Senator Bill Nelson joins DBCF President Henry Crespo at president’s kickoff reception
Crespo and Senator Nelson
Florida United States Senator Bill Nelson showed up at the Democratic Black Caucus Florida President’s Kickoff Reception for Henry Crespo, Jr., the soon to be outgoing president of the organization, Friday evening, May 19 at the 35th Annual Democratic Black Caucus of Florida State Conference at the Rosen Centre, and he was the talk of the event.
Very cordial and willing to take selfies with almost everyone, Senator Nelson was warmly greeted with respect, love and honor for his involvement in improving the quality of life for all individuals in the sunshine state he has represented since 1972
Commenting on the prayer delivered by Rev. Leon Belton, President of Bay County chapter of the Black Caucus, the three term U.S. Senator said, “That prayer got me wanting to preach.”
Senator Nelson plans to run for re-election. My wife and I have made the decision to run for re-election, said Nelson to a thundering and receptive applause. “I need to stay in the playing field.”
“The Republicans’ health care bill has wracked Medicaid. They want to reverse the Affordable Care Act only because it was under Obama,” Nelson remarked. “They want to undue the 24 million people who are covered. And they will not cover those with pre-existing conditions, like asthma.”
Nelson encouraged everyone “to get motivated and make our voice count.”
President Crespo, alluding to the very successful evening’s event of food, fun and fellowship, acknowledged Senator Nelson with open arms, and said The DBCF is an organization that is empowering African Americans to engage on all levels. We feel a sense of pride when we keep moving forward.”
Regarding the 2017 DBCF general elections, Crespo said when the elections are over and whoever wins, we are still a family and we still have a mission.
Presentations were made by Pam Keith, a candidate for Congress, Thaddeus Hamilton and Michael Christine; both are candidates for commissioner of agriculture.