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Friday, December 15, 2006

Helm Is Out

Ed Helm (see photo), the now former chair of the Pinellas County Democratic Executive Committee (DEC) was voted out on Wednesday, December 13. He was replaced by teacher Toni Molinario.

Helm, a former mayoral candidate in St. Petersburg, was popular among progressives. However, as chair, he had difficulty navigating the waters. A PAC managed by his wife was accused of campaign finance violations, the state party withheld funds from the Pinellas DEC after Helm was accused of improperly taking sides in Democratic primaries, and candidates and elected officials visibly gave Helm and the DEC a wide berth.

"History tells us that a house divided against itself cannot stand," Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch told the attendees. "Elected officials have avoided the DEC because of its circus atmosphere. The current leadership has fractured us, divided us. It is time for a change."

6 Comments:

At 12/15/2006 08:11:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.sptimes.com/2006/12/15/Southpinellas/Party_rejects__style_.shtml

This article shows Helms for the failure that he was.

 
At 12/16/2006 02:43:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anybody know anything about the new chair?

 
At 1/12/2007 10:41:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For the love of all that's holy: if you're gonna write about the guy and claim you know so much about it, his name is Helm. Not Helms.

Idiot.

 
At 1/19/2007 03:38:00 PM, Blogger Campaign Manager said...

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At 1/19/2007 03:39:00 PM, Blogger Campaign Manager said...

I'll go ahead and leave the "idiot" part alone, but thank you for bringing those spelling mistakes in the post to my attention.

 
At 1/19/2007 03:41:00 PM, Blogger Campaign Manager said...

I believe I have fixed those misspellings in the post. My apologies to Mr. Helm for misspelling him name.

 

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