Today has been a wild one for those following Leon County politics.
Florida political observers of all stripes are closely watching Tallahassee local elections, where a discredited, unpopular status quo led by Mayor John Dailey is facing a challenge from a dynamic movement for common-sense grassroots reform.
The Chair of the Florida Democratic Party Manny Diaz — who should be focused on massive state elections that could give Gov. Ron DeSantis a path to the White House and the GOP a state senate supermajority — has decided to try to put his thumb on the scale for the wrong side of history in Tallahassee.
In a now-deleted Tweet, Diaz smuggled a very bad Dailey endorsement in with some good endorsements which he has been making all cycle in local races. H/T to Thomas Kennedy:
Also in Tallahassee-Leon County, the developer-backed right-wing special interest group with a penchant for hate speech Grow Tallahassee has also come back out of hiding after getting crushed by 12 points in the David Bellamy-Jeremy Matlow City Commission Seat 3 contest in August.
Notably, they are backing scandal-plagued Doak giveaway supporter Commissioner Nick Maddox, who is facing a likely defeat after being disgraced by sexual misconduct allegations which he does not deny, and which precipitated his abrupt resignation from the Boys & Girls Club of the Big Bend.
Check out our widely-read story on the Grow Tallahassee menace — funded by developers and Ron DeSantis political appointees — below! The piece is now more ripe than ever for re-reading as Mayor Dailey continues to pursue an undemocratic Commission-packing and City districting plan that would consolidate his own power.