Rouson Ousted: No Winners

Darryl Rouson (D-St Petersburg) was ousted tonight as House Democratic Leader designee after a series of serious mishaps. Rouson needed to be removed but the issues within the Democratic Party and the way House elections are run remain apparent. Rep. Rouson had great promise and could have represented a positive change away from the established order of crony consultants, no accountability and business as usual which means losing perfectly winnable elections for the Democrats. Darryl Rouson is a loser because he has been ousted as Democratic leader, but the party and progressive causes lose as well because the the caucus is now in tumult and it is fairly likely that the House Democrats will retreat to a comfort zone which means continued failure.

More on this story in the next 12-18 hours.

 

6 comments

  1. What difference does it make, Kartick? Find me ONE who actually knows how to lead. Not raise money as the mark of leadership, but actually know what the definition of leadership is.

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  2. Andy…no one that I can think of. I like Pafford the most but he’s not a natural leader. The rest to me are all the same. And I agree, raising money should NOT be how we pick leaders. That is a problem with both parties from top to bottom. .

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  3. Well said .

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  4. Wasn’t raising money the reason Tant gave for why she should be Chair of the Florida Democratic Party? And she won on that failing platform.

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  5. […] by a razor thin margin. Rouson was unable to navigate the choppy waters of the caucus and eventually was removed and replaced by Rep. Mark Pafford of Palm Beach […]

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  6. […] gain additional support among Rouson’s previous supporters in the September vote that occurred after a few high-profile mistakes by […]

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