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John Liccione’s Statement on Florida Court Abortion Ban Ruling

With yesterday’s Florida Supreme Court ruling delivering a self-executing 6-week abortion ban on May 1st, Democrats in Pinellas County might think they've been handed Anna Luna's Congressional seat on a silver platter.


Not so fast. 


Pinellas County Registered Voters by Party Affiliation as of 3/25/24 (Pinellas Supervisor of Elections)

Putin-Trump’s MAGA Princess of Chaos should now be facing a tsunami of new voters registering and voting to repeal the ban by referendum in the November general election. However, given the abysmal performance of our Pinellas and Florida Democratic Party leadership to date, we are in trouble, and the abortion rights issue may not be enough to overcome the GOP's lead in registered Pinellas voters.


Key Performance Metrics (KPIs) and the Warning Signs


A peek at last month’s Pinellas voter registration numbers (right) shows an abominable Pinellas Democratic Party machine voter registration performance.  Republicans swamped Democrats by almost five to one in new voter registrations in March: R=794 to D=171.  Red alert!


Root Cause Analysis


Pinellas Democratic Party Chair Jennifer Griffith has been so focused on attacking me and my campaign by way of public smears, campaign sign-swiping, active suppression, resource denial, and outright lies to her own Party membership, she’s taken her eye off the ball.  She’s been lying, claiming falsely that I’m an actual physical danger to her.  That's ridiculous. She’s neglected her core mission:  Energizing and getting out the Democratic vote.  Her numbers don’t lie. She is failing.  The buck stops with her.


She’s even gone so far as to claim she is the somehow the victim and has gotten the Party to cough up funds to pay for an armed security guard for herself at Party meetings. She’s now falsely claiming I am somehow “dangerous.”  This just after I filed for a restraining order against her.  I captured video of her shortly after she swiped my campaign sign, accosted me, and then snitched on me and my sign to a St Pete College security guard.


Just to be clear, video recording a renegade Democratic Party Chair after she swiped a Democratic Congressional candidate’s campaign sign, after she had escalated it into a public confrontation, and then my filing for a restraining order against her, does not make me a threat to her physical safety.  These are fully non-violent acts of self-defense taken in response to her public bullying, her physical fingerprints on my swiped campaign sign, and her attempts to deny me a seat at the Pinellas Democratic Party table.


Shirley Chisolm and the Folder Chair


As the great Democrat Shirley Chisolm once said: “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.”