Florida Democratic Party Chair Manny Diaz resigned after his party suffered major losses across the state in the November midterm elections.
The South Florida Sun Sentinel said his resignation came in a Monday letter to state party members.
"After much reflection, I regret to inform you that I have chosen to retire as FDP Chair, effective immediately," Diaz wrote. "It has been a pleasure and honor to work with you, and rest assured, I will continue to fight with you to get Democrats elected."
Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis won re-election by a landslide of nearly 20 percentage points in November. In addition, the GOP won all three state Cabinet seats and supermajorities in the Florida Legislature, and picked up four congressional seats.
"Floridians overwhelmingly adopted constitutional amendments that reflect our values," Diaz wrote. "However, we cannot win elections if we continue to rely on voter registration to drive turnout, build field operations only around elections, and expect to get our vote out without engaging voters where they live; listening to them and earning their trust."
Newly sworn-in Rep. Jared Moskowitz, D-Fla., tweeted: "I like Manny. But you can't lose by 19 points and get to stay to talk about it."
The Tampa Bay Times noted that former state Rep. Sean Shaw, a prominent Democrat, tweeted: "I don't care about the ideology of the next Chair … I care about their ability to register voters and run the actual operation of @FlaDems competently. Everything else comes after that."
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