Fla. Democratic Chair Meeting With Leaders After Remarks

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The Florida Democratic Party could have a new chairman depending on the outcome of a meeting today between the current chairmen and members of the legislative black caucus.

Stephen Bittel scheduled a meeting Tuesday in his Miami Beach office, according to the PoliticoFlorida, with the party’s leader in the Senate, Oscar Braynon, and future House party leader Kionne McGhee – both from Miami – after an incident Saturday in which he said members of the caucus were acting “childish” and later accused them of playing the race card when he was confronted.

One source familiar with the situation said that Bittel would be willing to step down if both leaders asked him to, saying “if the party needs his head, he’ll give it.”

Bittel has spent the last few days apologizing to party leaders – both elected politicians and fundraisers – after Braynon and others voiced their displeasure that a portion of this weekend’s gala in Hollywood introducing members of both the House and Senate was axed so the keynote speaker, former Vice President Joe Biden, could speak sooner and get home to celebrate his wedding anniversary.

Bittel is a Miami native who was elected to the post in January after a contentious race among party standard barriers – like Bittel, who was an active donor for Hillary Clinton – and some party outsiders, including those who supported Bernie Sanders during the 2016 Presidential campaign cycle.

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