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Ed Narain the latest name to be floated as potential chair of Florida Democratic Party

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In the 72 hours since Allison Tant announced she would not run for another term as Florida Democratic Party chair, all sorts of names have been floated as possible successors. DNC Committeeman Alan Clendenin, former House Minority Leader Dan Gelber, former Congressman Patrick Murphy, former lawmaker Dwight Bullard and former lieutenant governor candidate Annette Taddeo are just some of Florida Democrats being mentioned in the conversation. Another is Ed Narain, the outgoing head of the Florida Legislative Black Caucus, whose ascendancy in the Legislature was snuffed in August when he narrowly lost a run for…

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Dan Gelber emerges as possible successor to Allison Tant at Florida Democratic Party

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As Florida Democrats begin to think about who might lead their party out of the wilderness they found themselves in after last Tuesday’s elections, a familiar, respected name is emerging as one of the possible contenders. Dan Gelber is interested in serving as chair of the Florida Democratic Party (FDP), according to a prominent Democratic operative close to the former state senator, though not authorized to speak on his behalf. “Dan is definitely interested,” the source said. When contacted for comment, Gelber said:…

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Ex-Miami Congressman Joe Garcia hopes to make comeback

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The Miami-area congressional seat held by Republican Carlos Curbelo is one of the nation’s most competitive – it’s pingponged between the GOP and the Democrats the last three elections. Now Joe Garcia, who held the seat from 2013 to 2015, and Annette Taddeo, who unsuccessfully ran for lieutenant governor in 2014, are running a tight race in the Aug. 30 Democratic primary for a chance to challenge Curbelo in November. The race is key nationally to help give Democrats a…

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Buuurrrnnn rate: Annette Taddeo raises $220K, spends $182K in first quarter of 2016

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Annette Taddeo‘s campaign balance sheet was nearly upside-down in the first fundraising quarter of 2016. Taddeo raised a paltry $219,682 during Q1, but the bad news for didn’t stop there. The former Miami-Dade Democratic Party chairwoman’s campaign also blew through $181,984 in expenditures according to new federal reporting data. That left Taddeo with just under $38,000 net raised in three months in one of the nation’s most competitive districts. Taddeo is seeking to oust Republican U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo in Miami-based CD…

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Hours after Colorado shooting, Annette Taddeo’s political opportunism is in full force

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After Friday’s shooting at a Planned Parenthood facility, Democrats across the country are jumping at the opportunity to politicize the five-hour standoff that left three people dead, including a University of Colorado police officer. One of the first to capitalize on the attack – even before police determine a motive – was South Florida congressional candidate Annette Taddeo. Officials in Colorado have just begun to collect evidence – and have yet to speculate as to what drove 57-year-old Robert Dear to…

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Personnel note: Florida Dems tap Sheyla Asencios as new deputy political director

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The Florida Democratic Party has announced on Wednesday the hiring of Sheyla Asencios as deputy political director in charge of Hispanic outreach. Asencios replaces the outgoing Jeff Branch, who served in a similar capacity until this month, primarily working on outreach to African-American communities. Branch was tapped by U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy’s campaign for Senate as political director. “We absolutely are thrilled to have Sheyla join our team,” said state party chair Allison Tant in an announcement Wednesday. “Sheyla was a tremendous asset last cycle, and I look…

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After new financial disclosure, Annette Taddeo’s ‘middle-class’ claim is even more tenuous

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Annette Taddeo still clings to the impression that she is “middle-class.” But that claim is becoming more tenuous with each passing day. For those who don’t remember, here is a quick refresher. Taddeo, Charlie Crist’s former running mate and current Democratic congressional candidate, had openly proclaimed a middle-class lifestyle, even as she lives in an unambiguously non-middle-class 6,500-square-foot Miami home assessed at $1.25 million. In April, Taddeo told MSNBC she was part of the “middle-class,” despite 15 months earlier listing a net worth of…

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