, House Democrats discussed another casualty of his short-lived tenure.legislature, elections, darryl-rouson, allison-tantlegislature, elections, darryl-rouson, allison-tant 2283392 2016-06-28 14:54:26.0 UTC 2 Months Ago twitter-photo-with-darryl-rouson-irks-kathy-castor the-buzz-florida-politics Twitter photo with Darryl Rouson irks Kathy Castor BlogArticle 2291249 2016-08-27 21:52:06.0 UTC 2 Days Ago alan-grayson-endorses-darryl-rouson-in-tight-senate-race the-buzz-florida-politics Alan Grayson endorses Darryl Rouson in tight senate race BlogArticle 2288160 2016-08-04 16:21:10.0 UTC 3 Weeks Ago florida-democratic-party-hires-news-political-director the-buzz-florida-politics Florida Democratic Party hires news political director BlogArticle <p>After <a href="http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/breaking-rouson-voted-out-as-incoming-house-democratic-leader/2143540" target="_blank">voting to oust Rep. <strong>Darryl Rouson</strong>&nbsp;as Minority Leader-designate</a>, House Democrats discussed another casualty of his short-lived tenure.</p> <p>They want to know more about why&nbsp;Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman&nbsp;<strong>Allison Tant</strong><a href="http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/democrats-purge-two-after-discovery-of-rousons-fundraising-committee/2140328" target="_blank">&nbsp;fired their finance director, <strong>Jeff Ryan</strong></a>. They stopped short of demanding he get his job back but made it clear that current Minority Leader <strong>Perry Thurston</strong> should ask questions and raise the issue.</p> <p>The loud &quot;aye&quot; vote confirming that directive could be heard on the first floor where the media was assembled even though House Democrats were meeting behind closed doors on the second floor. The <em>Times/Herald</em> didn't learn the subject of this second, less contentious vote until later.</p> <p>Tant fired Ryan and <strong>Chris Mitchell</strong>, who served as the political director for the House Democrats, earlier this month after discovering they helped Rouson create a special fundraising committee without her knowledge.</p> <p>The existence of the secret committee caused Rouson to lose support and, ultimately, his designation as future Minority Leader.</p>falseruntime2016-08-30 05:48:07