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Ramsay McLauchlan at Tiger Bay

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Long in the political wilderness, the 2008 presidential and congressional elections demonstrated a drastic return to power for the party of the left. But while Democrats bask in the glow of their successes in National elections, the party hasn’t been able to make much of a go of it in Florida and Pinellas County. Why hasn’t the local party been able to translate the national voting mood into success for state and local candidates? Can Pinellas County’s new Chairman of the Democratic Party Ramsay McLauchlan, a fairly recent Florida transplant, end the “circular firing squad” and bring discipline and harmony to a local party membership which has had several public ugly fights involving past Chairmen? What does he see as the best strategy for building the party and its candidate bench? Will he join local Republicans in ignoring the fig leaf designation of local races as non-partisan and treating them as partisan events with party-identified candidates? Be sure to register for this program now, as only paid Tiger members will be able to ask questions (cause you know we aren’t just going to give that right away!) and like famed Democratic voters in Chicago, questioning will be done early and often!

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.

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