[UPDATE] Fla. Freshman Democrat "Intimidated" By Own Party

By: Troy Kinsey Email
By: Troy Kinsey Email

[UPDATE] 5-5 9:51 -

Rep. Daphne Campbell, D-Miami, held a news conference outside the House chamber on Wednesday to continue to demand apologies from her Democratic colleagues for an incident she claims happened after she voted with Republicans on a couple of measures earlier this week. Campbell says Rep. Scott Randolph, D-Orlando, threw a pen at her and yelled at her after she voted for an anti-abortion measure. Campbell says she’ll remain a Democrat, but that the leaders of the caucus and Randolph owe her an apology. Other House Democrats held a news conference a short time later at which some who sit near Campbell on the floor said they didn’t see the incident she says happened – and in a bizarre piece of theater showed video of the floor that day that doesn’t appear to show anything out of the ordinary in the minutes after the abortion vote. House Democratic spokesman Mark Hollis also said that House Minority Leader Ron Saunders, D-Key West, who sent out a public apology for the perceived slight earlier this week, also had already apologized privately, as had Randolph. Campbell said both still owe her an apology. Campbell also alleged earlier this week that unnamed Democrats “held me hostage” in the “bubble” conference room at the back of the House chamber after the incident in an effort to keep her quiet about it.
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Tallahassee, Florida 5-5 7:53am

She was one of the few Democrats to vote yes on a package of Republican abortion bills, and now, state representative Daphne Campbell claims she's being intimidated by members of her own party, and asking for a public apology.

Daphne Campbell is blazing new territory here in Tallahassee.

A freshman Democrat with unique views and a loud voice.

Just last week, Campbell joined with the house's majority republicans in approving legislation to restrict access to abortion.

Campbell claims that after the vote, Orlando democrat Scott Randolph tossed a stack of documents in her face and threw her pen in the trash.

The House Democratic Leader publicly condemned the outburst.

Campbell announced she is now demanding a public apology from Randolph and the democratic caucus:

"It is extremely sad that abortion can be published and promoted but my opinion can be tarnished and scandalized. It is absurdly wrong, it is extremely unfair for any Democratic member to be treated that way!"

Randolph has yet to comment publicly on the matter, but has implied Campbell's abortion vote could cost her re-election.

He does say he offered a private apology.

In the wake of the 2010 election, house Democrats now make up just one-third of the 120-member chamber.

Republicans have what's known as a super-majority, giving them near-absolute authority to set the agenda, limit debate, and pass even highly controversial legislation.


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  • by Isaac Goldberg Location: Avenura, Florida on May 6, 2011 at 05:50 AM
    Randolph committed a hate crime on the floor of the Florida House. He is a racist extremist that acts as if he were on a plantation and Haitian-American Rep. Daphne Campbell was his slave. Randolph is an embarrassment to the House of Representatives and Gov. Rick Scott must take steps to remove him from office for this hate crime. If you prize freedom and the Rule of Law, contact Gov. Rick Scott and tell him Randolph MUST BE REMOVED FROM OFFICE NOW! Silence is Violence! Stop the bullying in the Florida House.
  • by Kris on May 6, 2011 at 05:47 AM
    This is utter insanity. In case the general public isn't aware, words are not weapons. He did not physical hurt Campbell. No rocks thrown, no bullets, no knife. What sickens me is that she has the nerve to call herself a "victim of an altercation!" Oh Boo Frikkin HOO! You got yelled at, and you need to grow up. The fact that you quoted the Xtian Bible on the House floor would be enough for be to help you get replaced in the next election. This issue has nothing to do with race. It has to do with people who lost their tempers and don't know how to react. "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names (or words) will never hurt me!" ...THERE is the lesson! If anything when she uttered "Thou Shalt Not Kill" and then openly proclaiming her faith to have been her guide, her vote on any and all abortion measures should've been tossed out because her vote violates the First Amendment!
  • by Isaac Goldberg Location: Avenura, Florida on May 6, 2011 at 05:22 AM
    Randolph committed a hate crime on the floor of the Florida House. He is a racist extremist that acts as if he were on a a plantation and Haitian-American Rep. Daphne Campbell was his slave. Randolph is an embarrassment to the House of Representatives and Gov. Rick Scott must take steps to remove him from office for this hate crime. If you prize freedom and the Rule of Law, contact Gov. Rick Scott and tell him Randolph MUST BE REMOVED FROM OFFICE NOW! Silence is Violence! Stop the bullying in the Florida House.
  • by David Location: Tally on May 5, 2011 at 02:55 PM
    This is one of the reasons I probably won't waste my time voting next election. Until they put term limits on the ballot which would stop this ole boy networking, voting is a waste of time.
  • by Miami Shores resident Location: Miami Shores on May 5, 2011 at 01:56 PM
    Campbell is an embarrasment to Miami Shores and clearly was elected by a fluke. It has been reported in the press that she has properties in foreclosure, her husband filed for bankruptcy and her nursing homes killed people....the irony. And now this craziness!! She doesn't represent me and I vote!
  • by Miami Here on May 5, 2011 at 01:39 PM
    @Mike - Daphne didn't vote the best interests of her constituency, she voted her personal religious beliefs and said the vote was between her and G-d. She and I debated this issue the morning she had her Bible reading on the House Floor. Democratic Party National platform supports reproductive rights and access to health care. She showed an utter lack of respect for my best interest and my beliefs as a resident of Miami. As far as she is concerned G-d put her in the seat and not the voters. She is on record saying that. Ms. Espinoza I don't know who you are, but your press release is so out of line, I take it as seriously as Ms. Campbell's embellished version of what actually took place.
  • by Matt Location: Tallahassee on May 5, 2011 at 12:57 PM
    I love how all the people (err men & their wives) who support this bill have come out of the woodwork to support Ms. Campbell for her decision to vote against her party. The bills themselves are atrocious and frankly bordering on unconstitutional (Casey standard) , but I find a funny substory about how this woman who so clearly voted against her party is somehow surprised when party leaders want her replaced. To those who support her, would you have also supported a Republican U.S. Congressman or Senator who voted for the PPACA ("Obamacare")? Probably not, because you probably don't agree with the subject matter, therefore your decision is made. People have made up their mind on Campbell one way or the other based on the bill itself, not out of "dignity or respect."
  • by Judy Location: Aventura on May 5, 2011 at 11:50 AM
    SCOTT RANDOLPH’S BEHAVIOR IS APPALLING! The Democratic League of Miami-Dade should be commended for having the decency and the courage to vindicate the good name of the Democratic Party. The Democratic Party is not the Nazi Party and should not tolerate Nazi-like individuals such as Scott Randolph. No legislator should be assaulted, bullied, insulted, and threatened for exercising their constitutional right to vote on the floor of the Florida House. Scott Randolph is not fit to be a member of the Florida House of Representatives. The Florida House is NOT Randolph’s plantation and Rep. Daphne Campbell is NOT his slave! Randolph needs to be expelled from the House of Representative or, at the very least, formally censured for his utterly unbecoming hate crime. Anyone who minimizes Scott Randolph’s hate crime is an accessory after the fact. SILENCE IS VIOLENCE… against Daphne Campbell, against the Rule of Law, and against the People of Florida.
  • by Mike Location: Tallahassee on May 5, 2011 at 10:13 AM
    While I disapprove of this ridiculous measure that was being voted on, I agree that she should be allowed to vote how she feels she is best representing her constituency. She's there for the people, not her party. I'll support her actions, but not necessarily her decision.
  • by Crimson Brotha Location: Tallahassee on May 5, 2011 at 09:04 AM
    Uh huh! Ladies and gents, the real Democratic party has slowly but surely has been in a process of being exposed for who they are. Even their own members are not safe. Kudos for Rep Campbell on her vote. Maybe her eyes have been opened to to the hipocracy of the Dems party.
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