Florida Democrats Resilient

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The Democratic National Committee is threatening to deny Florida convention delegates. And the Democratic presidential candidates are refusing to campaign in the state.

'It makes you mad,' says Manteiga. 'It makes you understand that this party sometimes gets lost and that it's the people at the bottom that make it.'

Tampa Congresswoman Kathy Castor says the political escapades are obscuring 'real issues' like affordable health care. She says Florida Democrats should send DNC Chairman Howard Dean a message and have a huge turnout for the January 29th Presidential Primary.

Manteiga and Castor were among the thousands who attended a Labor Day barbecue sponsored by local unions.

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