Nan Rich’s complaint against fundraiser Andrew Weinstein disregarded

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Candidate Nan Rich is struggling with respect from the Florida Democratic Party for her gubernatorial primary challenge against former Gov. Charlie Crist.

William March of the Tampa Tribune reports that Rich is accusing Broward County attorney Andrew Weinstein, volunteer finance chair of the FDP, organized a fundraiser for Crist even though party officials should remain neutral in primary contests.

Party chair Allison Tant and director Scott Arceneaux asked Weinstein to step down as the FDP’s chief fundraiser, they told Rich in various conversations on the day of Crist’s fundraiser. However, as of Wednesday, party officials seemed to backtrack from that statement.

According to spokesperson Josh Karp, the discussion on Weinstein “captures an instant in a much longer conversation between several people, which involved some misunderstandings.” According to the Tribune, Karp blamed the chaos in part on Republican “spin.”

“I didn’t ask them for his resignation, but I called to voice concern about the neutrality of the finance director because that’s something that’s expected,” Rich told the Tribune. “I spoke with the (Tant and Arceneaux) and they said they had asked for his resignation. I haven’t spoken with the chair since then, and I don’t know what their conversation was after that.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, 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.