The Broward Democrats announced their keynote speaker for their March 15 Unity Dinner: MSNBC’s Ed Schultz. The dinner is the main fundraising event for county Democrats and will serve as an unofficial kickoff for activists to gear up for the 2014 election.
Broward’s dismal 41 percent turnout in 2010 was one of the factors in Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s victory over Democrat Alex Sink after she failed to excite the Democratic-dominant county.
Usually candidates aren’t the main attraction at the Unity dinner but Broward Democratic chairman Mitch Ceasar said if Charlie Crist or Nan Rich -- both Democrats running for governor -- want to speak he will allow them.
That will contradict the theme of “unity” as Rich often talks about being the true Democrat since Crist was previously an independent and Republican.
“I think this is a tradition worth breaking,” Ceasar said, explaining why he will let the candidates speak. “If either candidate for governor or both request a few minutes they will absolutely receive it.”