Why so much fright about Dwight? This morning I had an email with a column from The Florida Squeeze about the Florida Democratic Party chair's race. This article was particularly interesting because it focused on me just as much as it focused on the candidates and the race for chair. It also mainly trashed Dwight Bullard, no other candidate.
Ask yourself why.
In the article, writer Kartik Krishnaiyer questioned why Sunshine State News, a conservative media outlet, had so much access to Dwight Bullard, and determined that it was due to his friendship with me. He went on to call me a troublemaker, and then pointed out my support for Nan Rich, Bernie Sanders, and now Dwight Bullard.
Let me get a few things out of the way first.
I was PROUD to support Nan Rich. She was on the right side of every issue Democrats hold dear. If supporting her as opposed to recycled Republican Charlie Crist, who will go whichever way the wind blows JUST to be elected makes me a bad person, I'll take that all day, every day.
I was PROUD to support Bernie Sanders. He was on the right side of every issue Democrats hold dear. I am not an establishment person. I never have been. I never will be. I have said from the beginning that Hillary Clinton was a flawed candidate. Yes, I went on national television and said she was a flawed candidate. That was no secret. I said there were some things she could do to save her campaign. She didn't do it. She lost. While everyone wants to blame everyone and everything except Clinton herself, I don't.
I call it as I see it. I don't go along to get along.
I am PROUD to support Dwight Bullard. He is on the right side of every issue that Democrats hold dear.
You see the pattern here, folks?
You have the chance to get it right this time. You failed the past two times.
While The Florida Squeeze and others of their ilk want to player-hate, I have been right. They have not.
Now as for Kartik, the only thing I will say about him is that when he was working for Pam Keith's campaign, when he wanted someone to ghost-write an article that he wanted up for her, he had no problem with me then. When I was supporting her and he was getting paid by her campaign, he had no problem with me then.
I just have to wonder why all of a sudden he has a problem with me and Dwight Bullard now.
I'll let you guys draw your own conclusions about that, and about who may be paying him now, but I'm sure you know that 1+1 = 2.
As far as my association with Sunshine State News, so many people seem to be pressed about a black woman who is a Democrat writing for a conservative media outlet. Why?
Are we supposed to "stay in our lane"?
Did I not get permission to venture off the plantation?
I am PROUD to be associated with Sunshine State News. While we may not agree on everything politically, they have never tried control me, unlike the establishment Democrats.
No one owns me.
Leslie Wimes 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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