On the eve of the Florida Democratic Convention in Tampa this weekend, Attorney Rod Vereen, Democratic candidate for Miami-Dade State Attorney, files Miami-Dade Democratic Executive Committee Party Loyalty Complaint against 20-Year Incumbent Kathy Fernandez Rundle.
"I believe that Kathy Rundle has violated her Loyalty to the Democratic Party by word and deed. She has been outspoken in her contempt for having only Democrats vote in a Democratic Primary. She is actively recruiting Republicans to change party to vote for her. Finally, she is informing Republicans that change party to vote for her, that they need not vote for any other Democrat in the general election, including Obama and every other Democrat on the ticket in November. She's making a mockery of the Democrat Party and should have run for State Attorney as a Republican with integrity". – Rod Vereen
Kathy Rundle's campaign website (as of 5/31/12) is actively soliciting Republicans to switch parties to vote for her in the primary and also telling them not to vote for any other Democrat in the general election. She states that a Democratic Primary somehow, "excludes Republican and Independent supporters from voting...in the August 14th, 2012 election, even though it will determine who will be the State Attorney for the next four years. If you want to help re-elect Kathy, you now have only until July 16th, 2012 to register as a Democrat. This will not obligate you to vote for any other Democratic candidate in any future general election." (www.katherinefernandezrundle.com/voter-information)
Its astonishing that the Democratic Nominee for Miami-Dade State Attorney for the past 20 years is asking Republicans to change party and telling these prospective new Democratic voters not to vote for the President of the United States and the Democratic Ticket in November. All Democratic Candidates for Office in Miami Dade should know that this County Wide Democrat will not support their candidacies. This is an embarrassment to the Florida Democratic Party and on August 14th we will put an end to this mockery. Ms. Rundle has broke ranks with our party and its up to the Miami-Dade Democratic Party to break ranks with her.
The Rod Vereen campaign has formally filed a complaint with the Miami Dade Executive Committee. The Miami Dade DEC Chairman, Richard Lydecker, must forward the complaint to the Rules and By-Laws Committee, which then appoints a Special Committee to investigate and hold a hearing. This hearing will include an invitation to Kathy Rundle and the Rod Vereen Campaign to present evidence where "fundamental fairness shall govern the Special Committee activities" (Miami Dade DEC By-Laws).
On June 4th @ 7pm, Rod Vereen will address the Miami-Dade Democratic Executive Committee at the America Legion Hall post #29, 6445 NE 7th Avenue, Miami, FL