While I didn’t plan on getting back to posting election diaries until after today, I figured it was important to post this:
So this is a preview of what we are in store for the 2022 midterms. By the way, U.S. Senator Rick Scott (R. FL), is already off to a rocky start in his new position:
Scott officially took over the National Republican Senatorial Committee after the GOP’s two losses in Georgia gave Democrats control of a 50-50 Senate. Scott faced swift backlash from Democrats and private concern among Republicans over his vote against certifying Pennsylvania’s Electoral College votes last week after the deadly riot at the Capitol.
As business leaders pull back from the GOP after the insurrection, some donors and operatives in the party have concerns that Scott’s vote could be an issue for Republicans going into the 2022 Senate cycle, as they seek to win back the chamber after losing their six-year majority. Scott, a wealthy businessman and former governor who has won statewide office three times, is a well-connected and established fundraiser for the party, a major benefit to Republicans next cycle after the committee raised nearly $300 million for 2020.
But some Republicans fear that his vote, the general antipathy toward the GOP among some donors right now and the party’s disappointing losses in Georgia will combine to hamper the NRSC at the outset of the cycle, according to conversations with nearly a dozen party operatives, donors and lobbyists, most of whom spoke on condition of anonymity to speak candidly.
“I think a lot of people are thinking, ‘We just lost the majority. We all put an enormous amount of personal and client money into the races, and we lost,’” said one GOP donor. “A lot of those who helped raise money are thinking, ‘Give me a breath for a minute.’ And especially in the context of what happened in the last week at the Capitol.”
Let’s take today to celebrate but tomorrow the 2021 and 2022 election cycles begin and we have to be ready. More to come soon but being that both U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R. FL) and Governor Ron DeSantis (R. FL) are up for re-election, let’s at least help Florida Democrats get a head start, especially now that former Miami Mayor, Manny Diaz (D. FL), is now the new state party chair:
Diaz’s election to head the Democratic party in the third-largest state came amid an ever-growing partisan rift in Florida and the nation, with Trump backers continuing to believe the president’s disproven claims that the election was fraudulent.The new chairman takes over days after Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol as members of Congress prepared to vote on the certification of states’ presidential electors to cement Biden’s victory. At least four Florida men have been charged with crimes associated with storming.“Let us be the ones who bring healing and unity. Let us be what we have always been. Let us be a Florida Democratic Party that speaks for the voiceless, fights for the oppressed and will ensure that America remains the shining beacon of hope and democracy for the entire world,” Diaz said.Diaz, who was born in Cuba, hails from Miami-Dade County, where Democrats suffered the greatest losses during the 2020 election cycle.
Marcus L. Dixon will join the Florida Democratic Party as its new executive director on Feb. 1.
The Miami native is a veteran political operative and labor leader with a proven track record of success overseeing political, legislative and electoral campaigns benefitting the working families of Florida. He will run FDP’s day-to-day operations, as he works with Manny Diaz, FDP’s newly elected chairman, to oversee the party's effort to fundraise, recruit and support Democratic candidates, and build a year-round grassroots organizing operation that turns Florida blue in 2022 and beyond.
Dixon comes to FDP after leading Diaz’s successful campaign for the chairmanship, and serving as the Florida executive director for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the second-largest and fastest-growing union in North America with 2.1 million members, including more than 55,000 active and retired health care professionals, public employees and property service workers in Florida. Dixon was responsible for overseeing the group’s political, legislative, outreach and electoral operations in the state, including its coordinated and independent expenditure programs.