Former controversial political leader wants to make comeback

PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL (WFLX) - The controversial former Palm Beach County Democratic Party leader appears set to try to get back into a leadership role.

Members of the Democratic Party feel it is too soon for Mark Siegel to try and run for a state position after he was forced to resign for making controversial remarks back in September.

During the Democratic National Convention, party leaders say, Siegel told a conservative Web site that Christians, who support Israel, wanted to see Jews slaughtered. A comment that Siegel says was taken out of context.

"I'm Jewish. I'm not a fan of any religion other than Judaism... The Christians just want us to be there, so we can be slaughtered and converted and bring on the second coming of Jesus Christ."
Now, the former chairman is hoping to return to party leadership by running for the Democratic State Committeeman.

He's challenging incumbent John Ramos and Irving Rosenthal. This would make Siegel eligible to run for chairman of the Florida Democratic Party next month.

The Democratic Executive Committee meeting takes place at the Vista Center Thursday at 7 p.m.

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