Kind of a shocker in race for Fla. Dems chair: Annette Taddeo now backing Allison Tant

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The three way race to be the next chair of the Florida Democratic Party just became a two horse race.

In a statement released Sunday afternoon, Annette Taddeo signaled her support for Leon County’s Allison Tant.

“In discussions with Allison Tant it is clear that she would make a phenomenal Florida Democratic Party chair and unite our party because of her passion for Democratic values that we all share,” said Taddeo in a release.

Taddeo’s endorsement of her former rival leaves just her and Hillsborough’s Alan Clendenin in the race. Clendenin, a long-time activist and officeholder in the Hillsborough County Democratic Party, has been running for the state chairman’s office for sevedral months.

“Annette Taddeo is the type of leader that we need right now at the highest levels of the Florida Democratic Party,” said Tant, a former lawyer and lobbyist married to prominent Tallahassee lawyer Barry Richard, and was a key fundraiser for President Barack Obama during the 2012 and 2008 elections. “She and I will work as partners to continue the fight throughout the state. Annette’s experience with the Obama campaign will be vital to continuing our growth in Hispanic and minority communities. I look forward to working with Annette as part of our leadership team to move the state forward and keep the momentum going.”

Taddeo’s endorsement of Tant represents the latest effort by the Democratic establishment to rally support around Tant, the preferred candidate of DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Senator Bill Nelson.

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