Mark Siegel loses bid to represent local Democrats at state party meetings

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Mark Alan Siegel told a reporter for a conservative web site during the Democratic National Convention in September that, "The fundamentalist Christians want Jews to die and convert so they bring on the second coming of their lord."

He said those remarks were taken out of context but resigned as Palm Beach County Democratic chair days after the clip of his comments want viral.

On Thursday night, he put himself up for state committeeman, to represent Palm Beach at state party meetings.

"We will turn the state party into a thriving grassroots organization using the same tactics that we have used to make Palm Beach County great and successful. Give me the chance," Siegel told his audience at the Vista Building near the intersection of Okeechobee Blvd. and Jog Rd. in West Palm Beach.

Party faithful chose between Siegel and two others - Irv Rosenthal and John Ramos, who took a subtle dig at Siegel in his nomination speech.

"This is a party of inclusiveness," said Siegel.

Voters voted the old fashioned way, counters counted by hand.

No machines, except when it was time to add.

And in the end. Mark Alan Siegel found out that google never forgets.

John Ramos won the three-way-race with 50 percent of the vote.

Siegel says the video - which was played on conservative talk shows on repeat - did him in.

"Of course it did. The right wing liars have claimed another victim."

Toni Rosenberg, a Boca Raton Democrat, says it would have been an embarrassment to have Siegel back in party leadership.

"As a leader of any party or any group, you have to stand up for what's right," said Rosenberg.

The final vote was Ramos with 128 votes, Siegel with 87 and Rosenthal with 39.

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