After urging fellow Democrats last week to be clear about why they “suck significantly less” than Republicans, Sen. Jeff Clemens is using last night’s Democratic losses in Georgia and South Carolina to drum up support for a critical special election in Miami.
“Georgia?! Screw that, we can actually WIN in Florida,” the subject line in an email sent by Clemens, a Lake Worth Democrat who’ll take over as minority leader next year, reads.
Clemens, in charge of raising money for Senate races, pointed out the differences between Senate District 40 — now open after former Sen. Frank Artiles, a Republican, was forced to resign earlier this year — and the congressional seat.
The Georgia race, reportedly the most expensive in history, was viewed nationally as a referendum on President Donald Trump.
“I know we’re upset. But if we spend our time worrying about a Congressional seat we normally lose by 20-30 points, we’re missing the real fight. The seats Dems lost last night were aspirational. They were seats no Democrat was supposed to win, we overperformed, etc. blah blah blah ad nauseum ad hominim expecto patronous,” Clemens wrote. “Whatever. Here’s the bottom line. Now is NOT the time to give up. Not when we have winnable races that matter.”
Clemens’s missive should delight Harry Potter fans.
The wizard invoked the “expecto patronous” (“I await a protector”) incantation to protect himself from Dementors.
Clemens goes on to advise that Democrats can win the Miami Senate seat, which Hillary Clinton carried last year.
“The most important thing about last night was it was proof that Dems can challenge almost any seat, if they have the following:
- A belief by Democrats well outside of the district that this race mattered and was winnable (as evidenced by the massive contributions to the campaign).
- Intense amounts of volunteerism, both inside and outside of the state.
- A willingness from both the campaign and the GA Democratic party to put differences and convention aside and have fun while winning.
Here at Flip Florida, we believe these are lessons that have direct application to SD40 here in Florida.”
The keys to winning, Clemens concludes, are money, “sign ups, likes and followers,” and one other thing not usually included in fundraising pitches —- “love (We just need it … Makes campaigning easier).”
Democrats Annette Taddeo and Ana Rivas Logan will face off in the special election primary on July 25. On the Republican side, state Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, former state Sen. Alex Diaz de la Portilla and lawyer Lorenzo Palomares are vying for the chance to replace Artiles, who was forced to step down after a vulgar tirade at a private club in Tallahassee. The special general election for the Miami-Dade County District 40 seat is slated for Sept. 26.