The last few months, I have been railing on Emily’s List because of their non-support of Senator Nan Rich in her run to become Florida’s first Woman Governor. I was convinced that the reason for their non-support was to please mega donors to Emily’s List who were supportive of the campaign of Charlie Crist. I couldn’t understand why an organization that has the reputation Emily’s List has for supporting women politicians would literally turn their back on Nan Rich. I was so happy to see Emily’s list support Wendy Davis, Nina Turner, and other strong, progressive women in their runs for office. I knew that Emily’s List had supported Nan Rich before, so it HAD to be someone else calling the shots. I guess I just didn’t know who that someone was.
Now I do.
As you recall, I received an email a while back explaining the REAL reason Charlie Crist wouldn’t debate Nan Rich, and that the leadership of the Democratic Party was behind it. Deals had been made, souls had been sold.
I received another email this morning allegedly explaining the Emily’s List situation. It wasn’t donors to Charlie Crist that didn’t want Emily’s List to support Nan Rich. It was the Florida Democratic Party Leaders. They didn’t want anything standing in the way of their covert, soon to be overt, support of Charlie Crist. If Emily’s List, a powerful organization for raising money for women candidates, had succeeded in helping Nan Rich raise the kind of money that would allow her to get on the air and reach more people, the FDP’s chosen candidate wouldn’t be able to continually ignore her the way he has done.
What was Emily’s List to do? If a candidate’s own party wasn’t backing her, and they were told that the party wasn’t backing her, Emily’s List just fell in line.
Given how Manuel Sykes, an African-American man, and Jessica Erlich, a Woman, were pushed out of races, this makes perfect sense to me.
What has the Florida Democratic Party come to? These are the people who supposedly represent us. They supposedly have our best interests at heart. It’s starting to look like the people who are running this organization only have THEIR best interests at heart.
Steve Geller or Dan Gelber is looking to become Lt. Governor, which has been promised to either or both by Charlie Crist, so we know they want Nan Rich to go away. There are those who say Charlie Crist has promised the Lt. Governor spot to Kendrick Meek, although I don’t see Kendrick accepting anything like that. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if Charlie Crist has promised that position to any number of people, to include Allison Tant, Annette Taddeo, and God only knows who else, to get them to step on the neck of Nan Rich’s campaign.
Steve Geller had this to say about Crist at one time: ‘it’s very clear’ that Crist altered his position on offshore drilling to support Sen. John McCain’s call to lift the federal moratorium ‘because he’s on McCain’s short list’ for vice president. ‘My 11-year-old could have figured that out.’”
Dan Gelber had this to say: He’s Leaving Lots Of Things Undone … Because Of His Choices, It’s Hard To Define What Kind Of Governor He’s Been Because He’s Left So Much Hanging.”
Even the Florida Democratic Party, then under Bob Poe, had this to say about Charlie Crist: “‘Charlie Crist is a career politician who has his business card written in pencil,’ state Democratic Party Chairman Bob Poe said. ‘He hasn’t found a race he doesn’t like.’”
Now all of a sudden they want us to believe that this is the type of guy we should support?
Nan Rich has supported this party her entire career. She has stood with us and for us every chance she got.
We have to stand with her.
We can’t let backroom deals dictate who goes into office here in Florida. The Florida Democratic Party may have made a deal with the devil for our souls. Are we going to sit idly by and watch it happen?
A recent poll shows 73% of democrats want to see a debate between Charlie Crist and Nan Rich. Does anyone care? No they don’t, because they know Charlie Crist isn’t that great of an actor to pull off pretending to care about what most Democrats care about.
Rick Scott has been a horrible Governor by the standards of most Democrats. Democrats want him out. Party Leaders are using that to get you to look the other way as they do appalling things to people who would dare try to do something democratic: run for office.
Kendrick Meek was treated very badly in 2010. I’m surprised African-Americans didn’t make as much noise about that as we should have. Now is our chance.
Nan Rich is being treated exactly like Kendrick Meek was treated, and, ironically, in favor of the exact same opportunist: Charlie Crist!
If Charlie Crist is the Democratic nominee, I say go to the General Election, vote for your local and state politicians up to, but NOT including, Governor of this state.
Until we show the leaders of the Democratic Party that they MUST listen to us, that they MUST take our wishes into consideration, that they MUST give our people equal opportunity to run for office without them cutting them off at the knees, they will not have our support to put THEIR hand-picked candidate into office.
Party Leaders who would do underhanded things like these do not deserve our respect, much less our vote.
Nan Rich is qualified, and should have been allowed an equal playing field to get her message out to the people.
The Florida Democratic Party made sure she didn’t.
From The Miami Herald today:
And why is Charlie Crist in the race if he was so eager to trade Tallahassee for Washington, D.C., in 2010, when he ran for the U.S. Senate instead of seeking reelection? Then he switched from Republican to Independent — and now he’s a Democrat! Is he interested more in governing or in getting even with old foes in the Republican Party?
Mr. Crist is closer to Florida’s political center than Mr. Scott, but he’s nowhere near closing the sale. He demands to debate Gov. Scott, but won’t offer the same courtesy to state Sen. Nan Rich, the other Democrat in the race, whose underfinanced campaign is a long shot. At last report, Mr. Crist had raised $7.7 million, compared to her relatively paltry $540,000.
That says a lot about the viability of her candidacy, or lack of it. Where Sen. Rich is dead right, though, is in attacking Mr. Crist’s unwillingness to debate her. Mr. Crist should quit dodging. What’s he afraid of?
You see, candidates need money, and it appears that the powers that be are trying to shut Nan Rich down. We still have time, though. We still have time.
As an African-American Woman, who knows all about discrimination and un-equal opportunity, how can I not speak out about the same things happening to others, but expect others to speak out about the same things happening to me? I can’t, and I won’t.
How can anyone, who is for equal opportunity and fair treatment?
I know a lot of people read my blog, and for that I’m very grateful.
I’m asking you to help Nan Rich by donating to her campaign, and sharing this post to all of your social media contacts. Any thing you can give helps!
We talk about racial equality. We talk about gender equality. We talk about evening the playing field. Now we have to put our talk into action.
The Leaders of our Party have shut Nan Rich out financially. Elections are for the people. Show them that you still make your own choices by donating to Nan’s campaign.
As Martin Luther King said, an injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere!
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