Facing a barrage of criticism over his anti-Christian tirade at the Democratic National Convention, Mark Alan Siegel, the chairman of the Democratic Party of Palm Beach County, resigned on Friday.
Florida Rep. Joe Abruzzo, D-Wellington, called for Siegel’s resignation, while former Florida House Majority Leader and Republican congressional candidate Adam Hasner called Siegel’s remarks “ignorant, intolerant and insulting.”
Palm Beach County Democratic Chairman Mark Alan Siegel has rejected a call from Florida Democratic Party Chairman Rod Smith to resign over Siegel’s statement that fundamentalist Christians want to see Jews “slaughtered.”Siegel instead will take an “indefinite leave of absence,” Smith said after huddling with Siegel and Palm Beach County Tax Collector Anne Gannon and state Rep. Lori Berman for about an hour this morning at the Florida delegation hotel.
“Today I asked for Mark Alan Siegel’s resignation. He has declined. He is embarrassed and humiliated by his inappropriate comments and has requested an indefinite leave of absence, which I have granted. Effective immediately he has been removed from his responsibilities,” Smith said in a statement. “We condemn in the strongest possible manner his comments which are not reflective of the Democratic Party.”
County Democratic Vice Chairwoman Terrie Rizzo will take over Siegel’s responsibilities.
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