Way to go, Florida Democratic Party, you've allowed the Republican Party of Florida to mock you for appearing to mistreat one of your own, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nan Rich.
Rich wants to speak at the Democrats Jefferson-Jackson Dinner. The FDP said no. It wants a streamlined program. So only three people can speak.
RIch said she just wants five minutes to speak. The answer was still no. More background is here.
RPOF chairman Lenny Curry is loving every minute. Here's a message he sent out:
To Democrat Voters in Florida:
We may disagree on some issues. We have experienced hard-fought campaigns between candidates of my party and candidates of your party. I imagine the 2014 election cycle will be another set of hard-fought campaigns.
But I write this letter to you in order to let you know that I support the efforts of many in your party to allow former State Senate Democratic Leader Nan Rich to speak at your Jefferson-Jackson dinner on June 15. While Senator Rich and I might not see eye to eye politically, she has a long history of leadership in public service and deserves five minutes of speaking time as the only announced gubernatorial candidate in your party.
Because Senator Rich is an experienced spokesperson for Democratic ideology in Florida, it must be disappointing to see your Chairwoman, Allison Tant, put the interests of big-dollar donors ahead of a mere five minutes for Florida's leading champion of liberal causes.
It might be the fact that she is just out of touch with Democrat activists like many of you, and takes her orders from Washington. But it also may be that Tant is working with Charlie Crist to set up a possible gubernatorial candidacy announcement at the Jefferson-Jackson dinner. Who knows.
So if you want to see Nan Rich speak, I encourage you to take to Twitter, using the hashtag #FreeNanRich. Tweet at @AllisonTant. Ask her why she's put big money ahead of a five minute speech. And use the #FreeNanRich hashtag to if you want to potentially derail a Charlie Crist announcement 16 days from now.