Nelson, Hastings among big-name Dems backing Rod Smith for chairmanby George Bennett | November 23rd, 2010
Smith, Palm Beach County Democratic Chairman Mark Alan Siegel, Hillsborough County Democratic Committeeman Alan Clendenin and Tallahassee City Commissioner Andrew Gillum are running for state chairman. The election is expected in January.
Read Smith’s full press release after the jump…
From Rod Smith’s campaign for Florida Democratic Party chairman:
Democratic Leaders Stand United Behind Rod Smith for Party Chair
Cite Experience and Know-How as Key Assets
Florida—Today, key Democratic Party leaders joined together in unified support for former State Senator Rod Smith to serve as the next Chair of the Florida Democratic Party.
Citing Smith’s balanced, yet effective, approach and his core Democratic values as key reasons for their support, the current and immediate past leaders of both chambers joined U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, Congressman Alcee Hastings and Congresswoman-elect Frederica Wilson in issuing a joint statement in support of the former State Senator.
“We stand unified in our support of former Senator Rod Smith for Party Chair. We believe his experience, his style, and his commitment to our Party will serve our state very well. We look forward to helping him become the next great Chair of the Florida Democratic Party.”
The statement was issued by:
U.S. Senator Bill Nelson
Congressman Alcee Hastings
Congresswoman-elect Frederica Wilson
Current Senate Minority Leader, Senator Nan Rich
Current House Minority Leader, Representative Ron Saunders
Immediate Past Senate Minority Leader, former Senator Al Lawson
Immediate Past House Minority Leader, Representative Franklin Sands
Minority (Democratic) Leader Pro Tempore, Senator Arthenia L. Joyner
“I am honored that Florida’s senior elected leaders from across our state believe that my experience and my commitment to the principles of the Democratic Party make me the best choice to lead our Party through this vitally important reapportionment and Presidential election cycle,” added Smith.