Dems’ Musical Chairs

   You’d think So Fla. Democrats would just sit and bask in the glow for a while.  They delivered Broward and Miami-Dade for Obama, big time, and saw Florida finally go blue.

   But no– in both Miami-Dade and Broward and probably at the state level, too, there’ll be a fight over party chair posts.

   In Broward, 12-year county party chairman Mitch Ceasar gets a challenge from former Congressman Peter Deutsch. The Herald reports that Deutsch supporters blame Ceasar for the failure of Scott Israel’s campaign for Sheriff.  The Broward vote is December 7th.

   Miami-Dade Democrats will also have some competition to fill the county chair. B.J. Chiszar, who’s been working for the state party, organizing Miami-Dade and Monroe, faces off against Eric Copeland, a Miami lawyer who ran for State Ag Commissioner a couple of years ago.  Miami-Dade Dems will vote December 3rd.

   The Miami-Dade post is being vacated by Bret Berlin, who says he’s still weighing a challenge to State Party Chair Karen Thurman.

   Could be a continuation of the traditional Democratic circular firing squad.  Or it could be that Democratic registration gains make these party posts more attractive.

   Republicans will have their own intra-party tussles– St. Rep. David Rivera vs. political consultant Carlos Curbelo in Miami-Dade.  And it certainly looks like Jim Greer will face a serious challenge as the GOP state chair.


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