For 27 years, Florida Democrats have done a great job of helping Republicans get elected.


Democrats in Florida can’t stop losing.

Florida may still be considered a “purple” state, but the fact that the Democratic Party has failed to achieve more than one state-wide victory in almost a decade tells another story.

Donald Trump not only won Florida twice, but tripled his margin in 2020. This is partly due to improved performance with Hispanic voters in Miami-Dade County. And who thought Georgia and Arizona recently looked bluer than Sunshine?

Unless the Democrats win in 2022, it will be difficult to continue to call Florida a swing state. Donors across the country will flee the party if they believe they can make more money elsewhere.

We are wondering in less than 18 months before next year’s elections. What is the Democratic message that is convincing enough for Florida voters to vote for the blue states?

I’ve heard crickets before.

Republicans are pushing hard on an agenda full of lean issues that appeal to a growing foundation, but Florida Democrats are catching up and Governor Ron DeSantis is screaming fouls every time. Ignore the COVID-19 pandemic Or sign a terrible law at a ceremony made for Fox News.

Believe us, we feel their frustration. Bold by a wide majority of Florida parliaments, Desantis and Republicans have pushed many bad laws this year, from adding barriers to voting by mail to banning cruise ships and other businesses. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required.

Accused of being a “socialist”

Unless Democrats act together, we will see worse laws each year.

The Democrats have not yet shaken off the “socialism” label that the Republicans throw at candidates with a “D” next to their name. Last year, the Democratic Party may have won two seats in Miami-Dade.

“For many Democrats, they didn’t consider [the socialist label] Anna Escamani, a member of the state legislature of D-Orland, told the editorial board. “It was almost like a joke.”

Yes, it’s a joke to think that someone like moderate Joe Biden is a socialist, but as long as enough people believe it, the truth doesn’t matter.

Where is the strategy to punch back?

If the Democrats had it, the recent protests in Cuba were a great opportunity to test it, but again, the party failed the reaction and Allowed the Republicans to own the issue. Instead of calling for the end of the oppressive communist regime, Democrats in some states, including Florida’s Democratic Progressive Caucus, have accused the US sanctions of food and drug shortages and a permanent Castro playbook. GOP to brand all Democratic Communists by pulling the page straight out of.

Former Mayor of Miami, Democratic Florida Chairman Manny Diaz is doing a lot of work.

Diaz, who was elected in January to revive a party that was in financial turmoil after last year’s election, has made progress. With over $ 1 million in unpaid debt, employee health insurance was revoked and the party subsequently caused public ridicule. Apply for a taxpayer-backed federal pandemic bailout loan and repay it later.

“I’m tired of losing”

Diaz led the party towards financial soundness.The debt has been paid off thanks to relief from a large donor and he has formed an experienced team. The field director focused on different parts of the state. Instead of jumping into the community a few weeks before the election because the Democratic Party is notorious, Diaz told the editorial board that he wanted to build state-wide equipment that the party lacked, register voters, and stay involved with them. Told.

“The bottom line is, I’m tired of losing,” Diaz said. “I was tired of seeing what was happening, and I decided I needed to do something about it.”

Many Democrats are aware that States parties are more organized. But in Florida’s largest county, they still face a mysterious leadership gap. On July 19, Miami-Dade Democratic Chairman announced him Resign at the end of the month From his volunteer post, he focuses on professional and personal obligations.

“The largest swing-state and largest local party in the country should not be led after lunch, after work, or on weekends,” Herald said in a statement.

It’s easy for an important battlefield county party chair to be a paid full-time job.

One-party rule

The Democratic issue is the Floridian issue.

America is the best when there is a balance of power. Decades-Long-term control by one party can do serious harm to the situation where one party gets virtually everything they want without moderation.

The Republican Party controls two of three positions: Florida’s Legislature, Governor’s Office, and Cabinet. The exception is Agricultural Commissioner Nikki Fried, who is running for Governor in the Democratic primary against former Governor Charlie Crist and Miami Mayor Ken Russell. Prior to the 2018 Freed elections, the last Democratic victory across the state was in 2012, when President Obama and former US Bill Nelson were on tickets. Nelson later lost to Rick Scott in 2018.

Florida last elected Democratic governor in 1994, when Lawton Chiles defeated Jeb Bush.

27 years. Let’s talk about losing streak.

The Republican Party has created a state-wide formidable machine that is efficient in registering voters and recruiting candidates, especially Hispanic women.

There are promising newly elected Democrats. For example, Miami-Dade board members Lucia Baez Geller and Luisa Santos were both elected last year in a highly competitive independent race. We cannot forget Fried and Val Demings, who are challenging Senator Marco Rubio. Demings was Orlando’s first black female police officer and one of seven managers in the impeachment trial of Trump. In addition, in 2020, the party announced several impressive legislative candidates, including Attorney Maureen Porus, Annette Colazo, David Williams, and Jessica Laguerre Hilton. States parties need to develop and support such wise Democrats who are immersed in the concerns of those who are trying to represent them.

Democrats who challenge Republican rule in Florida are in a David vs. Goliath situation. Their party should not make their lives difficult by continuing to shoot themselves with their feet.