With the election of Bittel, the race now includes him and three others: Leah Carius, Osceola Chair, Lisa King SCW from Duval County, and Alan Clendenin, SCM from Hillsborough? No. Manatee? No. Bradford County! YES! Finally found one. Good for him.
I have to mention that I was struck in the difference between the two floor speeches in Miami-Dade tonight. Bittel led with a bitter complaint about his treatment in social media. In contrast, Dwight Bullard’s floor speech by a surrogate was a rousing call to action to recognize that the future of the party (young voters) seeks new leadership. If Bittel thinks social media was mean to him last week, he’s going to have a rude awakening should he actually be elected. Should he advance to run state party operations, hopefully he’ll have the good sense to hire a comms team that can write better copy for him.
The unofficial count was 250/Bittel, 168 Bullard and 45/provisionals, as reported by a compatriot on the scene.
Speaking of compatriots on the scene, indie reporter Ben America was kicked out of the media corral and harassed for doing his job. Pushing out new media reporters like Ben just reinforces the organization’s reputation for petty gamesmanship. We should expect better.
That’s all for now. More as it becomes available.