Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Allison Tant names new vice-chairs for Florida Democratic Party

Posted By on Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 1:56 PM

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A month after she defeated Tampa Democrat Alan Clendenin in a bitter battle to become the Florida Democratic Party chair, Allison Tant announced that four new vice-chairs will join Clendenin, who was voted in as "first" vice-chair after his loss.

Pasco County's Alison Morano, St. Pete Beach's Rick Boylan, Miami-Dade's Annette Taddeo (briefly a party chair candidate), and Jacksonville attorney Justin Spiller are the new vice-chairs.

"From Jacksonville to Miami, Democrats will be working more aggressively than ever to register and turnout out voters to defeat this governor who has proven time and again he is simply not our side," Tant said in a press release.

Actually, in recent weeks, when it comes to distributing bonuses to public school teachers and expanding Medicaid, Scott has been on the Democrats' side, prompting considerable grumbling amongst segments of the Republican Party of Florida, most notably in Tea Party ranks.

But the number one goal for Tant and Florida Democrats is to defeat Scott (or perhaps another Republican if a challenger comes forth in the next year) in 2014 and take back the governor's mansion for the first time in 16 years.

Not surprisingly, all four new vice-chairs supported Tant in her fierce battle against Clendenin, which was decided in Lake Mary on the last weekend in January.

Alison Morano served as vice-chair under the previous party chairman, Rod Smith, who exited from leadership last month.

Rick Boylan has been prominent with the Stonewall Democrats of Pinellas County. He also worked for 20 years with the Democratic National Committee.

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