Democratic Black Caucus endorses Nikki Fried for Governor
Nikki Fried gets thumbs up from the Democratic Black Caucus. Image via Twitter.

Fried spoke this weekend at the group's annual conference in Orlando.

The Democratic Black Caucus of Florida endorsed Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried for Governor. That could be a critical bit of support as Fried faces U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist in a Democratic primary.

“This endorsement means everything to me, my team, and our supporters fighting to beat Ron DeSantis,” said Fried.

An official affiliate of the Florida Democratic Party, the caucus was formed in 1983 to amplify the voice of approximately 3 million Black Democratic voters registered to vote in Florida.

The endorsement came through a vote at the caucus’ annual conference Sunday in Orlando. About 67% of votes went to Fried, while 25% went for Crist and 8% went for state Sen. Annette Taddeo.

The Democratic primary will be decided on Aug. 23. The winning will challenge Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis in the general election.

Fried took quickly to social media to thank the organization for its endorsement.

“This endorsement means everything to me! Thank you, Democratic Black Caucus of Florida!” Fried tweeted. “Together, we’re going to make history, beat Ron DeSantis, and do so much for so many. Thank you!”

Of note, Fried and Taddeo both attended the event, but Crist did not show up for a panel there.

Fried seemed to jab at his absence.

“Let me be very clear — Black voters are the backbone of our Party, and too many candidates think they can phone it in and call it a day,” Fried said. “But that’s not how this works.”

Crist, for his part, issued a press release Sunday touting support from over 70 Black political leaders.

“Our campaign is building a movement to defeat Ron DeSantis, and the concerns of Black Floridians are at the forefront of this fight,” Crist said. “Whether it’s protecting the right to vote or improving public schools, centering Black Floridians as a key part of our coalition to defeat Ron DeSantis is paramount. Together, with these leaders behind us, we can and will defeat Governor DeSantis, and create a Florida that works for all Floridians.”

Fried said she has worked through the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to amplify the needs of minorities in the state.

“From day one of my administration, I have broadened the power and influence of Black farmers, business owners, and advocates,” she said, “and that’s exactly what I’m going to do as the next Governor of Florida.”

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


  • Impeach Biden

    May 22, 2022 at 4:07 pm

    Nikki finally gets someone / some group to endorse her. She still stands no chance at all. Bye bye Nikki.

  • Randal Garden

    May 22, 2022 at 6:53 pm

    Why do the liberals keep trying to destroy this country. Fried is part of the mess in Washington I lived there for 55 years and saw it first hand. This green deal is nothing but a front for communism to control the masses and make the rich and powerful more in control. In Europe the call the green deal supporters watermelons green on the outside but red on the in side. Just think about that before yo vote or buy an electric car. Oh and where are the green people going to put all those lithium batteries once they fail? They can’t be recycled.

    • Karla

      May 27, 2022 at 7:55 am

      Go back to the swamp where you came from, we have enough yankee carpet baggin pieces of sh-t here.

  • martin

    May 23, 2022 at 7:14 am

    that and $5.00 won’t buy her a gallon of gas. Bye, bye…

  • Cortagus

    May 24, 2022 at 1:16 pm

    Nikki Fried is so corrupt that her toes are starting to rust. She is a Big Sugar ars kisser. I agree with these comments. Demonrats have got to go. DeSantis is #1 on our list.

  • Claude Kirk the younger

    May 25, 2022 at 2:43 pm

    Sadly none of the commenters get the point or if they do they are too shy to address it.
    This is sadly about a bunch of old school out of touch members of the Democratic Black Caucus who think Nikki gives a damn about their constituancy. No one in their constituancy gives a damn about the weed lady either. Its just sad what passes for politics in Florida this year.

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  • teeley

    May 29, 2022 at 11:52 am

    of course a white caucus would be “raciss”.

    • Impeach Biden

      May 29, 2022 at 2:48 pm

      Reverse racism is alive and well.

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