Allison Tant Needs New Friends -- and New Candidates

By: Jeff Henderson | Posted: June 25, 2014 3:55 AM
William Rankin, Allison Tant, Thad Hamilton

William Rankin, Allison Tant, Thad Hamilton

Sometimes in politics, your friends hurt you more than your enemies, which seems to be the case with Allison Tant after the new blog “Not Getting Squeezed” made its debut on her behalf.

Once a reader gets past “Not Getting Squeezed” being written at a third-grade level, the blog hurts Tant more than it helps her by its mangling of facts and refusal to recognize some of the simple basics of Florida politics. 

“Allison Tant has, as chair of the party, done remarkable things in a short time. The chairwoman has captured the Obama energy,” the writer of the blog wrote on Monday. “She has also raised money from Obama donors. She was a top Obama fundraiser. Charlie Crist was also a top Obama fundraiser. He was partly responsible for Obama winning in '08 and '12. New blood has come in. The ways of the past are done. New ideas and fresh thinking. Allison Tant has done this.” 

Actually, Crist was angling to be John McCain’s running mate back in 2008 when he was still a Republican -- and a conservative one at that. More to the point, Tant’s “new ideas” and “fresh thinking” really aren’t helping the Florida Democrats despite what “Not Getting Squeezed” says.

“Our state House and state Senate campaigns are strong,” the blog claims, before going on to look at other races. “The party has recruited candidates for all Cabinet races and most Senate races. The party has more ground games than any prior election.”

Democrats did actually have a last-minute flurry of candidates to file for House races but, even so, are likely going to lose seats in November. House members who picked off Republicans in 2012 won’t have Obama’s and Bill Nelson’s coattails to ride in on this time around.

The Senate looks even worse for Democrats. Even in the best-case scenario -- which simply isn’t going to happen -- Democrats will move from holding 14 Senate seats to 17, leaving the GOP in control of the chamber. Mathematically, it's impossible for Democrats to control the Senate this year.

As for Cabinet races, “Not Getting Squeezed” is totally off base. The Democrats didn’t recruit the likes of Thad Hamilton or William Rankin in the race. Both candidates stumbled badly when they ran for office before, and neither has raised much cash. There are plenty of questions about Rankin’s past and current campaign, none of which will help Democrats in the fall.

Loranne Ausley and Scott Maddox may have been too Tallahassee for most of the rest of Florida, but they were at least credible candidates back in 2010, even if they got run over by Jeff Atwater and Adam Putnam.

The same can’t be said of Hamilton or Rankin.

“Not Getting Squeezed” had an inauspicious debut by botching basic facts, murdering the English language and trying to puff up Tant’s rather poor record as party boss. Even if Crist beats Rick Scott, Florida Democrats will need to have a long, hard look at Tant after November. Florida Democrats simply don’t have much going on this year outside of Crist, despite “Not Getting Squeezed” singing Tant’s praises.

Tallahassee political writer Jeff Henderson wrote this analysis exclusively for Sunshine State News

Comments (8)

2:31PM JUN 25TH 2014
Mr. Henderson, legitimate critiquing aside, calling the writing style as 3rd grade is rather high-schoolish yourself, and ignores the possibility it was written by a person not fluent in English. Or are you against immigrants?
C Breeze
12:23PM JUN 25TH 2014
As I said in a previous post:
Allison Tant just can't !
And now, we're compelled to hear the "Tant rants"...
Patricia Lavins
12:09PM JUN 25TH 2014
Allison Tant and the Florida Democrat Party have failed to be of any assistance in the 8th Congressional District. We have had to deal with a Democrat candidate, Corry "Fraudster" Westbrook who in the first act of her campaign deliberately violated Florida law when she fraudulently obtained a Florida Voter Registration Card by ilegally using her parents' Vero Beach address. She was a legal resident of Washington, D. C. at the time. Thus, she is a ripe candidate for both Rick Scott and Bill "Birther" Posey to paint as the poster child for voter fraud. Only two things have prevented the destruction of the Florida Democrat Party: (1) The Division of Elections on May 2nd ruled that she was "not qualified." and (2) There is a far superior candidate in Gabriel Rothblatt. He, however, is running a grassroots campaign and needs the support of the Florida Democrat Party.
2:24PM JUN 25TH 2014
I guess Rothblatt is superior because of that direct line to God who told him to run.
Tom Bryson
8:56AM JUN 25TH 2014
The facts and statistics regarding the performance of Allison Tant and the FDP are generally indisputable. However, there are many that are pleased with the job she and the party leadership are doing. There is no better example than Crist candidacy and his grand debut as a Democrat.

Charlie allowed his political ambition to overrule his political judgment in 2010. Charlie burned his bridges and left himself no path forward save regaining the Governorship as a Democrat. Charlie has no resume as a Democrat and Democrats understand his epiphany is by necessity, rather than a newly acquired concern for the "people". A loss here will end his political career. The FDP knows selling Charlie to the base of the party will be an uphill fight. They doubted Charlie could survive a primary against a real Democrat after his shenanigans in 2014. They thought by promoting Charlie and ignoring Senator Rich they could run the Senator out of the game. It hasn't happened and likely won't. This attempt by the party to choose the nominee is resented and creates problems for Democrats in November.

Why does the party have this foul fish on their table? It is the same old answer, money. The money has done business with Charlie before. Charlie is reliable, tried and true and can be counted on to keep their taxes low and limit regulation. These money interests really don't give one hoot about gay marriage or the right to choose and many other issues that affect people's everyday lives. They care about their bottom line and they know they can rely on Charlie to protect it. Charlie is already a member of the club. If the lobby crowd can get Charlie as the Democratic Nominee then Novembers matters little. They will have their win-win situation. The FDP led by lobbyist Allison Tant is only doing what they're supposed to do, listen to the money. The fix is in.

Office holders and political operatives weather Democrat or Republican know that there is safety in protecting the status quo. I doubt Allison Tant or others in the party leadership are planning to make careers from their current positions.
1:14PM JUN 25TH 2014
Well stated Tom Bryson.
Dan Walsh
8:43AM JUN 25TH 2014
Allison.. push for Family Law Reform and you will get plenty of friends... scribd.com/doc/201496106/Former-Husband-Notifies-The-Department-of-Homeland-Security-of-Florida-Judicial-Corruption and walshie4staterep
Dan Walsh
10:50AM JAN 16TH 2015
Start with helping families.. issuu.com/walshie50/docs/family_law_reform

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