Hillsborough County Democratic Hispanic Caucus says it endorsed Manny Diaz for FDP Chair; state caucus disagrees

Editor’s note

The Florida Democratic Hispanic Caucus on Thursday disputed a Hillsborough County Democratic Hispanic Caucus announcement Wednesday that members had voted to endorse former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz for Florida Democratic Party Chair.

The disagreement between the state and local caucuses set up a back and forth between parties and Florida Politics raising major doubt about whether the endorsement was legitimate and whether it was even permitted under the state caucus’ bylaws.

State Caucus President Cesar Ramirez previously emailed DiMaio and other county caucus presidents instructing them not to endorse any candidate for FDP chair. They were told they could vote to “support” a candidate but not “endorse.” Support could be “demonstrated in the form of active lobbying for the candidate but does not include publicly representing the DHCF as a whole or a subsidiary otherwise known as a chapter,” the state chapter wrote in an email.

Hillsborough caucus President Victor DiMaio, who distributed a press release announcing the endorsement, claims Ramirez does not have the authority to block local chapters from making an endorsement in that race. DiMaio provided documentation of those bylaws to reference via text. However, Ramirez said they are not valid because the state caucus

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