BY BUDDY NEVINS
Ruth’s List event planned for Hallandale Beach has fallen victim to the Democrats latest feud.
The reception for progressive women at Barbara Miller’s house next week has been called off because she is a leader of the group trying to topple Democratic Chairman Mitch Ceasar.
Some Democrats were angry when they found out about the event at Miller’s house in Browardbeat.com yesterday.
“Too many people were unhappy about the location…Too many people were upset, as I am told, about the perception that Ruth’s List was taking sides in the Miller-Ceasar pissing contest,” one Democrat told me.
Other Democrats confirmed the story.
Miller’s side had a different spin.
“Ruth’s List told me that too many people had conflicts, other fund raisers, things like that,” she said.
The Miller group latest move against Ceasar began earlier this year. The group includes the wily political consultant and some of her network of progressives, which is the name liberals use today.
Barbara Miller with Circuit Judge Geoffrey Cohen (left) at an outdoor campaign event
The group filed candidates to run in the August primary for committee positions. If enough of them win, Miller’s group will have the votes at the county’s December organization meeting to remove Ceasar.
The two sides are also embroiled in a law suit contesting the eligibility of 300 or so committee members Ceasar filed to back him in the party election.
Mitch Ceasar, party boss since 1996
Ceasar is not only party leader in Broward, the Florida county with the most Democrats. He has been the state party chairman, is a long-time member of the Democratic National Committee and is a frequent guest on national television.
“He’s been around much too long,” said one dissident Democrat.
This time around Miller effort against Ceasar is getting covert help from the state party, which can’t attack a county leader openly without appearing to divide Democrats.
Republicans must be laughing today! The feud cost Democrats a networking and fund raising opportunity.
The feud couldn’t come at a worse time for Democrats, who need a huge turnout in Broward to have any hope of carrying Florida.
Maybe Democrats should heed the word of someone wiser than me who said, “Every city or house divided against itself shall not stand.” Jesus said something similar in all the Gospels.