Annette Taddeo announces candidacy for FDP chair; has she already cut a deal with Scott Randolph?

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Annette Taddeo announce she would pursue the top position in the Florida Democratic Party today, but the biggest news tonight is the rumor Taddeo has already cut a deal with Rep. Scott Randolph in which Randolph would drop out of the unofficial race for chair and instead run for vice chair of the FDP, while backing Taddeo over rival Alan Clendenin of Tampa.

Randolph said last Thursday that he was leaning against running for chair after winning the election for Orange County Tax Collector.

“I want to make sure I have a good foothold on that [tax collector] office,” Randolph said.

That Randolph might back Taddeo is stirring up the just-begun race to replace Rod Smith.

Taddeo, who worked on the Obama campaign, must first be elected chairwoman of the Miami- Dade Democratic Party to be eligible to pursue the state chairmanship.

“I’m still very much committed to Miami-Dade County, and to building a bench” of candidates, Taddeo told the Miami Herald. But other party insiders have urged her to set her sights on the state level. “During the Obama campaign, I had quite a few people reach out to me,” she added. “The calls continued after the campaign.”

A Colombian-American long active in Florida Democratic politics, Taddeo owns a translation business.

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