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One name noticeably missing from speaker’s list this year at huge Florida Democratic event

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Talk about a fall from grace…

The Florida Democratic Party is having its annual fundraising dinner Saturday in the district of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, yet the beleaguered lawmaker is not among the listed speakers.

The party released the speaker lineup for the event earlier this week, which features former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bill Nelson, the Palm Beach Post reported. Three Democratic candidates running for governor in 2018 will also appear in a panel discussion.

Hell, even the violent cop-hating group Black Lives Matter is getting stage time, with “activist” DeRay McKesson moderating a “Resistance Panel.”

But no Wasserman Schultz among the more than two dozen names on the list.

The “toxic” pro-Hillary Clinton Democrat was forced out as head of the DNC after a treasure trove of embarrassing emails released through Wikileaks showed the party favored Clinton over Sen. Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential primary.

And that controversy still lingers.

The Post referenced a column written by Leslie Wimes, president of the Democratic African-American Women’s Caucus, which claimed Wasserman Schultz may speak.

Wimes said “putting the most divisive figure in recent Florida Democratic political history on stage at its biggest fundraising event will be a big mistake.”

Tim Canova, who plans to challenge Wasserman Schultz in 2018, said on Facebook that the party “backed down” from a decision to have her speak.

He included a 2016 tweet from NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell:

“The Florida Democratic Party (FDP) has reportedly come to its senses and backed down from its plan to have Debbie Wasserman Schultz give the welcoming address at its upcoming Blue Gala,” Canova wrote.

The party did not comment on whether Wasserman Schultz was originally scheduled or nixed as a result of the blowback, according to The Post.


Tom Tillison


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