Skip to comments.Democrats bicker as they try to heal[Obama FL fin. chair sends obscenity-laced email toHil activist]
Posted on 06/14/2008 12:08:12 PM PDT by John Jorsett
Florida Democrats will gather Saturday night in Hollywood looking for unity after one of the most fractious primary seasons ever.
But just two weeks after Democrats thought they had mostly put the debacle over Florida's delegates behind them, party faithful are bickering over who will get to attend the national convention in Denver in August.
The back-and-forth was mostly conducted behind the scenes -- until party activist Jon Ausman sent a blast e-mail late Thursday featuring obscenity-laced excerpts of e-mails he received from Kirk Wagar, Barack Obama's finance chairman for Florida. Wagar's e-mails rip Ausman -- and the state's top Democrat, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, who had backed Hillary Clinton but supported Obama after he became the presumptive nominee.
The highlights of Wagar's e-mail: ``You [Ausman] f---ed us. We are dealing with it. You need to accept the fact that you f---ed us.''
And of Nelson: ``I am getting very sick of Nelson making a bad situation worse.''
Wagar promptly responded with an e-mail apologizing for the profanity but suggesting Ausman had used ''out of context snippets'' from ''ongoing and sometimes heated arguments'' the two had. He also said he had not maligned Nelson. He said Friday that he had ''made a mistake'' but hoped those who know him ``know my passion is for the right thing and not self-interest.''
At issue is the Obama campaign's desire to name some of its loyalists as delegates, replacing others who are committed to Obama but were picked by state party insiders.
Josh Earnest, spokesman for the campaign, said he expected any hard feelings to vanish before November, ``that a minor dispute over hotel rooms in Denver pales in comparison to the significance of the issues in dispute at this election.''
Obama's campaign plans to train some 400 volunteers this weekend in what it has said is one of the biggest mobilization efforts the state has seen; the Republican Party of Florida will be running a statewide voter registration drive this weekend, targeting, among others, Hispanics in South Florida.
The Democratic delegate spat comes as the party seeks to heal wounds that emerged between the Obama and Clinton camps over seating of the state's delegation. Two weeks ago, the Democratic National Committee agreed to seat the entire delegation -- with a half-vote for each -- at the convention. Clinton, who won the Florida primary, had pushed to seat all the delegates.
The state party announced that Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, a fervent Clinton supporter who quickly endorsed Obama, would headline the party's Jefferson-Jackson dinner Saturday at the Westin Diplomat to ``help bring our party together once and for all.''
State Rep. Dan Gelber, a Miami Beach Democrat and Obama supporter, said he expects the dispute will be but a ``blip.''
''We're a highly charged party transitioning from a contentious primary to a general election,'' Gelber said. ``This is a blip that will be forgotten moments after it's written about.''
And Nelson brushed off the dispute, a spokesman said, calling it ``much ado about nothing.''
Jon Ausman: moniker “Sammi1953.”
Sammi1953 lists himself as “A 52 year old straight switch male from North, Florida, United States.”
“switch male” - “a person who can assume both the dominant and submissive role in sado-masochistic scenarios.”
DNC member Jon Ausman of Tallahassee, a veteran campaign strategist, endorsed Kucinich.
Ausman, who was a John Kerry supporter when Kucinich ran in 2004
Jon Ausman, a superdelegate from Florida
Tallahassee Democratic activist Jon Ausman - the man at the center of the fight to reinstate Floridas presidential nominating convention delegates
Ausman, a state employee
Jon Ausman, the dean of Florida’s Democratic National Committee delegation
Ausman, a longtime Bill and Hillary Clinton supporter who said his house is adorned with “gobs of pictures” of himself with the Clintons
HATRED FOR WHITES:
From Dreams of My Father, “ I FOUND A SOLACE IN NURSING A PERVASIVE SENSE OF GRIEVANCE AND ANIMOSITY AGAINST MY MOTHER’S RACE”.
From ‘Dreams of my Father’, “THE EMOTION BETWEEN THE RACES COULD NEVER BE PURE...THE OTHER RACE WOULD ALWAYS REMAIN JUST THAT; MENACING, ALIEN AND APART.”
From ‘Dreams of My Father’,
“I CEASED TO ADVERTISE MY MOTHER’S RACE AT THE AGE OF 12 OR 13, WHEN I BEGAN TO SUSPECT THAT BY DOING SO I WAS INGRATIATING MYSELF TO WHITES.”
From Dreams Of My Father, “NEVER EMULATE THE WHITE MEN and brown men whose fates didn’t speak to my own. IT WAS INTO MY FATHER’S IMAGE, THE BLACK MAN, SON OF AFRICA, THAT I’D PACKED ALL THE ATTRIBUTES I SOUGHT IN MYSELF”.
From Dreams Of My Father:
“THAT HATE HADN’T GONE AWAY,” he wrote, BLAMING “WHITE PEOPLE some cruel, some IGNORANT, sometimes a single face, sometimes just a faceless image of a system claiming power over our lives.”
From Dreams Of My Father;
“There were enough of us on campus to constitute a tribe, and when it came to hanging out many of us chose to function like a tribe, staying close together, traveling in packs,” he wrote. “IT REMAINED NECESSARY TO PROVE WHICH SIDE YOU WERE ON, TO SHOW YOUR LOYALTY TO THE BLACK MASSES, TO STRIKE OUT, AND NAME NAMES. “
From Dreams Of My Father, “I HAD GROWN ACCUSTOMED , everywhere, TO SUSPICIONS BETWEEN THE RACES.”
LOVE OF ISLAM
Quote from Barack Obama’s book, Dreams Of My Father:
“THE PERSON WHO MADE ME PROUDEST OF ALL, though, was [HALF BROTHER ] ROY .. HE CONVERTED TO ISLAM” .
From ‘Dreams of my Father’, “IN INDONESIA, I HAD SPENT TWO YEARS AT A MUSLIM SCHOOL.”
“I STUDIED THE KORAN.”
From ‘Audacity of Hope: “LOLO (Obama’s step father) FOLLOWED .. ISLAM...” “I LOOKED TO LOLO FOR GUIDANCE”.
From ‘The Audacity Of Hope, “I WILL STAND WITH THE MUSLIMS SHOULD THE POLITICAL WINDS SHIFT IN AN UGLY DIRECTION.”
From The Audacity Of Hope, “WE ARE NO LONGER just A CHRISTIAN NATION..We ARE also a Jewish nation, A MUSLIM NATION, a Buddhist nation, a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers.”
Kirk Wagar: “Whew! That’s the last time I’ll include comments from the dailycuss site in an e-mail!” :)
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