St. Petersburg based Democratic party activist David Schauer, treasurer for the Pinellas County DEC as well as for St. Pete Pride, says hes disgusted with District 18 state Senator Arthenia Joyner, and is strongly considering challenging her in the August 24 Democratic primary.
Schauer told CL today that he will travel to Washington next week and speak with the Victory Fund and other groups that financially support gay candidates for possible funding assistance.
Joyner is running for re-election this year after winning the Hillsborough/Pinellas/Manatee based senate seat in 2006, succeeding Les Miller. Previously she served in the Florida House for six years.
But Schauer says Joyners been an ineffective legislator who ignores her constituents, saying, My gut reaction is that she sees the voters as a nuisance to keep her job.
As an example, Schauer mentions an annual Democratic party dinner event that he organizes that he tried to invite Joyner to.
He said that combined he and Pinellas Democratic party chair Ramsey McLaughlan both contacted her office over a dozen times, and said the only response they received came from a Joyner staff member asking them not to use a particular e-mail address. He said that Joyner then called state party chair Karen Thurman to get her put on the event, but then says she didnt even buy a ticket to the dinner, and still demanded to be featured at the event, which to Schauer just showed complete arrogance and lack of respect.