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Florida Democrats Face Backlash for Excluding Long-shot Biden Challenger from Primary Ballot

The Florida Democratic Party has stirred up controversy by excluding Rep. Dean Phillips of Minnesota, a long-shot challenger to President Biden, from the primary ballot. This move effectively leaves Democrats in Florida with only one option for a Democratic presidential candidate – the incumbent.

Phillips, in response, accused the Florida Democratic Party of engaging in foul play and threatened legal action if he was not included on the ballot. In a statement to a reputable news source, Phillips declared, “Americans would expect the absence of democracy in Tehran, not Tallahassee.

The intentional disenfranchisement of voters runs counter to everything for which our Democratic Party and country stand. Our mission as Democrats is to defeat authoritarians, not become them.”

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The party, however, asserts that it followed protocol and has been transparent about the balloting process. Florida Democratic Party chair Nikki Fried stated, “We are dismayed by Dean Phillips’ conspiracy-laden and inappropriate comments comparing the state of Florida to the Iranian regime as part of his knee-jerk reaction to long-established procedures.

This behavior is unbecoming of someone running for higher office.”

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Discrepancies have arisen between Phillips’ campaign and the Florida Democratic Party regarding when Phillips requested to be on the ballot. The state party submitted only Biden as a candidate for nomination. The Florida primary is scheduled for March 19.

Phillips’ campaign is now contemplating a lawsuit against the Florida Democratic Party and potentially even the Democratic National Committee. This move would mirror independent Bernie Sanders’ claims in 2016 that the primary process was biased against his presidential campaign in favor of Hillary Clinton.

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Phillips, although relatively unknown to most Americans, launched his presidential bid on October 27, becoming the first elected Democrat to challenge Biden for the nomination.

He announced recently that he will not seek reelection to Congress in 2024. In a statement, Phillips expressed, “My journey to public service began the morning after the 2016 election when I faced the reality that democracy requires participation – not observation. Seven years have passed, each presenting historic opportunities to practice a brand of optimistic politics that repairs relationships and improves people’s lives.

We have met those moments, and after three terms, it is time to pass the torch.”

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It is worth noting that Phillips is one of the wealthiest members of Congress and is an heir to his stepfather’s Phillips Distilling Company empire, which encompasses major vodka and schnapps brands. Previously, he served as the president of the company and also ran the gelato maker Talenti.

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