BY BUDDY NEVINS
The party that preaches diversity was left without diversity on its management committee after Sunday’s divisive election.
Mitch Ceasar, elected for his fifth term as chairman of the Broward Democratic Party, vowed in an e-mail to “recruit” a black to serve in a “significant position” as one of the appointed management committee.
Ceasar had a black on his ticket running for First Vice Chair. But when Cynthia Busch lost her bid to beat Ceasar for the party leadership, she ran again for First Vice Chair beating Ceasar’s black candidate.
The result was a perception problem for the Democrats. Although blacks are the most reliable and durable component of the Democratic base, the election left no black on the committee which runs the party.
“That won’t stand,” Ceasar promised.
Hence Ceasar’s e-mail, sent to Democratic committee members and elected officials:
To: DEC Members
From: Chairman Mitch Ceasar
Congratulations to our new officers:
- Chairman Mitch Ceasar
- State Committeewoman Maggie Davidson
- State Committeeman Ken Evans
- First Vice Chair Cynthia Busch
- Second Vice Chair Betty DiMaio
- Treasurer Diana Pittarelli
- Recording Secretary Tim Ross
- Correspondening Secretary Darren Covar
Although there is great diversity in our officerships including Darren Covar (an Hispanic), that is not enough. For the first time in my administration no person of color was elected. I intend to actively recruit individuals to serve in significant positions. The Democratic Party cannot survive without the inclusion of all groups.
Additionally, I must thank Wanda Francis and her entire committee. They skillfully completed an impossible task!
Finally, we must unite if we are to beat Governor Rick Scott. There is always room for great ideas and fresh discussion. I intend to provide a forum in the next several months. I believe that will be our first Managment Committee discussion.