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Will Crist speak at Broward Dems' big event? Who knows, but the new keynote speaker should be announced on Monday


On Monday, Broward Democratic chairman Mitch Ceasar expects to announce the new speaker for the March 15 Unity Dinner.

Democrats lost their keynote speaker after MSNBC’s Ed Schultz recently backed out.

Schultz cancelled his speech after Huffington Post contacted the network about it.

“He was not told it was a fundraising event,” network spokeswoman Lauren Skowronski told Naked Politics.

It’s difficult to believe that Schultz had no idea the purpose of the event because media routintely describe it as the group’s main fundraising event of the year.

In the past, the group has drawn some high profile speakers including Hillary Clinton, Cory Booker and Terry McAuliffe.

The other mystery about the event: whether former Gov. Charlie Crist who hopes to unseat Republican Gov. Rick Scott will speak. Leaders of Crist’s campaign haven't responded to our questions about whether he will speak. Broward has the highest number of registered Democrats in the state so it's hard to imagine that Crist would skip the event, considered the group's most important of the year.

Broward is the home turf of former state sen. Nan Rich of Weston who is running an underdog campaign against Crist in the Democratic primary. Rich describes herself as the “true Democrat” in the race unlike the GOPer-turned-independent-turned-Democrat Crist. While many Broward Democratic activists are publicly loyal to Rich, they want Scott ousted by a Democrat and are certain to line up behind the primary winner.

In 2010, the Democrats' candidate for governor Alex Sink was criticized for not appearing in Broward early enough and often enough -- and they repaid her with a lousy 41 percent countywide turnout and she lost to Scott.


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ed jenkins

Democrat primary voters want nothing to do with this scumbag crist which is why they do not want him at their hometown event as opposed to the favored nancy lady who we were assured by the able lieutenant McKay is a good democrat and was just having a bad day when she insulted family friendly Floridians several months back. The democrat primary voters once again say to their leaders that while the nancy lady is a good democrat they want the scumbag crist removed from the race and replaced if the party is determined to have an endorsed candidate other than the nancy lady.

Tally Folly

ed shut up already.
Anyone who reads this blog knows you are not a Democrat as you claim.
you are in fact the WORST republican operative anyone has ever seen.

Highly paid Reublican operative

I am the best but Ed Jenkins is worth every dime we pay him.

Can't take anymore

Charlie's strategy seems to be to just let Nan Rich's underpowered and underfunded primary campaign wither on the vine. Why go into her backyard to give her few remaining supporters a target for their attacks?

Mrs. Ed Jenkins

Ignore my husband. He was dropped as a child.


It is not just that "Rich describes herself as the true Democrat in the race", she has the long record of votes and actions to prove it. I stand with Nan because I know where she stands.

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