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Thursday, December 04, 2003


Florida Democratic Convention is this weekend

posted by annatopia at Thursday, December 04, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
My hometown of Orlando, Florida hosts the Democratic State Convention this weekend. There are a ton of Dean events happening over the weekend, and you can sign up for them by clicking here. There are volunteer oppportunities for today, tomorrow, and Saturday, and a big rally with the Gov at 3pm this Saturday. You can download the rally flyer by clicking the main link at the top of this post (warning! .pdf).
This convention is our only chance to show support for Gov Dean before the votes are cast. It's imperative that my fellow Floridians get out there and make some noise and have a big presense on the ground so that we can prove to the Florida Democratic establishment that Dean is the candidate with the momentum in the Sunshine State. Many of the other contenders are running hard in Florida (particularly Lieberman and Clark), but I know we can win if we do our thing.
There's also a perception that Florida's gone totally conservative, but I don't think that's accurate. I spent a month there back in May, and I traversed the entire state from the panhandle to the Keys, and I only saw one Jeb! bumper sticker. Everyone I met - from waitstaff at restaraunts to cashiers in checkout lines - was a Democrat who was very upset with George W Bush. And believe me, I talked to a *lot* of people. Floridians still haven't gotten over the sting of Selection 2000, and they are going to play a huge role next November.
I think that right now we are in a good position to show our strength. With the recent addition of Gwen Logan Graham Graham Logan and the Nov 25 Florida poll showing us surging into second place behind Lieberman, we should be able to make a great impression at the Convention. So please head out to the rally and volunteer some of your time this weekend. While you're at it, go vote in this online Florida poll, which is read by many party regulars and power brokers. Seminoles, Gators, Rattlers, 'Canes, Dolphins, Bucs, Heat, Magic, and Jaguars - let's see all of you in Orlando this weekend!


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