It’s a cocktails and dinner party at the New York Yankee Steak House at the Seminole Casino in Coconut Creek. The event is only open to the leaders of the county Democratic Party plus presidents of Democratic clubs and their spouses or guests.
Ceasar is serving his fifth term as Broward Democratic chairman, and there’s always an undercurrent of dissatisfaction with his leadership.
But Chester Just, president of the Council of Club Presidents, said Ceasar deserves recognition.
“This is an appropriate vehicle and opportunity to give Mitch recognition that I think he deserves,” Just said. “He would be the herder or shepherder of cats. Have you ever tried to herd a bunch of cats? He’s been successful.”
Just, who is president of the Coral Springs-Parkland Democratic Club, declined to say how much the event would cost or who’s paying for it.
“The council is the one that’s sponsoring it,” he said. “For heaven’s sake, I don’t have the entire cost before me. What’s a dinner run?”
The Council of Club Presidents hasn’t always been friendly territory for Ceasar. One of its recent presidents, Bernie Parness, president Deerfield Beach Democratic Club, was an outspoken critic of Ceasar’s stewardship of the local party.
Just said past differences people have had with Ceasar aren’t relevant unless “someone wants to deliberately foment a dispute.
“I’m at odds with Mitch Ceasar on a number of issues, and I’m the same way with Bernie Parness, but we’re all Democrats and we’re all intent on changing the political climate in this state. And you don’t do it by carrying grudges.
“Mitch Ceasar won an open and honest election. Hey, whether you like the result or not, it was an open and honest election and he won it fair and square.”