Welcome to

Capitol News Service

Florida's Best Political Television Coverage


Visit the Lobby Tools Website


Visit Legislative IQ Website


Recent Posts



RSS Capitol News LIVE

RSS Quote of the Day

  • Plato
    "Man - a being in search of meaning."
  • Gordon Brown
    "I'm a father; that's what matters most. Nothing matters more."
  • Joseph Addison
    "A man should always consider how much he has more than he wants."
  • Josh Billings
    "Genius ain't anything more than elegant common sense."

Top Florida Democrats Ask For Forgiveness

January 23rd, 2008 by flanews

Top Florida Democrats are making a last-minute plea to the party’s presidential candidates with the primary just days away.  The leading contenders signed a pledge not to campaign in Florida and the state lost its Democratic delegates because the primary was moved to January 29th. As Chris Casquejo tells us, the state’s elected Democrats say two days of campaigning are better than none.

Hear it here: Top Florida Democrats Ask For Forgiveness

Democratic presidential hopefuls signed a pledge not to campaign here after the national party penalized the state for its early primary. But now the top elected Democrat in the state, CFO Alex Sink, is asking for forgiveness, and for the candidates to campaign here after the South Carolina primary on Saturday.

“They understand what’s at stake here in Florida,” Sink said.  “The power of the media, and the opportunity to get their message out about their agenda.”

National party rules allow 4 states to hold nominating contests before February 5th.  Florida is not one of them.  Voters say the ban on Democrats campaigning hurts the state.

“It’s not doing a lot of good to get the voters involved, let’s put it that way,” said voter Bob McGuire.  “If you feel like you’re vote doesn’t count now, it counts even less.  And that’s not a good message to send to voters.”

In this case, even the state’s top Republican agrees with Democrats.

“My preference for my fellow Floridians, regardless of party, is that they have the opportunity to see candidates up close,” said Gov. Charlie Crist.  “I think it’s a shame that they’ve made this ruling and I wish they were here.”

To punish the state for the early primary, Florida was stripped of its delegates at this summer’s Democratic national convention.  The GOP is losing half its delegates over the early primary date.

The Democrats will hold their nominating convention in Denver in August. The GOP will pick its candidate in Minneapolis in September.

Posted in Charlie Crist, Elections, Politics, State News, Voting | No Comments »

Leave a Comment

Please note: Comment moderation is enabled and may delay your comment. There is no need to resubmit your comment.

copyright © 2016 by Capitol News Service | Powered by Wordpress | Hosted by LyonsHost.com