05 May 2005

BREAKING NEWS: Thurman ineligible for FDP Chair

According to this morning's article in the Tallahassee Democrat, state chairman of the Florida Democratic Party, Scott Maddox, declared that the meeting scheduled for this Saturday in Orlando is an "organizational conference." By this statement, Maddox may have just forced former congresswoman Karen Thurman out of the race for state chair of the party.

According to the anonymous former rules chair, who emailed FloridapolitiX.com last week and has provided a digital copy of the party's rules for verification, Maddox has called an "organizational conference," which does not exist in the party's rules. The former chair speculates that Maddox meant to say that the meeting on Saturday is an "organizational meeting," which is actually defined under Article II of the party's charter. Additionally, he/she points out that under the rules related to organizational meetings, the eligibility requirements for chair candidates are clearly spelled out. Article II, Section 3 of the state charter reads in part:

Officers: The State Executive Committee, at its organizational meeting, shall elect a Chair, a First Vice Chair, who shall be of the opposite sex from the Chair, a Secretary, and a Treasurer, who shall be of the opposite sex from the Secretary, each of whom shall be elected from among the county chairs, state committeemen and state committeewomen.

The former chair writes, "As Scott has made clear, Jeff Ryan is ineligible under Article II, Section 3 of the state charter, because he is currently not a local chairman or a local party's state committeeman. If Scott is to disqualify Jeff under this rule, he must also disqualify Karen for her failure to meet the requirements established in the very same section. The rules clearly state that the chair and first vice chair elected by the state executive committee's organizational meeting must be of the opposite sex. Since Diane is currently the first vice chair of the party, only a male candidate is eligible to run for the position."

The email continues, "Karen's campaign could make the argument that the meeting on Saturday is not an 'organizational meeting,' under the state charter. If this argument is made so that Karen would be eligible for chair, then Jeff would also be eligible to run . The bigger problem, however is that the wrong meeting has been called by Scott."

No official announcement regarding these inconsistencies. Stay tuned ...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

If this screw up allows Karen to be thrown out of the election, the Party should just cancel this weekends meeting and hold an election when the rules are properly followed.

I would hate to see Karen punished due to the carelessness of others.

3:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see that Janee Murphy from Hillsborough may run for state chair. I think she would be a great choice, but wouldn't she be disqualified for the same reason?

3:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is the anonymous Rules Chair Jon Ausman because it sure does sound like him since he sent out an email yesterday on this to everyone on his email list...

You know he supported Ryan so he himself wants this to blow up, which isn't surprising in my opinion.

But Karen Thurmon is a local DEC Chairwomen and thus, under any rules, she is eligible no matter what you state on this board.

If you don't support Karen, then that is your problem but continuing to spread half truths is especially sickening.

4:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In regards to Karen having to be a man to run for Chairman/women.... that is incorrect.

Under the rules, the Chair and Vice Chair has to be of opposite sex. So if Karen Thurmon is elected Chair, Glassar would have to then resign under the rules.

So, no, this doesn't disqualify Thurmon.

4:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is actually incorrect. You can't automatically remove an officer from the executive board and she can't be ordered to resign by the rules. What would need to happen is the executive committee would have to hold a vote removing Glasser as vice chair. I don't think that is going to happen, and I think it would be wrong if it did.

The important point that everyone seems to be missing is that if Scott had called the correct meeting in the first place, there wouldn't be this problem. If the party had called a central committee meeting instead of this so called "organizational conference" of the state executive committee, the ridiculous restrictions (that chair/first vice chair must be opposite sex and that candidates must be a local chair, committeeman/woman) would not apply.

They really should just forget this weekend and do it the right way.

5:30:00 PM  
Anonymous ourflorida said...

I can't believe that the Democratic Party is going to exclude a candidate just because she is a woman. And I can't believe the other comment that says the party would force Diane Glasser to resign if Karen Thurman is elected chair. This is horrible! The Democratic Party should not be like this.

6:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice to see that Jon Ausman still loves to stir things up when he can't get his way -- the destroy and use self serving Jon. Also, the Tallahassee Mullet Wrapper needs to get people who write their own stories rather than stick their name on Jon's self serving scripts.

10:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Haha - you sound like the Republicans when the blame the "liberal media" for their own screw ups. Face it - the Party is screwing up and the "Tallahassee Mullet Wrapper" reported the truth.

12:27:00 AM  

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