BY BUDDY NEVINS
The Broward Democrat’s family fight is over.
Mitch Ceasar won easily…as if there was ever any question he would.
One thing I have learned about the dissidents who challenge Ceasar:
They can talk, complain and bellyache. But they can’t win elections. At least the one they want so badly to win – chairman of the Broward Democratic Party.
Many of the same malcontents have tried to topple Ceasar every four years since 1996. This year they poured a lot of money into the campaign, complete with advise from long-time political strategists and a fresh new candidate Cynthia Busch.
Ceasar disposed of Busch easily Sunday, winning his fifth term as party boss 58-42 percent.
The biggest mistake the Democrats could make is for the losers to take their ball and go home. Or for Ceasar to rest on his laurels.
Both sides need to clear the acrid atmosphere that has enveloped the party. They need to join in a common quest – to beat Gov. Rick Scott in two years.
So Mitch needs to:
- Reach out to his opponents and give them meaningful roles in the next election. Busch and her cohorts have some good ideas and should be asked to help carry them out.
- Modernize the communication efforts of the party. Now. Immediately. Again, the dissidents have recognized this and folks from their ranks like Phil Busey would surely have ideas how to improve the party’s Internet presence.
- Improve the grass roots reach of the party, another solid Busch idea. Hold neighborhood meetings for Democrats. Get the local college students involved. Make the committee members work their precincts or remove them.
- Pass a new party rule (If this is legal under the state party.) that would require committee members to work on Get Out The Vote efforts a certain number of hours or be removed.
I could go on and on.
There are so many possibilities in the party. There are so many people who want to help elect Democrats.
Ceasar’s job is to find a place for each and every one of those folks. Together they will win elections.
The election of Busch as first vice chair is a step in the right direction.
Unfortunately, Busch ran and beat a black candidate as a fall back to her loss for chair. Not the best move.
Basically, Ceasar needs to rebuild a party that has become largely irrelevant.
Mitch won his election Sunday, but his work has just started.