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In FL Dem chair race, Tant racks up major Orlando support from Scott, Susannah Randolph

Scott Randolph, a former state representative and current Orange County Democratic Party Chair and Tax Collector-Elect Scott Randolph, said he's backing Allison Tant for chair of the state party.

It's a big-deal endorsement, further evidence Tant will likely win the post. Randolph was rumored to be a chair contender at one point and his wife, Susannah, is a hard-hitting Democratic operative and grassroots organizer.

Yesterday, Miami-Dade Democratic Chairwoman Annette Taddeo-Goldstein dropped out of the chair race and backed Tant. Hillsborough's Alan Clendenin is still nominally in the race, but for how much longer?

The Randolph press release:

“For the last few years my wife, Susannah, and I have travelled the state meeting with DECs, clubs and other progressive organizations talking about the future of the Democratic Party and the need to Pink Slip Rick Scott.  Susannah and I both agree that the future success of the Democratic Party should be entrusted to Allison Tant.

“We have heard a lot of thoughts and ideas, and believe that Allison will be the type of leader that will continue building our strengths and resolving our weaknesses while respecting the many viewpoints under the Democratic Party tent.

“Allison has been a tireless advocate for Democrats and their allies--whether it be hosting events on Democratic messaging, advocating on behalf of children or raising money for the Party, candidates and Progressive groups.  She knows that it takes all of us--elected officials, Party staff, advocates and activists--to fight back against the big money machine of the reckless Republican Party.

“Under the leadership of Rod Smith and Scott Arceneaux, the Florida Democratic Party was able to right the ship and steer us in the right direction.  We should take a moment in January to thank Rod for his efforts.  Then we should confidently vote to have Allison take the helm and move us successfully forward with continued help from Scott Arceneaux.

“As an elected official, Chair of the Orange County Democratic Party, and husband of one of the best Progressive advocates in Florida, I look forward to working with Allison, not to simply build a political party but to build a strong movement to protect the middle class.”