Annette Taddeo Goldstein says if she wins Miami-Dade Democratic Party spot she won't step aside for Stephen Bittel
Annette Taddeo Goldstein says she is running for Miami-Dade Democratic Party vice chair tonight and says if she win she won't step aside for Stephen Bittel, the wealthy Coconut Grove developer some Democrats want to run for state party chair.
Taddeo Goldstein quietly withdrew from the race for state committeewoman a few days ago and didn't respond to questions about her plans until today when she confirmed she will run for vice chair.
There were rumors that Taddeo Goldstein planned to run and had agreed that if she won she would drop out to allow for a new election to fill a vacancy which would allow Bittel to run. According to the rules, he isn't eligible to run for Florida Democratic Party chair since he holds no position with the county party right now.
But Taddeo Goldstein, a past county party chair, said that Bittel had not asked her to step aside.
"There is no deal," she said. "Nobody asked me to step aside."
In an email to fellow Democrats Tuesday afternoon, Taddeo Goldstein wrote:
"During the time that it is most critical for us to work together to defeat the GOP’s hateful agenda, I have instead seen infighting, backstabbing and lies being spread to manipulate our State and local party’s elections. There’s been lies about my not running for state committeewoman because of some kind of deal. Nothing could be further from the truth. The truth is I decided not to run for committeewoman because I was sickened by all of this. If we want our party to be successful, we have to stop the infighting, the backstabbing, etc. We have to start focusing our efforts on defeating the GOP, instead of defeating our fellow democrats."
Taddeo Goldstein, an unsuccessful candidate for Congress and lieutenant governor, said she may run for Florida Democratic Party chair.
"I have not ruled that out," she said.
About 200 Democrats in Miami-Dade will elect a chair, vice chair, and state committeeman and woman tonight. The election has created much turmoil and drama as various candidates have dropped in and out of races and activists have battled on social media and in emails.
It's unclear if any of the candidates have agreed to drop out for Bittel. Bret Berlin, the current state committeeman seeking re-election, and Juan Cuba, one of nine chair candidates, both said if they win they will remain in the position.
The outcome in Miami-Dade matters statewide because the committeemen and women in each county get to vote on the Florida Democratic Party chair in January. The activists vote based on a formula set according to the number of registered Democrats in each county which means that Miami-Dade and Broward have a powerful voice.
There are a long list of potential candidates for the Florida Democratic Party chair including Dwight Bullard, who lost his re-election for state Senate and Susannah Randolph, former district director for U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson.