No wonder John Morgan left the Democratic Party. When he said there was no difference between Democrats and Republicans, he got it exactly right.

There is a big difference between the two on policy in most cases. There is little difference between the two in behavior. 

I’ve been saying it for a while now as it relates to the black community, the only difference there being, one is overt, the other covert, in its displays of racism.

The race for a new FDP chair is causing me to side-eye certain Democrats due to their MAJOR hypocrisy.

I’m seeing a Change.org petition floating around, demanding that the Miami Dade DEC keep Monica Russo, a candidate for chair of the FDP, out of its forum.

I’m seeing vicious Facebook posts arguing that allowing Russo to participate in that forum gives her an air of legitimacy that she doesn’t have, because she isn’t a current DEC chair, vice chair, or state committeewoman.

Let’s go back a year, when a lot of those SAME people wanted Dwight Bullard to be FDP chair.

Where was the petition against Dwight Bullard when he participated in the Big Bend Progressive Caucus’ FDP chair’s candidate forum alongside Lisa King? See the video on this page.

Dwight Bullard was ineligible to run as chair at the time. 

I should know. I orchestrated his move into the position of state committeeman for Gadsden County, a move that is well within the rules.

I know exactly when Dwight Bullard became eligible to run for chair, and it wasn’t at that forum.

If Dwight Bullard was allowed to participate in that party forum, not holding any current eligible position, and he was, it would seem highly discriminatory and suspect to now say Monica Russo can’t do the same.

This witch hunt is stemming from the fact that certain people, most of whom have a weighted vote of ZERO in the voting process to elect the chair, want someone else.

Those people should spend their time whipping up votes for their desired candidate instead of trying to knock someone out in this manner.

It only makes those of us who didn’t really know Monica Russo say:

“Maybe she is the chair we need after all”, and start whipping up votes for her, and making a way out of seemingly no way.

In the cases of Stephen Bittel, Alan Clendenin, and Dwight Bullard, we all know that if someone wants Monica Russo badly enough, she WILL become eligible.

All of those people were accepted.

Exactly what seems to be the problem with Monica?

I genuinely want to know.

Leslie Wimes, a Sunshine State News columnist, is founder and president of Women on the Move and the Democratic African American Women Caucus, www.daawc.com. Follow Leslie on Twitter: @womenonthemove1

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