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Stephen Bittel Appoints Aramis Ayala to the FDP Judicial Committee

April 3, 2017 - 1:15pm

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to attend the Florida Democratic Party's DCCA retreat in St. Petersburg.

It was interesting, to say the least.

First, all of my fellow Democrats who like to scream to high heaven about my criticisms of the party were noticeably quiet as church mice with me actually present.

It was their opportunity to tell me to my face what they didn't like, and they didn't take it.

Duly noted. Ha!

Second, I actually enjoyed the event.

I got an opportunity to meet some very nice people, and I had fun.

Without going into detail about all of the goings on at the event -- Allison Nielsen did a fine job with that -- I'd like to point out the fact that Aramis Ayala was one of the appointments that Chair Stephen Bittel made, and for that one I'll give him kudos.

While there has been no official statement from the Florida Democratic Party regarding the Ayala situation, I'm a firm believer in actions speaking louder than words.

Appointing Ayala to the Judiciary Committee speaks volumes, as far as I am concerned.

I have made no secret how I feel about her right to discretion, and seeing the FDP stand behind her in the form of this appointment is a pleasant surprise.

Bittel could have not appointed her in fear of retribution.

The old guard FDP rarely took a stand when it came to issues affecting the black community, so I'll take THIS stand all day, every day!

The showdown between Aramis Ayala and Gov. Rick Scott is headed toward the Florida Supreme Court, and we will all be watching.

While I saw no concrete action plan at the Democratic Black Caucus meeting about engaging the black community and getting out the vote, getting involved in issues, and actually taking a stand is a good start.

Showing people you are there for them is a good way to get people to be there for you at the polls.

Leslie Wimes, a Sunshine State News columnist, is founder and president of Women on the Move and the Democratic African American Women Caucus, Follow Leslie on Twitter: @womenonthemove1.


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Leslie, I like you; BUT, you need to get a "grip on yourself"; You're beginning to suffer from "political-power-disease"... (My friends, my "political followers", my supporters, AND my mirror, ALL tell me how "effective & necessary" I am.... They ALL LIE Leslie !... Chances are, that they ALL just want to stand next to you in the "limelight"...and "bathe in the glow".... You Leslie, are "positioned" in a good place right now... but you must learn the 'first lesson of politics': "Pick your battles"...

For the FDP to embrace Aramis Ayala shows just how out of touch they are with Florida voters, the more Democrats champion the criminal element ..the more people turn away from the FDP. Pehaps Stephen Bittel thinks embracing Aramis Ayala will draw more Soros money into the Party, and Bittel is willing to do Soros dirty-work for him as long as he's paying FDP ..and his salary. "Records: Billionaire George Soros bankrolling Orange-Osceola State Attorney challenger" August 10, 2016

Ayala?!?... "discretion"?... yes, BUT within the bounds of the law (and her Supervisors); Without THOSE constraints, she's just another rogue in the system that MUST be admonished and constrained. (Even TRAINS "run off the track" occasionally...)

Who cares...What you Democrats THINK or TALK CHEAP TO DO.....JayZ & Snoop Dog will just PUT YOU IN YOUR there NEXT new Song or Video.....

Leslie, it's enlightened people like you and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum who are the hope of the future of the Florida Democratic Party. Florida needs a two party system to be fair and balanced and so does each party. The Democratic Party lost that balance and then lost the majority and every major State office. The Federal Democratic party hasn't fared any better. Be alert however because it seems the Florida Republican Party has allowed in an old Democratic ally, the Florida Trial Bar, and they are ripping apart of the Republican Party just as they did with the Democratic Party, placing Greed above the citizens of the State of Florida.

You were there, leslie? So was I. You must have been hiding in the corner, or in disguise, because if I had seen you I would have alerted my friends in the AUTHORIZED Democratic Women's Club. Readers, leslie is lying again when she says the old guard of Fla Dems has not stood up for blacks.

Stop lying the authorized Democratic Women's Club is full of a bunch of old racist. The most y'all can manage is petty slights. Didn't you guys once remove a woman from your executive committee and the excuse was she wouldn't have time to serve because she was pregnant.

Nope, sorry Diane Brown. Leslie isn't lying, and she was there. I'm sure you saw her just like most people did. You just probably were scared to say anything in person for fear she'd slap your mangy self silly. In fact, I saw her there Sunday with her DAAWC t-shirt on. Be quiet Diane. You are part of the problem.

Dang straight I have a fear. You don't watch the videos?

Wow! That has to be the most racist, sexist, and elitist thing I have ever heard. While your fear of strong Black Women is dually noted, you should more worried about Ms. Wimes defeating you in a debate, not a brawl. And so far, sir, that is a debate she is clearly winning.

You insult the REAL stronge black women when you imply leslie is one of them. Leslie is nothing but a loud mouth bully with a personal vindeta against the Democratic Party.

You can't even spell vendetta, Mangy Diane. crawl back under your rock.

Well Leslie, they probably kept quiet because they knew you would pull their hair out and scratch their eyeballs out. We've all seen those brawls in Wal-Mart You-tube videos.

Diane, you want to be more specific about those videos? Why are you scared? If the so-called Authorized Democratic Women Caucus inclusive, A Democratic African American Women Caucus would not have to surface. You club has not in no recent time championed the issues faced by black women and black mothers. So, YES, you should be scared, not about videos, but that we are coming to intellectually whoop your asses. Black women are leading the charge and we are coming to sit at that table. You'be been warned.

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