Florida Dem Party Chairman Manny Diaz resigns

 January 10, 2023

Florida Democratic Party Chairman Manny Diaz had an unfortunate start to the week after he resigned and gave a public rebuke of his own party.

As the number of Democrats in Florida shrinks under Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis' leadership, Diaz had quite a bit to say about his own part as he tendered his resignation Monday, according to the Washington Examiner.

The Examiner noted that Diaz slammed his party for "financing woes, a dismal messaging strategy, and considerable coordination troubles."

The Democratic chairman was clearly upset at the outcome of the 2022 midterms, especially in the deepening red state of Florida where Republicans swept all major offices, including the Democratic stronghold of Miami.

"I found obstacles"

Diza laid out what he believes to be the problem with Florida Democrats.

"During my tenure, I hoped to address these issues," Diaz wrote.

He added: "Instead, I found obstacles to securing the resources and a long-standing, systemic and deeply entrenched culture resistant to change; one where individual agendas are more important than team; where self-interest dominates and bureaucracies focus on self-preservation."

“We cannot win elections if we continue to rely on voter registration to drive turnout, build field operations only around elections, and expect to get our vote out without engaging voters where they live,” Diaz added.

“Maybe it is not always about trying to fix something that is broken. Maybe it is about starting over and creating something better,” he wrote. “I wish my successor Godspeed.”

Dems strike back

Some of the Democrats Diaz indirectly referred to chimed in with their responses to his complaints, and they were far from flattering.

"I don’t care about the ideology of the next Chair…I care about their ability to register voters and run the actual operation of ⁦@FlaDems competently. Everything else comes after that," former Florida State Rep. Sean Shaw tweeted.

"I like Manny. But you can’t lose by 19 points and get to stay to talk about it," former Florida State Rep. Jared Moskowitz tweeted.

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