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After opposing anti-boycott legislation and losing his re-election bid earlier this month former Florida State Senator for Miami-Dade, Dwight Bullard, is running for Chair of the Florida Democratic Party (FDP). Bullard, a community activist whom the Miami Herald characterized as “a stalwart for his constituents for nearly a decade in both the House and Senate”, has faced an acrimonious campaign against him, backed by the Israel Project and members of Florida’s Jewish community. 

OK, I get it. Some Jewish people are upset with Dwight Bullard because he traveled with the Dream Defenders to Israel and their tour guide had ties to a terrorist organization.

You’ve voiced that. Over and over and over again. You did it during his primary. You did it during his general election.

You asked him for an explanation. He gave it to you. Over and over and over again.

That wasn’t good enough.

He lost his Senate seat.

That wasn’t good enough.

Exactly what is it that you want?

Bullard hanging from a tree? Bullard tied up and whipped? What exactly will make you happy? Let us know, because frankly you’re getting on my nerves.

Who vets their tour guide when they travel abroad? Do you? Does anybody?

And where are all the people who served with Dwight Bullard in the Legislature over the years, the people who know his passion, his heart, his capacity to fight? Not one of them can stand beside him now to stop this madness? Not one can speak out publicly on his behalf? Shameful.

Dwight Bullard is not an anti-Semite, but then again, you know that.

Dwight Bullard has no terrorist ties, but then again, you know that.

So what is the real issue here? What is really motivating this modern-day lynching that you are executing on this man?

I read the Nov. 14 story in The Miami Herald in which Mike Moskowitz, who raised over $1 million for Hillary Clinton, said he was waging an active campaign against Dwight, and that if Dwight became chair of the FDP, he would no longer contribute to the party and would encourage others to do the same.

I find that interesting.

Is Mr. Moskowitz actively pursuing Steve Bannon? Is he actively trying to figure out why AIPAC isn’t commenting on Bannon’s position in the White House, or does he only pick on people he can bully and get away with it?

Let’s be clear. Black people are not going to sit idly by and let this lynching of Bullard occur without response. Yes, Moskowitz and those like him can take their money away from the Florida Democratic Party, but Black people can take our VOTES away from the Democratic Party.

How is President Hillary Clinton working out for you guys?

Are you getting the picture? To repeat … Moskowitz raised over $1 million for Hillary. We didn’t turn out in numbers she needed and Hillary lost Florida. Now you tell me which was more consequential, Moskowitz’s money or the black vote?

Don’t play.

I keep saying, we’ve had enough of our votes being taken for granted, but you will not humiliate, degrade, and berate a good man just because you feel you can, either.

I’m sure no one has pulled the coat tails of these people and told them to slow their roll yet because of their money, but I suggest someone do it, and do it soon.

The concern shouldn’t just be about the Jewish Democratic vote.

The black community will not tolerate Dwight Bullard being abused in any way, shape, or form.

2018 is not that far away, and no Democrat can win statewide without the black vote.

The choice is yours. Choose wisely.

This article was originally published, with this headline, in Sunshine State News.

About Leslie Wimes

Leslie Wimes is founder and president of Women on the Move and the Democratic African American Women Caucus. Follow Leslie on Twitter: @womenonthemove1.

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  1. ritzl
    ritzl
    November 29, 2016, 1:16 pm

    Yup. No amount of money can preserve power in a voting democracy if that money alienates every major (ie. required to win) constituency.

    With this kInd of aggressive, persistent, and egregious overreach these clowns are making Israel a partisan issue and sowing the seeds their own irrelevance in Dem circles. Kinda like the irrelevance/passing of the “two state solution” and due to the same arrogant mechanism.

    Good.

  2. annie
    annie
    November 29, 2016, 1:32 pm

    Moskowitz raised over $1 million for Hillary. We didn’t turn out in numbers she needed and Hillary lost Florida. Now you tell me which was more consequential, Moskowitz’s money or the black vote?

    …….2018 is not that far away, and no Democrat can win statewide without the black vote.

    dems will keep losing chained to these zionist-approved candidates. nobody likes being dictated through someone’s wallet. elections shouldn’t cost so much anyway, and politicians should not have to perform for money. clean up the system and stop wasting the time and efforts of state legislatures fighting for a foreign apartheid country.

    great article Leslie Wimes

  3. MHughes976
    MHughes976
    November 29, 2016, 1:44 pm

    If Mr. Bullard, a Black man with a good record of service to a constituency with many Black voters, loses his Senate seat because of his somewhat pro-BDS views and choice of tour guide (you would have thought his voters would have other, much more pressing concerns) we seem to have confirmation of the continuing power of pro-Israel sentiment and pro-Israel organisations in the age of Trump. The tide is not turning but still at the flood.

    • Jon66
      Jon66
      November 29, 2016, 10:13 pm

      Hughes,

      The district he represents is also very Pro-Israel Jewish. He wore a keffiyeh to the Dem convention in support of Palestinians. He sounds a bit tone deaf to the district. If you represent a district in Florida with a large Cuban American population, you had better not say supportive things about Castro.

      • annie
        annie
        November 29, 2016, 11:07 pm

        The district he represents is also very Pro-Israel Jewish.

        why do you say that? how do you know? do you have any available demographics? if politicians know their careers will end if they go against big money (a few very rich people) how do you know they are voting based on their constituency vs voting for the big money and a small minority of their constituency?

      • Jon66
        Jon66
        November 30, 2016, 5:57 am

        Annie,
        “Still, Bullard’s district in South Florida is home to a well-organized Jewish voter base that is older and strongly pro-Israel.”
        https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/rania-khalek/israel-lobby-smears-black-lawmaker-meeting-palestinians

        If he had attended a “white lives matter” protest he would have had a similar loss. This doesn’t appear to be a conspiracy, but rather a politician who took some of his voters for granted. They organized and opposed him. Holding him accountable for his action.

      • eljay
        eljay
        November 30, 2016, 7:21 am

        || Jon66: … The district he represents is also very Pro-Israel Jewish. … ||

        But he’d have to count Jews to know that and, as we all know, counting Jews is anti-Semitic.

        || … If you represent a district in Florida with a large Cuban American population, you had better not say supportive things about Castro. ||

        Florida also has a large Israeli-American population? Or are you anti-Semitically conflating Israel with all Jews and all Jews with Israel?

      • Jon66
        Jon66
        November 30, 2016, 12:49 pm

        Eljay,

        I think your being silly.
        The report from EI mentions that the district has a Jewish population that is pro-Israel. I’m not conflating anything. It is a description of the specific population of that district.

      • eljay
        eljay
        November 30, 2016, 1:04 pm

        || Jon66: Eljay, I think your being silly. The report from EI mentions that the district has a Jewish population that is pro-Israel. … ||

        Sorry, I’m just not clear on when Jews is acceptable and when it’s anti-Semitic.

        || … I’m not conflating anything. It is a description of the specific population of that district. ||

        The district has a Jewish population, not an Israeli population. Your comparison to Cuban Americans and Castro implied that those Jewish Americans are Israel Americans.

      • eljay
        eljay
        November 30, 2016, 1:27 pm

        || eljay: … not clear on when Jews is acceptable … ||

        Correction: … not clear on when counting Jews is acceptable …

      • annie
        annie
        November 30, 2016, 1:30 pm

        i may have misunderstood you jon. i have no doubts Bullard’s district is home to a well-organized Jewish voter base, which could be said about many many districts in the US. what you said, and what i heard, was the district is very Pro-Israel Jewish. and i wonder about that, because i have no idea how large the jewish community is in his district. he lost by 20k votes (10 pts) which is a lot, but that tells me a small minority can tip the scales, just like a minority of blacks can also tip the scales. it doesn’t tell me the district itself is very pro jewish. but maybe you can tell me how large the jewish community is in his district, i have no idea. there’s also this:

        http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/election/article113508138.html

        Senate maps were ordered redrawn by the court, Bullard’s new district included his Richmond Heights home but left out large chunks of other communities his family had long served, including Homestead, Naranja and Florida City.

        coincidence? that represents over 80k votes right there.

        and there’s also this:

        Christopher Norwood, a local campaign strategist, said he didn’t blame Artiles for the “terrorist” attack but blamed the outside campaign consultants who didn’t live in the district.

        “We lost the best champion for progressive issues in the Florida Senate because a segment of this community bought into an idea that somehow he’s a terrorist,” Norwood said as R&B music played in the background at the Super Wheels Skating Center in the Kendall where the campaign held its watch party.

        Edward Bullard acknowledged that it may be the end of an era for his family.

        “In the Florida House there was always a Bullard on the floor or the board,” he said. “It’s been a very good ride.”

        so, it could be a small very pro israel jewish minority in his district punching above its weight, in part because of a campaign emanating from outside his district. like, the israel project etc.

        this kind of thing can lead to resentment. it appears a much beloved representative whose family had served the community well for decades was taken out by a small minority and redistricting. i don’t know if your comparison to the cuban community in miami is a viable. i’d have to take a closer look at the demographics. any hunch what size this pro israel jewish component is in his district, before claiming the district is very pro jewish?

      • Jon66
        Jon66
        November 30, 2016, 2:58 pm

        Annie,

        I am really not familiar at all with the demographics of the district. My only resource is a couple newspaper articles and the EI article. I don’t know the size of the pro-Israel population. I agree that his loss may have been due to redistricting and the united stance of a minority who in the past have supported him but now do not. i don’t have any evidence that the district has any organized or sizable pro-Palestinian constituency. So, if Mr. Bullard took a stance that was at direct opposition to the feelings of a solid base of some voters, that may have been enough to lose him the election. Outside organizers may have factored in as well, but his trip by itself may have organically cost him the election. At best, he took a risk and lost by taking this stance since at least some of his district was strongly opposed.

        Eljay,
        I’m not counting anything and I haven’t mentioned anti-semitism. If you don’t like the Cuba analogy, maybe this is better. If he had represented a district with a solid pro-life base and he came out with a pro-choice position, he would expect to lose some of those votes and possibly the election. Especially if he didn’t have a significant pro-choice base in his district. Nationality is irrelevant.

      • Raphael
        Raphael
        November 30, 2016, 2:58 pm

        Annie Robbins

        I personally, would not believe anything I read in the current news about American Jewish/ Israeli politics in Miami.

        My father lives in Miami , and was a very prominent American Jew.

        Publicly they were of course Jewish, but, day to day, they were just garden variety Americans… no different then say a guy like Trump.

        Their character, values, and culture is created from Hollywood. My guess is that they (American Jews in Miami) are anti Israel, but lie and say publicly they are pro Israel.

        Like Trump they would be pro Israel one day, anti Israel the next day…then the next day back again. I knew more about their Jewish ancestry then they did; after doing a very brief amount of genealogical research. I was able to go back to the 1850s.

      • eljay
        eljay
        November 30, 2016, 3:11 pm

        || Jon66: … Eljay, I’m not counting anything and I haven’t mentioned anti-semitism. … ||

        I understand that you’re not counting Jews and I didn’t say that you mentioned anti-Semitism.

        || … If you don’t like the Cuba analogy, maybe this is better. If he had represented a district with a solid pro-life base and he came out with a pro-choice position, he would expect to lose some of those votes and possibly the election. … ||

        That’s a better analogy.

      • MHughes976
        MHughes976
        November 30, 2016, 3:39 pm

        Well, all analyses seem to point to the fact that pro-Israel sentiment, based either on existing ‘demographic’ loyalties or on recent propaganda, is very strong. For the likes of us the night is still dark and the road long.

      • annie
        annie
        November 30, 2016, 4:32 pm

        his trip by itself may have organically cost him the election.

        it’s very likely. there’s a lot of racist intolerance in the pro israel jewish community for even a wiff of sentiment or empathy towards palestinians having rights like other people. sometimes they give it some lipservice but— nah.

        Their character, values, and culture is created from Hollywood. My guess is that they (American Jews in Miami) are anti Israel, but lie and say publicly they are pro Israel.

        gee raphael, that was very helpful/not.

      • Jon66
        Jon66
        November 30, 2016, 5:20 pm

        Annie,
        I think the problem was the background of the tour guide and the meeting with BDS leadership. We won’t know how it would have played if he had met with less controversial figures.

      • annie
        annie
        November 30, 2016, 6:04 pm

        oh i’m sure that was like mana from heaven for the israel project and the hordes of consultants pushing the bds is anti semitic meme through state legislations all throughout the country. god forbid he meet with palestinians like barghouti who seeks to free his people. between that and screaming “terrorist” those hordes had their hands full. we get it jon, anyone who associates with a normal palestinians will never get near congress (or states congresses either) with millionaires like moskowitz around (of which there are plenty — with a long long reach even into districts with no jewish community). the dem party can run down the drain broke and cripple and never win again as far as people like that are concerned. as long as every congress person gets on their knees for israel, everything will be fine fine fine. in little districts all across the country they will make sure things go their way. nice huh. wow, that should really make people love israel.

        you can fool all the people some of the time, but not all the people all of the time jon. and people are starting to get fed up. call it anti semitism, call it what you will. i’ll call it men like moskowitz f*cking with people’s beloved community leaders.

        i’ll call it the long arm of zionism deciding who will or will not be allowed to be chair of the dem party in florida. how’d debbie work out for hillary? a net plus? or a net loss?

        Then DNC chairwoman and member of Congress, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, told Senator Bullard that his political future was over

        http://mondoweiss.net/2016/11/bullard-opposed-measure/#sthash.9mWum98d.dpuf

      • Maghlawatan
        Maghlawatan
        November 30, 2016, 6:22 pm

        ” We won’t know how it would have played if he had met with less controversial figures.”

        Oh yes we do!
        Exactly the same.
        Because Zionism is parasitical.

        Anyway it doesn’t matter. the Orthodox have bet the house on Trump.

        Trump must be closer in spirit to haTorah I guess.
        Is it good for the Jews ? Of course it isn’t but it will hasten the end for Shangri La.
        Cuz without the US, Israel is just a third rate bully with a small penis

  4. pabelmont
    pabelmont
    November 29, 2016, 1:54 pm

    I hope the anti-lynching community is wider than blacks-only and gets to hear of this in a forceful way. DEMs used to be in favor of human rights, civil rights, and like that. I hope those in Florida still are, or can be reminded that what a Zionist money-bags and his hired help (Debbie Wasserman et al.) want is not necessarily what is good for Florida.

    • ritzl
      ritzl
      November 29, 2016, 3:05 pm

      Well said pab.

      I got into a related, pre-election, “heart of the matter” discussion with my dear, die-hard, life-long, liberal, anti-war-from-way-back sister in law about how the Clinton candidacy debacle “forces” (more like manipulates, but with all the metaphysical certitude then and now “forces” works) people like her to vote FOR war and death. She was pretty backfooted by that point (less certitude) so your hope that that manipulation cannot continue (across multiple fronts) forever is probably more than just a hope. It’s in process.

      • Maghlawatan
        Maghlawatan
        November 30, 2016, 6:19 pm

        It’s so hard for people to see beyond the spin. The tribe has been deceived for so long. People can relate to scooby do unmasking baddies but they can’t apply that to their own political interests. Groupthink is insidious

  5. geofgray
    geofgray
    November 29, 2016, 6:27 pm

    great article. but florida’s a weird place. i was listening to npr for palm beach county yesterday. the show sponsor was the united jewish appeal of palm beach. they listed a major philanthropic activity is funding jewish students to fight anti-israel propaganda on college campuses. so sponsoring pro-israeli political action is a charity. who knew?

  6. Citizen
    Citizen
    November 30, 2016, 2:51 am

    UJA of Palm Beach, Florida is categorized under “social services and welfare”: http://www.manta.com/c/mt43sw3/jewish-federation-of-palm-beach-county-united-jewish-appeal

  7. Citizen
    Citizen
    November 30, 2016, 3:16 am
  8. Maghlawatan
    Maghlawatan
    November 30, 2016, 6:13 pm

    The Jewish community is falling apart over Trump. It’s dividing into authoritarian orthodox and Menschy Berniewallas with poor little AIPAC and the ADL stuck in the middle like prunes in a porn video. The incoherence is richly deserved. So many “Fuck you”s over the years and now it’s blowback time.

    The orthodox bet on Trump will blow up cos Trump can’t fix the USA.

    If Israel was a normal country it wouldn’t need to fuck up the lives of politicians in the USA but of course Israel will never be normal. It will never be like the other children

    • annie
      annie
      November 30, 2016, 6:29 pm

      poor little AIPAC and the ADL stuck in the middle like prunes in a porn video.

      LOL

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        November 30, 2016, 8:43 pm

        “LOL”

        I noticed that phrase, too. If you know exactly what it means, please don’t tell me.

  9. JLewisDickerson
    JLewisDickerson
    December 1, 2016, 1:49 am

    RE: “OK, I get it. Some Jewish people are upset with Dwight Bullard because he traveled with the Dream Defenders to Israel and their tour guide had ties to a terrorist organization. You’ve voiced that. Over and over and over again. . . He lost his Senate seat. That wasn’t good enough. Exactly what is it that you want?” ~ Leslie Wimes

    MY COMMENT: Perhaps an auto-da-fé would satisfy them.

    Auto-da-fé
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    [EXCERPT] An auto-da-fé or auto-de-fé (from Portuguese auto da fé, meaning “act of faith”) was the ritual of public penance of condemned heretics and apostates that took place when the Spanish Inquisition, Portuguese Inquisition or the Mexican Inquisition had decided their punishment, followed by the execution by the civil authorities of the sentences imposed.

    The most extreme punishment imposed on those convicted was execution by burning. In popular usage, the term auto-da-fé, the act of public penance, came to mean the burning at the stake. . .

    SOURCE – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auto-da-f%C3%A9

  10. Eva Smagacz
    Eva Smagacz
    December 1, 2016, 4:52 am

    This is an exact repeat of orchestrated removal of Cynthia McKinney from Congress.

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