But strangely this week on social media, Andrew Korge whose campaign for the State Senate ended on the wrong side of Bullard rout on August 30 lashed out at Bullard. At issue was a trip organized by the Dream Defenders taken to Israel by the then-State Senator. Korge and other Democrats seem determined to disqualify Bullard in the race for state chair on this issue. Several Jewish Democrats have said this week that they will not support Bullard on this score.
The interjection of foreign policy into the Democratic Party chairs race is a diversionary tactic that the likes of Marco Rubio would be proud of. Rubio after all has lobbed similar accusations at President Obama including his infamous comment in New Hampshire earlier this year that the President had “deliberately weakened America,” in the wake of the Iran nuclear deal and the opening to Cuba. Both issues were then used by Rubio in his successful reelection victory over Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy. Around the same time Rubio also attacked the President for visiting a mosque, claiming it was “dividing America.”
What these issues have to do with the fundamental rebuild of the party here in Florida is anyone’s guess, but politicians and those close to money seem to be indicating it is a disqualifier for Bullard. No doubt Bullard’s trip demonstrated a lapse in judgement, however a single incident, which has little if anything to do with the Florida Democratic Party being used as a disqualifier probably is rooted in something much deeper.
During the course of the week we’ve also heard various theories about Bullard’s inability to raise money. This charge being lobbed by party insiders, lobbyists and those with a vested interest in maintaining as close to the status quo as possible, could be more lethal. It is often forgotten, that the FDP Chair is not selected the way, for example the Labour Party leader in the UK is (which explains why Jeremy Corbyn is still in charge despite overwhelmingly losing a vote of confidence among his peers in parliament) and Bullard might be effectively blocked by the party’s establishment. Many of those backing Bullard in reality have little to no influence over the actual mechanics of selecting a chair, though they can certainly try and influence the proceedings from outside.
While the majority of the money the FDP raises is in the form of pass through the concern is that those interests in the state level who routinely give to Democrats including corporate-related entities would not trust a Bullard-run FDP. This seems to be the real reason the discussion of the former State Senator’s Israel trip and the social media outbursts of those like Korge are taking place.
Where that would leave Bullard’s support which is made up of the most progressive stakeholders in the party is anyone’s guess. At some point progressives might need to be more realistic about this race, but can rightly ask the question, why are we always being asked to compromise our belief system while the establishment which consistently loses elections keeps on trucking?
It’s still very early in the process but the battle over Bullard indicates to those watching both on the outside and the inside that many twists and turns still are yet to come in this story.