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'Republicans Pick Off Bill Nelson'

December 7, 2016 - 1:15pm

That's how the headlines will read in 2018 if Sen. Bill Nelson doesn't stop playing around in the Florida Democratic Party chair race.

The grassroots people don't want Stephen Bittel as the chair. Plain and simple.

The only people who want this man are the consultants who kept their pockets lined by Allison Tant, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and Scott Arceneaux. Oh, and those who want to keep the status quo.

The status quo of losing.

Stephen Bittel has never stepped one foot in a DEC meeting. He has no clue of how the party actually works.
 
Let's be honest, he has no clue about how to raise money either, the excuse that some say is the reason they want him as chair.

What he does know how to do -- and this is what makes people like Bill Nelson all warm and tingly -- is how to SPEND money.

This is what he and his group of friends have threatened NOT to do if he is denied the party chair.

And he won't donate to the party anymore.

Well, when Rick Scott is occupying Florida's second Senate seat, I wonder if Stephen Bittel's money is going to do a whole hell of a lot for Nelson then.

What happened to Hillary Clinton should be a lesson to Bill Nelson.

It should be a lesson to all Democrats in Florida.

The people are sick and tired of the backroom deals.

The hypocrisy of condemning Donald Trump for appointing millionaires and billionaires, and then turning around and rigging the system to put Bittel in place is laughable, to say the least.

The only way what happened with Allison Tant being force-fed to the Democratic Party by Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Bill Nelson in 2013, can happen again in the form of Stephen Bittel is if we allow it.

We don't have to allow it.

This is our party. 

Contrary to what the Stephen Bittels of this state think, the vote is more important than the dollar.

If Bill Nelson doesn't want that headline to become reality, he needs to reevaluate his priorities.

Does he answer to his constituents, or does he dance to Stephen Bittel?

How about it, Sen. Nelson? Do you want to remain Sen. Nelson, or do you want to be former Sen. Nelson?

The choice is yours.

Leslie Wimes is founder and president of Women on the Move and the Democratic African American Women Caucus, www.daawc.com. Follow Leslie on Twitter: @womenonthemove1.

Comments

As I read the article, I was hopeful the true Dem Party -- that of the principles of JFK, was ready to take their party back from the elite and establishment. Then I read the comments and sadly, it appears that is not the case. Victimhood, handouts, not understanding who really benefits from progressive programs (only the elite) still seems to be the loudest voice of the day. Sad.

Bill Nelson is probably the only safe bet for reelection in this state. Comparing him to HRC is like comparing Mother Theresa to Taylor Swift...classic.

"Zippy the "ride along rocketeer" is already "done" anyway ! He was told aways up in space: "Senator Zippy, enjoy the ride BUT don't touch any buttons or switches !!!!" (And YOU /whoever "you" may be/ think "Zippy" is fit to pick the Democratic Party Chair???...Think again.) My only hope is that Trump prohibits "timed-out" politicians from becoming "Lobbiests" for a minimum of five years ("Zippy" has done nothing in the Senate, and I don't see him doing anything of value for a lobbying group either; but "Zippy" thinks he will make 5 million $ per annum for doing the SAME "nothing" he did in the Senate for seventeen years ..) [And can you imagine this: "Zippy" does nothing but regale "no-nothings" with "his tales of space travel" so they might "push a button" to vote for him (++THEY ARE ALLOWED TO PUSH BUTTONS !). As "Bugs Bunny" would say of "Zippy": "WHAT A MAROON !!!"

I trust the democrat party and all of its apparatchiks will stay their course; keep doing what has served the party so well.

She's got it exactly right. And the young, left of center Bernie Sanders backers need to find genuine progressives to contest both Bill Nelson and Rick Scott or whichever teapublican runs. Bernie Sanders will be approximately one hundred and thirty seven years old in 2020, progressives need younger leadership and maybe a new party. Status quo candidates will not get my vote anytime there's a progressive alternative.

Who does Leslie want for FDP Chair?

Leslie - this time you got it wrong. With Trump, we learned what happens when we listen to you.

Nope! Actually, Leslie was 100% right, and she is right again here! I've shared this article! Keep speaking up for us Leslie!! Bill Nelson should stay in his lane!!

Nope! Actually, Leslie has it wrong, and she's wrong again here! But then, most already know this about her! Bill Nelson is a has been and needs to retire!

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