Miami, Jan 10: Florida Democratic Party (FDP) chairman, Cuban-American Manny Diaz announced his resignation as head of the formation following a poor election result in the last midterm elections held on November 8.
“After giving it much thought, I regret to inform you that I have decided to retire as chairman of the FDP, effective immediately,” Diaz said in a letter to the Democratic Executive Committee on Monday night. serve the party and that he would continue to “fight for the Democrats to get elected”.
The former mayor of Miami-Dade County, Florida’s most populous county, assumed the FDP presidency after the 2020 elections, but a Republican “red wave” practically swept the state in the 2022 midterms.
In fact, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis won re-election by nearly 20 percentage points over his challenger, Democrat Charlie Crist, and Cuban-born Senator Marco Rubio defeated Democratic Rep. Val Demings by a wide margin.
DeSantis’ landslide victory was in stark contrast to the narrow victory he had achieved four years earlier, when he won the governorship by less than one percentage point, and put an end to his future candidacy for the White House, as that was predicted by some media.
Rubio’s victory is seen as another sign of voters in this state leaning toward the Republican Party, something that can be seen by the large differences between the senator and the governor regarding their opponents.
Diaz said that Florida Democrats cannot win the election if they “continue to rely on voter registration to increase turnout, build field operations only around elections, and without engaging voters where they live.” Hope to get votes, earn their trust.” ,
In another electoral contest in the midterm elections, Congresswoman María Elvira Salazar also handily defeated Democrat Annette Taddeo.
The FDP is expected to vote for new leaders when its executive and central committees meet this month in the Florida city of Maitland.
In 2021, Republicans lead in registered voters in Florida, an aspect of the electoral process in which Democrats traditionally have the upper hand.