Letter From the Chair – October 17, 2022

Picture of chairs on sandy beach

Let me comment for a minute about the Jan 6 Committee. For many of us who pay attention and have been around a while, we knew what we were looking at the minute 45 took office – a traitor, a con-man, and a bully.
I know that to get this far the committee had to be sure of every little fact and its place in the narrative. They did well. I was pleased to hear Ms. Cheney say they were referring to DOJ information on several individuals, not just the POS who started this coup attempt.

The insurrectionists, the plotters and the spoiled brat at the top must be held accountable, or we will see more of the same.

Here in the Gunshine State, the Gov. has been acting more like a governor, making it easier for folks to vote in the three counties most impacted by Hurricane Ian. He does not want to lose those county’s voters which makes me think this race might be closer than we think.

As voters we have serious decisions to make. On the Federal Level we have Marco Rubio being challenged by Val Demings. For $174,000 per year salary, he sure doesn’t show up for work very often. (And he says lots of stupid stuff)

Rep. Gimenez is another member of the Coup team and an old Trump Ally. In recent candidate forums he spouts standard GOP fear mongering rhetoric, which makes me wonder why he is so afraid of Biden’s re-staffing of the IRS. (Gutted by the GOP a few years back – Reagan & Bush#1)
He needs to go. Vote for a decent man who has spent his life in public service and cares about his country and honoring his oath of office, Robert Asencio.

On the state level we have an opportunity to get rid of a dangerous man – Ron DeSantis! A little man who takes big money from private interests, stirs up non-issue culture wars and solves NONE of the state’s problems. In fact, he, like his orange mentor, does not think the law applies to him. See page 61 of Sunday’s Miami Herald. Charlie Crist deserves our vote. He is not too progressive, but not too conservative, He’s just right!!!

There are State cabinet positions that need flipping as well. Adam Hattersley and Aramis Ayala are running for State CFO and State AG, respectively. Both are courageous and smart!

Adam Gentle is giving Rep. Mooney a run for his money. His sorry excuse for voting in favor of the 15-week abortion ban in Floriduh shows what he is made of.

As Democrats we must remember what we stand for and loudly call out the Lies! Reps Cheney and Kinzinger stood up to the ex-pres. The rest are spineless sycophants hoping the droppings from the King’s table fall their way.

Here is what you can do to help pull this country back from the brink! VOTE!
SUPPORT the Candidates!
Support the Keys DEMS efforts to increase informed voter turnout!
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I have recently seen the ads by the GOP in the Keys Weekly regarding “Biden’s” inflation. Really!? The previous guy set the stage for this when he refused to act responsibly in the initial stages of the Pandemic. Meanwhile, America’s Oligarchs are having a banner year! Profits are up! Whatever happened to having a social conscience, doing what is best for your workers and the country?


If you are not reading Heather Cox Richardson, you should. Yesterday she put much of what is happening around the world in perspective. We are living in Dangerous times and we, the voters, must protect and defend our Democracy!

In Sunday’s Miami Herald, Leonard Pitts Jr. quotes from a Norah Jones song – American Anthem
“All we’ve been given by those who came before
the dream of a nation where freedom would endure
The work and prayers of centuries have brought us to this day
That will be our legacy? What will our children say?


Political Events this week

Wednesday October 19
• The Keys Dems will meet at 5:30pm in the Community Room of the Key Largo Public Library in Tradewinds Plaza, 101437 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo. Join us as we shift into high gear for this election.

• The Upper Keys BPW will host a Political Forum at 5pm in Islamorada at Whale Harbor Events. This event requires registering online and there is a fee. Check it out on their FB page.

Friday October 21
• The Keys Dems will host a Fundraiser on Key Colony Beach at the Home of Fred and Laurie Swanson. Fish & Sip with us as we enjoy fresh keys seafood and taste great wines. Bring a dish to share, we provide the fish and wine. More info and tickets, click here.
Thanks to the Volunteers who bundled up the post cards for us. If you can help address and mail these cards, please email Susie Trost – our Volunteer Coordinator.

Thanks again to the crew of the Argo Nevis. Our sunset cruise was a success. Many fresh faces and great conversations!

Thanks to our Fundraising team for another lovely event!

Thanks to all who have already voted. If you have not mailed your ballot, DO IT NOW!

You can also drop your ballot in the drop boxes at the early voting locations. Reminder, you can only drop your personal ballot, unlike previous years when you could pick-up ballots from friends and neighbors and drop those as well. (Thanks Ron-not)

Early voting starts next week – October 24. For all kinds of info on voting, click here.

If you want to be a poll watcher on Election Day, email Tricia King TODAY.

I hope to see many of you this week!
Stay safe and well!

Bert Sise/Chair

PS – the owner of the umbrella has been found!