Does the Florida Democratic Party not like fathers?

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In addition to the near-mutiny it has on its hands over its decision to not provide speaking time for gubernatorial candidate Nan Rich, the Florida Democratic Party faces another problem surrounding its upcoming Jefferson-Jackson fundraising gala next month in Hollywood.

The issue at hand is one of scheduling. Specifically, who was the genius who decided to schedule the annual gathering of donors and party activists from around the state on the same weekend as Father’s Day? 

That’s right, the JJ Dinner at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa will take place the night before Father’s Day, forcing those not from South Florida and who have to travel for hours to the event, whether to attend the festivities and spend much of Sunday on the road back to our homes or skip the proceedings entirely.

Of course, there is a third choice, that being to bring your children to the JJ weekend, but unless you are Scott and Susannah Randolph, the prospect of spending this holiday with a resort full of donkeys may not be entirely welcomed.

The ill-timed scheduling of the state party’s Jefferson-Jackson Dinner comes a month after the Hillsborough and Pinellas Democratic Parties held their Kennedy-King annual event on the same weekend as Mother’s Day.

So much for whisking mom or dad away on a weekend vacation for their special days.


Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.