Republicans, blimpish activists and others connected Twitter mocked Florida Democrats for electing Nikki Fried arsenic their adjacent statement chair, predicting much reddish waves to travel aft her blowout nonaccomplishment successful past year's gubernatorial primary.
The Florida Democratic Party's executive committee connected Saturday chose Fried, nan state's erstwhile agriculture commissioner who besides ran for politician past year, to beryllium their adjacent chair. Fried will switch Manny Diaz, who resigned past period aft Republicans crushed Democrats crossed nan Sunshine State successful nan 2022 midterm elections.
Even earlier the wide predetermination thumping, however, Fried herself was soundly defeated successful nan Democratic gubernatorial superior past August by 25 percent points.
The superior winner, Charlie Crist, went connected to suffer to Republican incumbent Gov. Ron DeSantis by complete 19 points, nan widest separator successful a Florida gubernatorial title since Jeb Bush won by 13 points successful 2002.
Former Agricultural Commissioner Nikki Fried was elected arsenic chair of nan Florida Democratic Party connected Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023. (Steven Lemongello/Orlando Sentinel/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)
FLORIDA DEMOCRATS CHOOSE NIKKI FRIED TO LEAD PARTY AFTER 'HORRIFIC NOVEMBER'
Still, nan Florida Democratic Party congratulated Fried for her predetermination arsenic statement chair, expressing optimism astir electing Democrats "up and down nan ballot."
Longtime Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida besides congratulated Fried, saying she was "Eager to activity w/ you to register, move retired and elite @FlaDems crossed #FLA."
Given Fried's 2022 performance, however, Republicans were besides speedy to congratulate her for nan caller position, quipping nan alteration is simply a bully motion for nan GOP.
"Aww congrats Nikki!" tweeted longtime DeSantis adjutant Christina Pushaw, who besides posted a representation of Florida being wholly reddish to symbolize a coming reddish wave.
"This is unthinkable news for nan Republican Party of Florida," wrote Lavern Spicer, who mislaid successful nan Republican superior to correspond nan state's 24th Congressional District.
"It's for illustration you want to suffer each election," tweeted writer and ACT for America laminitis Brigitte Gabriel.
"Great news to solidify Florida arsenic a reddish state!" erstwhile Trump elder advisor Steve Cortes tweeted. "The Dems take arsenic their FL leader a leader who mislaid severely successful nan superior to nan nominee…who past mislaid by 19% to DeSantis."
Other Twitter users piled connected successful nan reply conception of nan Florida Democratic Party's congratulatory tweet. Among nan responses were "'Thank you' — Florid Republicans," "Isn't this nan aforesaid woman who sewage her a-- kicked by a bad campaigner successful Charlie Crist," and simply "LOL."
Fried acknowledged a "horrific November election" successful Florida but assured her supporters she had a "plan for success," adding, "You amended judge we are going to return it to Ron DeSantis each damn day."
Christian Ziegler, nan recently elected chair of Florida's Republican Party, told Politico that Fried will person to commencement her chairmanship "by convincing nan 65% of Democrats who rejected her conscionable months ago."
"At this point, I whitethorn request to talk pinch our unit nan request to database each activity conducted by nan [Florida Democrats] arsenic an in-kind to nan [Florida Republicans]," he said successful a tweet.
Nikki Fried was Florida's commissioner of agriculture and a Democratic campaigner for politician successful 2022. ( Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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The Democratic Party suffered dense losses crossed nan authorities beyond nan governor's title successful nan midterms. Republicans picked up 9 seats successful Florida's authorities legislature, going from 76 seats to 85, while Democrats dropped from 42 seats to 35. Two GOP pickups were from vacancies. All 120 members were up for election.
In nan authorities Senate, meanwhile, Democrats mislaid 4 seats, falling from 16 to conscionable 12. All 40 seats were up for election.
Aaron Kliegman is simply a authorities newsman for Fox News Digital.