03 May 2005

Maddox's party problems continue

Following reports of good news yesterday regarding endorsements in Palm Beach, Florida Democratic Party state chairman Scott Maddox is continuing to draw criticism from members of his own party. Bill Cotterell of the Tallahassee Democrat wrote a devastating piece this weekend over the sad shape of the party under the leadership of Maddox, and now it appears as if the news may get worse.

This Saturday, the Florida Democratic Party's State Executive Committee is scheduled to meet at the Plaza Theatre, located at 425 N. Bumby Avenue in Orlando. The purpose of the 11 AM meeting is to elect a new state chairman, because Scott Maddox is resigning to run for governor or some other statewide office. Maddox's plans to exit the party appear to be well choreographed; however, according to one party insider, the move may not be permitted under the Florida Democratic Party's rules.

According to a former rules chair of a local party, who sent an email to FloridapolitiX.com and wishes to remain anonymous, the planned election for state chair may be a blatant violation of the Florida Democratic Party Bylaws. The anonymous chair points to Article II, Section 2.7 of the Florida Democratic Party's Bylaws, which reads:

In the event of a vacancy in the office of State Chair, the First Vice Chair shall call a meeting of the Central Committee within thirty (30) days for the election of a new State Chair who shall serve until the next regular meeting of the State Executive Committee.

"The election next weekend has three major problems," writes the former rules chair. "First, the special election for a new state chair may only be called in the event of a vacancy." He/she continues, "The March 16 release by the party states that Scott's resignation will not take effect until after the legislative session, therefore no vacancy currently exists. Therefore the meeting call was not authorized."

The email continues, "Second, the bylaws only authorize the First Vice Chair, or Diane Glasser in this case, to call the meeting. Scott called the meeting for this Saturday, therefore another violation has occurred."

"Third and most important, Scott called a meeting of the State Executive Committee, not the FDP Central Committee. Section 2.7 establishes a clear procedure for replacing a state chair who resigns in the middle of his term and that section says that the central committee must act first." He/she continues, "The Executive Committee is authorized to vote for state chair in two cases: one, during their organizational meeting that occurs immediately following the presidential election or two, when the vote follows an election held by the central committee. Neither of these cases apply here."

The email admits that the party election may occur regardless of the bylaws. "There are no real leaders on the executive committee and I can't see any of them trying to stop this," says the anonymous chair. "They are mostly just sheep who go along with what they are told." Still, this information may be greeted with hard feelings after reports this week that Maddox ran the party on a $200,000 deficit during the past quarter and has arranged for a fat party contract with a company owned by Maddox loyalists.

Stay tuned ... Cotterell said that this is a roller coaster, so be ready for it to take us for a wild ride.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! Do these people at the party have any idea what they are doing? This is so embarrassing!

9:39:00 AM  
Anonymous tdog said...

This could be a problem for Scott. If he is unable to run the Democratic Party, how does he expect to run the state of Florida? His inability to follow the party's rules could really hurt him in the election.

10:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What BS... The party knows what it's doing. It's electing a new chair on Saturday.

11:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree – this is silly.

How many sources are required to give a tip to this blog?

As far as the comments about Maddox, I’ll leave those alone. His tenure is almost over, and his performance will be reviewed by others in the coming months.

Several candidates have shown interest in the position since Maddox announced his resignation intentions. I am confident that we can count on those candidates and their many supporters who have their own agendas, to have already read the rules and applied them accordingly ‘for the good of the party’.

To bring up this type of thing four days prior to a political party election, causes me to question the motives of the anonymous source, more than the application of the by-laws.

It will be nice when this is over – so we can get to work. We have a lot of catching up to do.

12:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Republican Voter said...

You Democrats are sad. You preach about the filibuster and how important it is to uphold the rules of the US Senate, then you are willing to look the other way when your own party doesn't follow its own rules. This is just another reason why I am proud to be a Republican. This is just further proof that the Dems are total losers!

1:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go Tom Delay!

1:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The comment earlier about the timing raises a good point. The fact that this is coming out the week of the election is just as suspect as Jeff Ryan's campaign being sabotaged by Scott just last week. I think both cases are tacky. Politics is ugly, and internal Dem politics is even worse.

It is too bad that the party just can't have all those interested in being state chair run with the most qualified candidate being the winner.

2:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the last statement, but all those who support Ryan seem to be forgetting that since he took over the House operations, they have had nothing but losses.

I wouldn't be surprised if Maddox messed up the meeting notice. It is obvious that they have no idea what they are doing at the Party.

I only hope this Party Chair issue gets resolved before they sign that $100,000 contract for his PR team.

11:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, it's no problem now.

Glisar and Ryan, who wasn't eligible, both are no longer in the race...

That leaves Karen Thurmon who will be overwhelming elected on Saturday.

Good choice.

6:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Question - If Ryan was ineligible for state chair because the rules require that he be one of the "cardinals", don't the rules also prevent Thurman from being state chair because she is a woman?

The rules specifically state that the chair and vice chair be of the opposite sex, don't they?

If this is the case, will Thurmans nomination be ruled out of order? If not, can Ryan be nominated?

I personally like Thurman, but these are all important questions that need to be answered before Saturday. We don't want a new chair chosen at an election that is questioned. It would hurt her credibility - remember Dubya in 2000? I don't want to see that happen. It would be bad for the party.

6:21:00 PM  

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