TALLAHASSEE -- State Rep. Mark Pafford, D-West Palm Beach, wants to be the next Democratic leader in the Florida House.
Pafford filed paperwork with the House clerk's office announcing his intentions to seek the leadership position that will be voted on Wednesday night by House Democrats.
The election comes as a result of Democrats' decision to oust state Rep. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, as the minority leader for the 2014-2016 legislative session. Democrats met for about three hours last night in a closed door meeting where they decided to remove Rouson from the job.
Rouson had angered many members and party officials earlier this year when he set up a fundraising committee separate from the Florida Democratic Party's operation. The move lead Florida Democratic Party Chair Allison Tant to fire two staffers who had set up the operation at Rouson's request.
Other House Democrats are also expected to throw their hats in the ring for the leader position including State Rep. Mia Jones, D-Jacksonville, who narrowly lost to Rouson when the members voted for the leader position last winter.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun