Broward Party Chair Mitch Caesar Joined By New Leaders

Congratulations to the new leadership team for the Broward Democratic Party. After a spirited contest for the loyalties of precinct committee representatives, Chairman Mitch Caesar won reelection by more than a 100-vote margin. At the same time, those who have been arguing that the party needs to be better aligned with volunteer organizers and make better use of digital campaign tools achieved significant representation on the management team.

My hope is that this will be a true team, allowing Mitch to do the things he does best while taking advantage of the strengths others bring to the table. If the result is more effective organizing and GOTV for 2014, we all will have won.

Here is the new lineup (contact info here)

County Chair & National Committeeman
Mitch Ceasar

State Committeewoman
Maggie Davidson

State Committeeman
Ken Evans

First Vice-Chair
Cynthia Busch

Second Vice-Chair
Betty Dimaio

Recording Secretary
Tim Ross

Corresponding Secretary
Darren Covar

Diana Pittarelli


Please be honest about the choices for DEC chair

As of 12/8/12, out of a total of 1,145,856 registered voters in Broward, there are 597,460 registered Democrats, 52% of the total and more than all Republicans, all other parties and all independents combined.

On 11/6/12, 508,312 votes were cast for Obama / Biden, which was 67% of votes cast, a margin of 264,211 more than for Romney / Ryan, and which represents a staggering 85% positive turnout of registered Democrats.


There are hotheads calling for “regime change” with disproven false accusations of stolen party elections?  In fact, on this planet, there are actual corrupt dictators like Chavez and Putin who hold phony fixed elections who would be embarrassed to claim 67% margins or 85% GOTV success rates.  But in Broward, in 2012, the party actually in fact did it.

Putting aside all paid volunteers, all paid consultants, all paid mailers, all pictures with Caroline Kennedy, all infringement of OFA trademarks and copyrights, and all personal grievances, gripes, score settling, egos and ambitions, does anyone honestly believe that under any other DEC leadership the party will obtain larger margins or more successful GOTV?  You know you don’t.

Cynthia Busch is perfect for Democratic Party Chair

Cynthia Busch is who we need as Chair of the Broward Democratic Party. I am supporting Cynthia and you should too.

The Broward Democratic Party (the Democratic Executive Committee or DEC) election is December 9, 2012.

Cynthia Busch, Democratic Area Leader of Plantation, leads highly effective Democratic voter registration, get-out-the-vote, phonebanking, petition gathering, and volunteer training, election work. Cynthia Busch embedded herself and worked day and night, elbow-to-elbow, with volunteers and Organizing for America (OFA) staff, to elect President Barack Obama in 2008, and reelect the President in 2012.

Cynthia Busch has been successful in electing Mayors and other local Democratic officials. Cynthia’s hands-on and steady guidance focuses on results. Any election day, if you want to know where Cynthia is, she’s at the polls or more likely canvassing. Any election, she has been working door-to-door with volunteers, and at phone banks for months beforehand.

Cynthia Busch surrounds herself with highly qualified, hard-working people such as Alan Ehrlich, Rick Hoye, and many others. She leads by example and by delegation. Today’s resurgent Democratic grassroots activism springs from Cynthia’s volunteer work as a DEC Committeewoman and Area Leader of Plantation, and has reached across much of Broward County. This grassroots activism should become the renewed Broward Democratic Party, to strengthen Broward’s Democratic vote turnout, to elect a Democratic governor in 2012, and to increase the Democratic ratio in the legislature.

Cynthia Busch’s plan for strengthening the Broward Democratic party includes bringing the Party into the 21st century in technology while making human contact and interaction the heart and soul, restoring committees, earning the trust to win the vote, raising funds to open an office that will be utilized to elect Democrats, empowering leaders who reflect our community, responding positively to new ideas and concerns, and never having conflicts, special interests, or goals other than to the Democratic Party and to the election of Democrats.

Cynthia is supported in her Democratic volunteer work by her husband Steve Busch who is an inventor, stock broker, and small businessman. They have two young daughters. Cynthia is not a lobbyist and does not do paid campaign work. She is a delight to work with and is perfect for Chair of the Broward Democratic Party.

Cynthia has my vote and I ask you to vote for her.

Phil, 954-579-3932
Broward Democratic Committeeman, precinct T027
837 SW 120th Way, Davie, FL 33325

Elect New Broward DEC Leadership on Sunday – Let’s Move FORWARD!

The election of officers for the Broward Democratic Party is this Sunday, December 9th.  E-mails have been flying with supposed myths and facts, finger pointing, and accusations.  The tone we set does not need to be acrimonious.  We can build unity AND hold an election.  That said, it IS important to tell the truth.

Truth – Cynthia Busch is backed by activists.  Yes, among all of the amazing activists who are supporting her are several political consultants.  Are there no consultants or lobbyists supporting the current Chair?  For crying out loud, the current Chairman IS a lobbyist.  Trying to minimize the fact that that is his JOB is just silly.  The thing that is most refreshing is that Cynthia dares to name those consultants in her list of endorsements.  She puts it on the table.

After reading in one of the last e-mails that big bad lobbyists want to over-run the DEC, a question crossed my mind.  If Cynthia were a man, would this point ever have been made?  I don’t know, and I think that it is a question worth asking.  Why imply that Cynthia is not a person of her own mind and will?  Why imply that she is a frail victim or is somehow weak when everyone knows that she is not?

Miami-Dade DEC just elected their first woman Chair.  I think Broward would be well served by following in their footsteps.

Truth – Disagreement is healthy.  There is nothing divisive about disagreement; however, there IS something very unhealthy about trying to stifle disagreement.  Many have died to allow us the freedom to disagree.  Creative, fresh ideas come from disagreement.  Moving forward comes from disagreement.  It is a myth to think that disagreement will disappear in any organization.  It is dangerous to try to eliminate it.   Just watch the movie Lincolnto see how the 13th amendment was born out of intense disagreement.

Truth – Those who disagree do so to build a party of transparency and unity.   There is something demeaning and rather authoritarian in saying ‘divisiveness among the ranks is not acceptable’.  Those who disagree do not warrant the labels ‘divisive’ or ‘dissident’.  Those who disagree do so in a desire for change, just as Lincoln’s desire to abolish slavery had the highest intention of building a country that was fair, just, and unified.  Would you label Lincoln a dissident?  If so, I’m with him!

This Sunday, I invite you to support Cynthia Busch for Chairman of the Broward Democratic Party.  Give her four years to make a difference.  Support Rick Hoye as 1st Vice Chair.  I am inspired by their vision, energy, and dedication.  They desire to serve for all the right reasons.

Let’s move forward.  It is up to you!

Maggie Macaulay, President
Miramar Democratic Club

It’s Time for a Change!

Why I am supporting Cynthia Busch for Chair of the Broward Democratic Party:

When Barack Obama was running for President in 2007, and people wondered whether he had a prayer of winning, he came up with a three word phrase that summed up what is possible in America:


Cynthia Busch is asking for your vote to be Chair of the Management Committee and lead the Broward County Democratic Party into the 21st Century.


I have worked with Cynthia in Democratic politics for over ten years, and she has never stopped impressing me with how hard-working and organized she is. First she joined the Plantation Democratic Club. The she became the precinct woman in her community. Then she was elected as the Democratic Party’s Area Leader for Plantation. Now she is Vice-President of the Plantation Democratic Club, as well as one of the primary organizers of Awake Broward. And she was a SUPER VOLUNTEER with President Obama’s election and re-election campaigns. And during all of these years, while fulfilling the responsibilities of these positions, she also found the time for the kind of grassroots activities that can serve as a model for Democratic groups anywhere. If there were voters that had to be registered, if there were volunteers that had to be signed up, if there were Democratic voters that had to be called, if there were petitions that had to be collected, if there were Democratic candidates to be campaigned for, if there were neighborhood teams that had to be organized, and if there were doors that had to be knocked on to GET OUT THE VOTE, Cynthia took on these tasks with energy and dedication to the Democratic Cause. Early on, I concluded that she never slept…. And did I mention that she has a husband and two beautiful daughters?


Cynthia wants to bring people together to help build a modern, organized, and transparent Democratic Party. She will strengthen, expand, and enhance Democratic Clubs. She will make more efficient use of our website, emails, and mailers. She will rebuild the trust necessary to raise funds to build and maintain a 21st century political party. She will staff a Democratic Party office that will bring together eager and hardworking volunteers, that will be open and available at convenient times, and that will help to support and elect Democratic candidates all across Broward county. She has no conflict of interests which would get in the way of the Democratic agenda. And she will be open and completely accessible to the ideas and concerns of others, recruiting and empowering community leaders to be part of the decision-making process, and making human contact the heart and soul of the Democratic Party.


As Rick Hoye, President of the Broward young Democrats, has so eloquently written: The Democratic Party has to do a much better job of reaching out to young people, minorities, and other demographic groups. We need leadership that fosters grassroots efforts and motivates activists to go the extra mile and understands the importance of delegating and holding others accountable with clearly defined duties. And as David Carr, creator of BlueBroward, says: Cynthia has near-universal support from the volunteers who did the grunt work of registering voters and getting out the vote. They know her as a leader because the has been doing that work side-by-side with them. She never lets her ego or sense of self-importance get in the way of the job that has to be done for the Party.


Cynthia is fond of repeating President Obama’s refrain that “Change is hard.” But we all know that working for progress and a secure future for the middle class is change worth fighting for. We are fired up and ready to go with change in Florida, by standing up, organizing, and replacing Rick Scott in 2014.


Now, Mitch Caesar has been the Chair of the Broward Democratic Party for 16 years. And you have to admit that he does have some admirable qualities. He has a louder voice and is taller than Cynthia Busch. But only Cynthia can build a team that supports each others’ efforts. Only Cynthia will bring together Democratic Party, Organizing for America, Union, and faith-based volunteers in a team effort to support our shared goals for the future. And only Cynthia has a specific plan of action to lead us to become the Broward Democratic Party we need to be. It is time for a change! And Cynthia Busch is that change!


JD Camp: YOU hold the power to make the Broward Democratic Party realize its potential – your vote this Sunday

Shared by permission.

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: JD <>
Date: Fri, Dec 7, 2012 at 1:50 PM
Subject: YOU hold the power to make the Broward Democratic Party realize its potential – your vote this Sunday

Hello fellow precinct committee people –


No, I am not running for any office during the Broward Democratic Party leadership elections this Sunday, 12/9. However, I could not just sit by and not get involved with this election. I did that in 2000 – and what a mistake that was. All I did in 2000 was “just voted” and did not get involved until the recount. I spent 3 full days counting ‘hung’, ‘dimpled’ and ‘pregnant’ chads. I was such a fixture that CNN interviewed me on TV (big woop! – I agree). My point is I would never just sit back and not get involved ever again. I have been involved ever since. In 2004 and 2008 I ran the GOTV office for the gay community. It was a huge team effort and because of that, we began to make a difference. I believe we need that HUGE TEAM effort at the county level and it starts at the top with the leadership. Since I have been involved in 2000, I have not seen anything close to its potential. Broward can do better.


There are some terrific people running for leadership offices on both official and unofficial “slates”. These people are dedicated, experienced and talented team players and can certainly get the Broward Democratic Party much closer to its performance potential than we have been with the current leadership. These people deserve our attention and understanding of what they are offering us – for the betterment of the party. For 12 years I have been intimately involved with local to national campaigns and the technology and strategy of the Obama campaign of ’08 blew me away. It was leaps and bounds beyond Kerry’s ’04. I was so impressed. The Obama campaign of 2012 did not disappoint me. We have so many of you precinct people and Obama volunteers who have now intimately seen this amazing Obama Campaign (OFA) in action and it is very reasonable to expect that level of teamwork, technology, strategy and yes, effectiveness, with our Broward County Democratic Party.


Yes we won in 2012, but we only won the state with under 75,000 votes. Broward is the largest county in registered Dems in the state and we did deliver more than 263,000 extra votes, but only 13 (2 barely) out of 67 counties delivered more votes for Obama than Romney. We are BROWARD COUNTY! We can do better. I looked at the results of the 6 largest counties of these 13 and found that Broward still underperformed significantly (-21%). If we had delivered the same ratio of votes to our registration numbers, we would have delivered an additional 57,000 votes! (320,000 total extra votes for the state) That is on par with where we should have been based on our voter registration numbers. By contrast, Miami-Dade over-performed significantly by +10%!!! Speaking of Miami-Dade, they recently held their county leadership elections and I was so impressed with how many had been intimately involved with OFA and I believe they will continue to outperform. I want the same for Broward.


In our Broward organization, we have an area without a designated Area Leader. We also have Area Leaders that are not as effective as they should be. We cannot let this continue. We need effective community organizers in these positions. We need new blood! These changes must be made at the top down and we need these changes now so we are in best shape possible for the mid-terms and Governor’s race. I believe so many people have been working extra hard in Broward, and the wins here recently were in spite of Mitch Cesar and the current organization. Mitch has been taking credit for the wins up and down the ticket and I don’t think that is entirely fair. Everyone involved has something to contribute and I hope they continue to do so, but I believe Mitch’s time has come and gone. We are now at the point where we need new leadership and better organization skills. We don’t need picnics in the final weeks before GOTV in a presidential campaign! We don’t need update emails from the DEC about when Mitch will be appearing on TV or Radio next! We need organizing meetings and skills training seminars and we need to have our army in place and well prepared for the next state, national and local elections. Mitch is known for saying “We know we will be outspent, but never outworked!” I like that attitude, but I feel that it is so much easier to “outsmart and out-organize”. We should be working smarter and not harder. We can do more. We can do better.


I first met Cynthia Busch around mid September of this year, but I did not really get to know her and of her abilities until I stepped up to help coordinate our efforts at all Early Vote sites in Broward. I saw that we had a tremendous amount of blue recommendation cards available to put in voter’s hands (again, much of this was in spite of the county party leadership) but there was no apparent plan in place to make this all happen – it was all just willy-nilly! We have far too much at stake to rely on willy-nilly!!!! Well, once I stepped up and offered to coordinate this effort at the 11th hour, I received so much support and direction from Cynthia that, to me, she is the main reason why that program was successful. (all this while she continued her duties as Area Leader, canvassing, staging area with OFA and so much more – she really is amazing!) She is the main reason why we got extra votes for Obama and as importantly, we got more Democrats elected on further down the ballot than previous years. This is the direction we need to move to and now is the time. I urge you to please vote for Cynthia Busch this Sunday, 12/9 for Chair of the Broward County Democratic Party. I also urge you to consider and vote for other progressives that are not afraid of technology or teamwork but instead embrace it and understand that is how we will move forward and become the powerhouse that is the Democratic Party of Broward!


Thank you and sincerely – jd


JD Camp

Precinct Committeeman R048

Roy Trachtenberg: Why I am supporting Cynthia Bush

This is another endorsement received by email, reposted by permission.

From: roy trachtenberg <>
Date: Tue, Dec 4, 2012 at 6:02 PM
Subject: Why I am supporting Cynthia Bush

To my fellow Democratic Committee Members from Coral Springs

I am a newly elected committeeman who is supporting Cynthia Bush. These are my reasons:
I have meet Cynthia and I like her ideas for the Broward Democratic Party. She wants to bring the energetic Obama campaign workers into the Broward Democratic Party. I have found her to be a great organizer, communicator, and leader. I really think that her heart is in the right place.
Mitch Ceasar supported a man and woman, Eugene R. Ouellett and his wife, who do not live in my district. E020 when I ran for committeeman. Later I found out that they live in Coconut Creek. How can the leader of our party support someone who does not live in the district? How can Mitch support people who are not active in politics? Are there more ghosts that Mitch supports because they support him but do not live in the district they represent or did anything in the last election?
Mitch called for a picnic the weekend before the Presidential election. Thankfully the Obama campaign made him cancel it. That really shows poor planning. Committee people were working on the phones and canvasing. That was not the time for a picnic – really poor planning and organizational skills.
 I made up “You’re invited to vote” flyers for encouraging early voting with a list of the Democratic candidates for my area. This flyer (absentee palm card} was very effective in my area. Democrats outnumbered Republicans in absentee and early voting. One of the names on it was Mark Gendal. Mitch said that I have to destroy all of those flyers that I paid for because I could be sued – city council was supposed to be non political – And then 2 weeks later he has the blue palm card with Mark’s name. Mitch cost me time and money..
It bothered me when we, American Jews for Obama, contacted Mitch about the Republican attack on the Jewish bloc vote. His attitude was that it was OK to lose the Jewish vote. My answer was why should we lose any ethnic vote. Mitch, our leader, did not have the right winning attitude.
Please vote for Cynthia Bush. Let’s defeat Rick Scott
Roy Trachtenberg
Democratic committeeman E020
PS:  I hope to see you at Coral Springs/Parkland Democratic Club Holiday Party Thursday, Dec. 6, 7:30 PM at Cypress Hall near the  swimming pool. Remember admission is an unwrapped toy for “Kids in Distress” plus dues or a nominal charge.

Support Regime Change

Dear Democrats

First, I would officially like to announce my candidacy for Broward DEC State Committeeman.

All Precinct Committee men and women are eligible to vote in the election on December 9th at Diamantes in Tamarac, beginning at 12:30 check in.

Please be aware that I am strongly supporting and endorsing Cynthia Busch for Broward DEC Party Chair.

Cynthia will be attending the next Davie Dem Club meeting this Thursday at 6:30 at Azteca Real Mexican Restaurant 8800 West State Rd 84 in Davie, on the SW corner of Pine Island and I-595.

I have invited Mitch Ceasar to attend the meeting as a guest speaker – he has not responded to my invitation – but I will leave a chair empty for him.

Please know that even if Mr. Ceasar calls you and tells you that our meeting is cancelled (which I have heard he is doing) we will meet just as sure as we worked hard to insure that the Democratic ticket won in Broward County from top to bottom!!!!!

As Davie Dem Club President I organized and mobilized a GOTV army in Davie. We have 72 members since starting in April of this year. We printed and distributed over 30,000 palm cards, working the Davie Cooper CIty Library poll from 7-7 every day of early voting – 3 volunteers deep, and staffed most of the polls in Davie on election day. We have t-shirts, great meetings – everything but a charter signed by Ceasar.

I hope that all the Davie Dem members and all precinct people from Area 10 attend the meeting and get to meet Cynthia Busch.

I have been so impressed with Cynthia over the last 5 years as she has spearheaded the Obama for America juggernaut since 2007.

No one is happier than I am that we have someone who can do a good job as DEC Chair willing to do the job.

Cynthia is a great grass roots organizer and I am so happy to be on Team Broward with so many great candidates, including:

Rick Hoyes – current Broward Young Democrat President – running for First Vice Chair

Maggie Davidson – President of the NE Broward Women’s Democratic Club – running for State Committeewoman

Alan Ehrlich – the hardest working Democrat in Broward and a great lawyer – running for Treasurer

Maggie MacCauley – President of the Miramar Democratic Club running for Corresponding Secretary

Anne Zucker – Weston Democratic Club President – running for Recording Secretary

We have so many great people that I am honored to be on the team.

I hope that you support Cynthia Busch, because we need new leadership!

I hope to see you all on Thursday at the Davie Dem Club and I hope that you precinct committee leaders will support Cynthia Busch and Team Broward on the election Sunday December 9th.

If you cannot be there, precinct leaders can send a proxy.

Please contact me if you need a proxy form and instructions.


Democratically Yours


Randy A. Fleischer, Esq.

Broward DEC Area Leader

Precinct Committeeman T10

President, Davie Dem Club


Law Offices of Randy A. Fleischer, P.A.

8258 State Rd 84

Davie FL 33324

954 472-8401



Endorsing Cynthia Busch and New Leadership for the Broward Democratic Party

When the elected members of the Democratic Executive Committee gather on December 9 to elect new leadership, I plan to vote for Cynthia Busch to replace Mitch Caesar as Chairman of the Broward Democratic Party.

You don’t have to dislike Mitch or think he is a terrible person to recognize that it’s time for a change. Some of the criticisms leveled at him are probably unfair. For the most part, I’d rather focus on the positive reasons to elect new leadership. I hope all precinct committee people will give Cynthia’s candidacy serious consideration.

Cynthia has near-universal support from the volunteers who did the grunt work of registering voters and getting out the vote. They know her as a leader because she has been doing that work side-by-side with them. The hardest workers simply want the formal county Democratic Party organization to be better aligned with the grassroots.

There’s some chatter in the local political blogs (and comments sections on blogs and news sites) about the involvement of lobbyists and other political operatives in backing Cynthia’s candidacy. This seems to be the major strategy to discredit her. The truth is she will need the backing of some established, connected area Democrats to succeed in this effort. Mitch actually works as a lobbyist, so I don’t see the logic in why it would be better to reelect a lobbyist than elect someone who might have friends who are lobbyists. More importantly, I know Cynthia well enough to believe her motivation for running has nothing to do with these alliances.

Cynthia has been part of an extremely dedicated and effective group of campaign workers based in Plantation. If the rest of the county was as well organized, we might well have seen better results in 2010. We will need to do better in 2014 to give Gov. Rick Scott the pink slip he deserves. I don’t think it will be easy, but it’s a worthy goal. That is why Cynthia is running for DEC Chair.

The biggest criticism I have of Mitch is that he seems to put far more energy into this election — lining up votes to get himself reelected — than any other Democratic campaign. The party’s communication strategy, or lack thereof, is also a sore point, with the use of email, the web, and Facebook as particular embarrassments. The email list is used mostly to promote Mitch’s media appearances. The party website has improved somewhat, but is still short on timely, useful information.

I do think Mitch deserves credit for leading on the printing and distribution of the palm cards that were used effectively to promote Democratic candidates in the down-ticket races, which probably had a lot to do with victories like the election of Scott Israel as Sheriff. I’m sure there were other people who worked on that, but it’s one thing Mitch actively promoted that made a difference in this cycle. He also made more of an effort to get precinct committee people actively involved in efforts like contacting people who vote by absentee ballot to make them aware of changes in the law.

But I still see Mitch as more interested in maintaining control than inviting broad participation. For that reason, I believe Cynthia will be much stronger as a grassroots organizer. It just doesn’t seem to be in Mitch’s nature to move in that direction, even if he wanted to.

Mitch Caesar does a fine job of representing the party on TV. Maybe he’ll continue to have a future as a media personality; it’s not hard to see him getting himself a radio show. I wish him well. But he shouldn’t have the job of party chairman for life.

It’s time for a change.

Endorsements for Cynthia Busch for DEC Chair from Niomi Devereux and Janet Thompson

These endorsements for Cynthia Busch for DEC chair from Niomi Devereux and Janet Thompson are reposted by permission. Niomi wrote the first as a letter to the editor in response to a Sun-Sentinel article that discussed the challenge to Chairman Caesar in dismissive terms (“every four years his enemies mobilize to oust him, and fail”).

As a neighborhood team leader for Organizing for America in 2012 and a general volunteer in 2008 and 2010, I am fully aware of who got out the vote each time. It was not the Broward Democratic party under Mitch Caesar. I am not a precinct person and have no vote, but I do know there needs to be change at the top of Broward’s Democratic party. OFA was involved in getting Obamacare passed in 2010. It was up to the Broward Dems to get out the vote. They did not. In 2012 OFA was advised that Broward needed to get at least 250,000 more Democratic votes than Republican votes as a cushion to give Obama Florida. We did that with voter registration, phone banks, door to door canvassing. The Democratic party of Broward was not a part of this year-long effort. At the very end, members of the local Democratic party assisted us. Mitch Caesar may appear on television and seem personable, but he takes credit for work he has not done. Creating a fiefdom for himself is all I’ve seen of his involvement in the local Democratic party. There definitely needs to be change. Having worked with Cynthia Busch since 2008, I know how capable, energetic and caring she is. If I could vote, she would get it hands down.


Niomi Devereux,
Volunteer with Organizing for America
863 Spinnaker Drive West
Hollywood FL 33019

I am starting my third term as a precinct committeewoman for K13 in Lauderdale Lakes. I worked with OFA, Cynthia Busch, and Alan Ehrlich registering voters, canvassing, and also some phone banking. And I do feel strongly about the work performed by Cynthia and Alan along with the OFA played a major role in the re-election of President Obama. All of the times I was working on the campaign, not once did Mitch make an appearance or offer assistance. However, he was very quick to accept credit for the success. The true DEC members knew deep in their hearts who the “feet on the street for Obama” were, and it was not Mitch! He is a lobbyist, and he uses his DEC chairmanship to further his personal career for monetary reasons. He appoints the same DEC members over and over, year after year to be a part of his management team. He is hesitant to listen to new ideas and/or recommendations. He wants to be in the spot light at all times. We need young Democrats to further our goals in Broward County. You can rest assured that I’ll be voting for Cynthia at the December meeting! Thank you, Niomi for your hard work!

— Janet Thompson