Aghast Manny Diaz suspends campaign activity to lead Florida Democratic Party amid D.C. unrest
FDP Chair Diaz wants divestment from Russia.

Manny A. Diaz FDP
Diaz said the country needs to focus on surviving 'coup attempt.'

Former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz announced late Wednesday he is suspending his campaign activity to become chair of the Florida Democratic Party “until further notice,” saying it’s time to deal with “this disgraceful coup attempt” in Washington.

Diaz, like many other candidates in the Florida Democratic Party’s election set for Saturday, thoroughly condemned the breach and ransacking of the U.S. Capitol by rioters supporting President Donald Trump‘s false claims that the November election of Joe Biden was fraudulent.

“In light of the horrifying and unprecedented events taking place now at the United States Capitol, we are suspending until further notice all efforts related to the FDP Chair election and focusing our thoughts and work on making sure our country survives this disgraceful coup attempt that was instigated and inspired by Donald Trump. Donald Trump’s selfish disregard and lack of moral compass has incited violence like this over and over again,” Diaz stated in a release.

He remains in the running. Just not working the trail, for the moment.

Citing Trump’s video message to rioters and his earlier speech to them outside the White House, Diaz added, “He calls domestic terrorists like these patriots, while tear-gassing peaceful protesters calling for racial equity and justice and calling them thugs and terrorists. This is absolutely deplorable.

“For many like myself, who came to the United States from other shores, seeking refuge and sanctuary from totalitarianism, today’s events both shock our conscience and shake our souls,” Diaz continued. “I never thought I would live to revisit that experience here in America. Please join me in saying a prayer for our country, for our fellow Americans and that we emerge from this shameful episode more united and more committed to preserve, protect and defend our government of the people, by the people and for the people.”

“It’s a sad day for our nation,” tweeted Orange County Democratic Chair Wes Hodge. “We are witnessing an active attempt to overthrow our government. Those storming the Capitol should be dealt with accordingly.”

“This is crazy!” tweeted Nikki Barnes, a former member of the Democratic National Committee representing Florida.

Others running to be the FDP chair are Hillsborough County Democratic Chair Ione Townsend, Alachua County Democratic Chair Cynthia Moore Chestnut, and Democratic Environmental Caucus of Florida Chair Janelle Christensen.

Scott Powers

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at [email protected]


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