[UPDATE] Members of Local Political Group Divided

By: Candace Sweat Email
By: Candace Sweat Email

UPDATED 1/27/2011 at 12:10am By Candace Sweat

A local political group is divided by their differences, and now the group's chairwoman is speaking out about the dilemma.

The Leon County Democratic Executive Committee are bickering over what some members are calling an election scam.

They say Committee Chair, Teri Cariota, was voted into her position at a December 6th meeting while some members were absent.

They also claim that minutes taken from another December meeting do not accurately reflect what actually happened and that several members are trying to cover up the alleged voting scam.

Cariota says the allegations are untrue, and that some are simply upset that she won the position.

"I won 57 to 8, I believe was the vote count, and the election was subsequently certified on December 10th. Lets move forward, and that's all I'm asking is lets move forward," said Cariota.

The state Democratic Party will review the dilemma on February 12th and decide whether the December 6th vote is admissible.
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The tension was extremely thick at Monday night's meeting for the Democratic Executive Committee. The meeting was called to order around 7 and by 8, members were still arguing over approval of last month's minutes. But some say they have good reason to be upset.

Some members of the group argue that Committee Chair, Teri Cariota, was voted into her position at a December 6th meeting while some members were absent, therefore, making the vote inadmissible because they were never told about the December 6th meeting.

They also claim that the minutes taken from another December meeting do not accurately reflect what actually happened, and that several members are trying to cover up the alleged illegal vote.

Mayor John Marks attended the meeting and urged members to put their differences aside.

"I'm not going to tolerate divisiveness at this level. I'm going to let you know we're going to work together," said Marks.

The state Democratic Party will review the dilemma on February 12th and decide whether the December 6th vote is admissible. In the meantime, Carita says she is the the group's chairwoman and will act as such.


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  • by charlesg Location: tallahassee on Jan 28, 2011 at 05:02 PM
    You Republicans have the nerve to talk. When will you all take responsibility for this mess that you president Bush put us in. Were you all complaining when he was digging this hole? Hell no!! Now a man is trying to dig us out and you are still complaining. As long as Bush was wasting money on this useless war and making oil companies rich you were happy. Look in the mirror. You are in no better position that us divided Democrats. The rich republicans care less about you than they do the Democrats.
  • by ga. boy Location: ga. on Jan 27, 2011 at 10:24 AM
    WHO CARES.... they will be divided when they get elected into office, thats why nothing is every done. look at washington...house divided will not stand...why we are in the mess we are in...only want votes, whats good for the party so we can get votes
  • by Franklin Thompson Location: Tallahassee on Jan 27, 2011 at 08:34 AM
    Divided amongst themselves, divided from conservatives, thus divided from the United States of America. The sorry thing is they are the suction in the drain that takes everyone down with them.
  • by PrezNixon Location: tallytown on Jan 27, 2011 at 06:45 AM
    They are taking orders from their leader in the WH....cheat, lie, attack, cheat some more, steal, tell more lies. Very typical of the modern democratic party.
  • by Dee Location: Tallahassee on Jan 27, 2011 at 05:24 AM
    Re: the snake eating itself comment - that was really funny! But really, even a snake wouldn't act like this group.
  • by Eaton, Jacob on Jan 26, 2011 at 01:54 PM
    Charles I agree with you.
  • by Charles G Location: Tallahassee on Jan 26, 2011 at 10:49 AM
    Only a coward hides behind the name "ANONYMOUS". If you can stand by your words and you are correct, why hide yourself. I've never hide behid a tree and throw a rock. I'm going to do it in an open field. The Leon Democratic Executive Committee needs to understand it's not for a few it for all Democrats. Those who are crying racism are just hitting foul balls in my opinion. Get to the real issues and race is not one of them.
  • by Charles G Location: Tallahassee on Jan 26, 2011 at 10:45 AM
    Let me make this clear. I don't run from anyone and i will speak my mind. If the truth hurts, grab an icepack. I have never mentioned the race card in the fight. Those who are pulling the race card are wrong. It was nothing racial about the election. When you fail to prepare, you can prepare to fail. The election was carried out on the correct date in my opinion. If you allow officers inside the committee to conduct illegal business you will have division like you have. Terri, was not in a position to qualify to run for the Chair position. Only the Credentials Chair had the power to put her in a precinct as a voting member. The Recording Secretary does not have that power, but took it upon himself to commit this illegal act. If you want to do something, i say right the ship. Stop making excuses and operate by your bylaws and not your opinions. Now Mr. Jim Smith you are the State Chairman. You are the one who can clean this matter and close it. Now, i see no racial tone in my opinion.
  • by Anonymous2 Location: Leon County on Jan 25, 2011 at 10:50 PM
    Neither the state party nor the current county chair did anything to disenfranchise the African American community. Ms. Cariota had/has the support of many African American members of the committee. It is her predecessor who disenfranchised his own community by telling his own supporters to not show up at the election that he himself called. When he didn't have the votes to win he tried to stack the deck with new members who were not even properly vetted. When that didn't work he tried to change the date of the election to a date AFTER his term expired. When that didn't work, he and his "minions" began filing complaints with the state party. What's next? They can spend hours wasting time preventing approval of minutes; they can spend weeks and months wasting time filing new complaints; or they can get on board, give Cariota a chance just as she gave her predecessor a chance in spite of his lack of experience; and MOVE FORWARD towards the goal of getting good Democrats elected!!!
  • by Anonymous1 Location: Leon County on Jan 25, 2011 at 10:31 PM
    Obsidian should change his name to oblivious because he is oblivious to the truth. A political hack is defined as a politician who belongs to a small clique that controls a political party for private rather than public ends. This may describe the person who recruited and pulled the strings of her inexperienced predecessor, but not her. She has donated thousands of hours volunteering her time to candidates and to the party for no compensation, while others have made thousands of dollars for themselves from candidates thru the use of their position in the party. She was not "anointed" by anyone. The former state party chair had absolutely NOTHING to do with her decision to run for county chair, a decision that wasn't even made until November. And yet a small handful of losers are falsely accusing the winners of falsifying documents from 9 months earlier. The staff of the state party have conducted themselves in a professional and unbiased manner. IT IS TIME TO MOVE FORWARD!
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