Democrats Kick Who Off The 2024 Ballot?

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In Florida, the state’s Democratic Party has made a controversial decision to leave Representative Dean Phillips of Minnesota, a lesser-known challenger to President Biden, off the primary ballot. This move effectively limits the choice of Florida’s Democratic voters to the incumbent president.

Responding to this exclusion, Rep. Phillips accused the Florida Democratic Party of unfair practices and hinted at potential legal action if he is not added to the ballot. In a statement to Politico, he expressed his disappointment, comparing the situation to a lack of democracy in places like Tehran, rather than what would be expected in Tallahassee. He emphasized that such voter disenfranchisement goes against the principles of both the Democratic Party and the United States.

The Florida Democratic Party, however, maintains that they have adhered to established protocols and been transparent about the balloting process. Nikki Fried, the chair of the Florida Democratic Party, criticized Phillips’ comparison of Florida to Iran as inappropriate and unbecoming for someone aspiring to higher office.

The timeline of events leading up to the ballot submission remains a point of contention between Phillips’ campaign and the state party. While the Florida primary is scheduled for March 19, Phillips’ campaign is considering legal action against the Florida Democratic Party and possibly the Democratic National Committee. This potential lawsuit echoes Bernie Sanders’ allegations during the 2016 primary, where he claimed the process was biased in favor of Hillary Clinton.

Phillips, who is relatively unknown to the broader American public, announced his presidential campaign on October 27, making him the first Democratic elected official to challenge President Biden for the nomination. Recently, he also declared that he would not seek re-election to Congress in 2024. He reflected on his journey in public service, emphasizing the importance of active participation in democracy and noting that after three terms, it’s time for new leadership.

Phillips, one of Congress’s wealthiest members, is an heir to the Phillips Distilling Company fortune and has previously served as president of both the distilling company and the gelato maker Talenti.

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