Sunburn – The morning read of what's hot in Florida politics – 12.8.17 – Florida Politics (blog)
Sunburn — The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics.
By Peter Schorsch, Phil Ammann, Mitch Perry and Jim Rosica.
A day away from electing their new state party leader, Democrats are tangled in a bit of in-house fighting.
First, some members are pushing for Sally Boynton Brown to be reinstated as president. They intend to do so by asking the new chair Saturday to rehire her nearly three weeks after she resigned.
Some members found the effort “insulting” to the “brave women” who have complained about her enabling the behavior of Stephen Bittel. Conduct, they say, included him systematically asking female staffers about their sex lives.
As that gets sorted out, Bruce Jacobs, who sued Bittel in January charging his path to the chairmanship was rigged, is expected to take the local party to court this morning to try and ensure it’s a “fair and aboveboard election.”
Jacobs filed an emergency injunction in Miami court motion because he said he fears Bittel, who has the largest share of votes in the state to elect his successor, will use them in favor of Palm Beach County Chair Terrie Rizzo rather than on what the majority of the membership wants.
While that happens, the Miami-Dade Democrats are expected to start voting electronically today. The results of what the majority wants are to be published early Saturday morning, according to Juan Cuba, the chairman of the local party.
Voting members will take their pick from an all-female cast in the race: Rizzo, Hillsborough County Democrat Alma Gonzalez and Stacey Patel, the chair of the Brevard Democratic Executive Committee. Monica Russo is