Florida Democrats hoping a alteration successful activity tin move astir statewide predetermination losses, chose erstwhile gubernatorial campaigner Nikki Fried to beryllium their adjacent chair.
Democratic executive committee members elected Fried successful a four-way title pinch erstwhile authorities Sen. Annette Taddeo, Broward Democratic Party Chairman Rick Hoye and Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida Legislative Committee Chairwoman Carolina Ampudia successful an predetermination connected Saturday.
Fried acknowledged a "horrific November election" in Florida but assured her supporters she had a "plan for success."
"You amended judge we are going to return it to [Florida Gov.] Ron DeSantis each damn day," she said.
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Former Agricultural Commissioner Nikki Fried was elected arsenic chair of nan Florida Democratic Party connected Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023, beating erstwhile State Sen. Annette Taddeo, successful Orlando, Florida. (Steven Lemongello/Orlando Sentinel/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)
The predetermination was prompted aft erstwhile statement chair Manny Diaz, a erstwhile Miami Mayor, resigned past month.
Following her victory, Fried told an exuberant room they would summation "low dollar donations" successful nan adjacent predetermination rhythm and would motorboat a awesome title against Ron DeSantis, who she besides referred to arsenic a "zealous fascist dictator."
"When we are showing success, erstwhile we are showing that we sewage a scheme for success, nan donors will beryllium here," said Fried.
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Florida Democrats cheer aft electing erstwhile Agricultural Commissioner and gubernatorial campaigner Nikki Fried arsenic chair of nan authorities statement connected Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023, successful Orlando, Florida. (Steven Lemongello/Orlando Sentinel/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)
Christian Ziegler, nan newly-elected chair of nan Republican Party of Florida, told Politico that Fried will person to commencement her chairmanship ‘by convincing nan 65 percent of Democrats who rejected her conscionable months ago."
"The losing by Democrats will proceed and Florida will amended because of it," Ziegler added.
The Florida Democratic Party congratulated Fried connected her triumph Saturday and said it looks "forward to moving together to elite Democrats up and down nan ballot to present for Floridians."
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Fried, who formerly served arsenic Florida’s agriculture commissioner, joined nan Democratic superior section successful nan 2022 gubernatorial race. In August, she mislaid to Charlie Crist, who went connected to suffer successful nan wide election.
DeSantis won nan title by complete 19 points.
The authorities Democratic Party suffered dense losses crossed nan authorities arsenic well.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 20: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis waves astatine Prive catering hallway connected February 20, 2023 successful nan Staten Island borough of New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
In 2022, Republicans picked up 9 seats successful Florida’s authorities legislature — going from 76 seats to 85. All 120 members were up for election.
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Democrats mislaid 7 of those seats, dropping from 42 seats to 35. Two pickups were from vacancies.
That aforesaid election, Democrats lost 4 seats successful nan Florida authorities Senate — falling from 16 to conscionable 12. All 40 seats were up for election.