Washington, DC â€“ The Members of Floridaâ€™s Democratic Delegation in the U.S. House of Representatives issued the following statement regarding the seating of Floridaâ€™s delegates at the DNC National Convention this August.
â€œWe are committed to working with the DNC, the Florida State Democratic party, our Democratic leaders in Florida, and our two candidates to reach an expedited solution that ensures our 210 delegates are seated.
â€œOur House delegation is opposed to a mail-in campaign or any redo of any kind.â€
This surprises me. Perhaps they just want to seat them evenly and be done with it? Because I think we’re all well aware that any suggestions to seat them based on the results from that non-contest would be met with torches and pitchforks.
And by the way, would the political shows please keep Republican Governor Charlie Crist out of this debate on Dem delegates please? I have no problem with him talking about getting all the Republican delegates seated, but he has no business in Dem territory, especially since his Republican legislature created this mess in the first place…
In the 2007 legislative session, the Republican Speaker of the House made it a priority to move up the Primary to January, in violation of both Democratic and Republican National Committee Rules. […]
Party leaders, Chairwoman Thurman and members of Congress then lobbied Democratic members of the Legislature through a variety of means to prevent the primary from moving earlier than February 5th. Party leadership and staff spent countless hours discussing our opposition to and the ramifications of a pre-February 5th primary with legislators, former and current Congressional members, DNC members, DNC staff, donors, activists, county leaders, media, legislative staff, Congressional staff, municipal elected officials, constituency leaders, labor leaders and counterparts in other state parties. In response to the Partyâ€™s efforts, Senate Democratic Leaders Geller and Wilson and House Democratic Leaders Gelber and Cusack introduced amendments to CS/HB 537 to hold the Presidential Preference Primary on the first Tuesday in February, instead of January 29th. These were both defeated by the overwhelming Republican majority in each house.
The primary bill, which at this point had been rolled into a larger legislation train, went to a vote in both houses. It passed almost unanimously. The final bill contained a whole host of elections legislation, much of which Democrats did not support. However, in legislative bodies, the majority party can shove bad omnibus legislation down the minorityâ€™s throats by attaching a couple of things that made the whole bill very difficult, if not impossible, to vote against. This is what the Republicans did in Florida, including a vital provision to require a paper trail for Florida elections. There was no way that any Florida Democratic Party official or Democratic legislative leader could ask our Democratic members, especially those in the Florida Legislative Black Caucus, to vote against a paper trail for our elections. It would have been embarrassing, futile, and, moreover, against Democratic principles.
So Charlie, we all acknowledge your little ploy worked, but now you need to quit sticking your nose where it doesn’t belong.