News Media Not Allowed to Sit in Democrat Executive Committee Meeting

By: La"Tasha Givens Email
By: La"Tasha Givens Email

Tallahassee, Florida --

A political flier left on the cars of African American church go-ers has some democratic candidates in an uproar.

The flier that's caused so much controversy in the Leon County Democratic Party highlights three African Americans who will appear on the November ballot. But what is left out are the white candidates who are running, some even for the same position. That's created a major rift in the local chapter.

A closed door emergency meeting was called tonight 10/5 to discuss this hot button issue. Raised voices could be heard outside during parts of the meeting. Close to 4,000 fliers were placed on cars at about fifty predominately black churches on Sunday 10/3. Many recipients thought it came from the Leon County Democratic Party and the organization endorsed certain candidates. But leaders say that's not the case. It was created and distributed by Jon Ausman who is part of the committee but did this on his own.

"The intention was to try to educate and motivate voters. Obviously I didn't do it in the way that was best for the committee. If you want to get people to vote, you try to specifically reach out to them in a positive way. It's unfortunate that I did not get permission from the membership and I regret that, says, Ausman.

Leon County Democratic Party Chairman Larry Simmons says, "We just want the voters to know that we will never under any circumstances other than when we set the process, that we would never chose one democrat over the other. So me personally and the committee, are rooting for all democrats."

The organization plans to create a tabloid with all the democrat candidates to promote everyone. Simmons says the organization's bi-laws allows them to endorse a candidate if they decide to but that clearly is not what happened in this case.

As for Ausman, he says he was not paid by any of those campaigns and has actually contributed to those who weren't on the flier. Leaders say they may consider taking disciplinary action against Ausman after the election.

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Tallahassee, FL - An emergency meeting of the Demcrat Executive Committee has been closed to the local media. The meeting had been called to discuss flyers that were posted predominantly at black churches.

The meeting was to have been open to the local media, but as a voluntary organization, the Democrat Executive Committee decided to exercise their right to close their doors to the media.

Committee representatives tell WCTV they will speak with the media after the meeting. That meeting began shortly after 5:30 p.m.

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  • by Usually Location: Tallahassee on Oct 16, 2010 at 04:44 PM
    I usually post using my name but not on this one. I don't want a Million Man March, the NAACP, or ACLU on my front lawn. Ono, there s no such animal as equality. Even after the Republicans ended segregation that wasn't enough. I think the term that best describes todays climate would be reverse dicrimination. Think about what would happen if a member of FSU's board of trustees made a comment like " historically white college "? Wear a uniform and watch someone recieve preferential points toward promotion because of race..... Then tell how those rose colored glasses are working out for you...
  • by Pablo Location: Tallahassee on Oct 6, 2010 at 09:06 AM
    A few points here. 1) Given the context of the story (a flier only recognizing Black Democratc candidates), it is relevant to note the Jon Ausman is a middle-aged White guy, and has for decades been in leadership of both the Leon County and State Democratic Party Organizations. 2) Most folks who know Mr. Ausman probably would probably agree that he leans towards "the end justifies the means" political tactics. Not saying he's dishonest, rather that he does not hesitate to "take off the gloves" and mix it up. 3) The official local party organizations (LCDEC & LCREC) are established by Florida Statutes, but are NOT subject to Sunshine Law. If they were, neither party could engage in strategic or tactical planning without the other side sitting in the room to listen. They are NOT government organizations.
  • by ono on Oct 6, 2010 at 07:02 AM
    Come on people, we are all sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, brothers & sisters. WAKE UP color is only skin deep. Why does so many things always go back to the 40 & 50's way of thinking. We are all equal. It would be nice to see race not even a question on anything. Your either a good person or a bad person color doesn't make that choose you yourself do.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 6, 2010 at 05:55 AM
    How does one determine if an unoccupied vehicle belongs to an American who came from Africa?
  • by rob Location: tally on Oct 6, 2010 at 05:49 AM
    And remember, this is the most transparent govt ever....thats what I remember being told...I guess they are not...its not like there isnt already enough proof of backroom, closed door dealings...
  • by GG Location: Perry on Oct 6, 2010 at 04:20 AM
    It all should be open To the poeple I donot care if they are Rep.or Dem.All the money comes out our pockets.We all pay one way or the other.
  • by WC Location: Jasper on Oct 6, 2010 at 04:07 AM
    Are you really that naive Rick? This is why we're (US) in the shape we are. The public just can't perceive what takes place behind the cameras,and of course the cameras only tell what their controllers allow!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 5, 2010 at 03:43 PM
    Is this part of the Democrats transparent government. What are they hiding?
  • by Rick Location: Tallahassee on Oct 5, 2010 at 03:43 PM
    I,m glad you [WCTV]picked up on this & hope you do your follow-up at 11:00 pm. Can't imagine a Democratic committee having anything to hide from the public.
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