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Deadline near in Democrat’s Delegate Debacle

February 18th, 2008 by flanews

A March 1st, deadline looms for Florida Democrats to make their voice heard at the national convention. That’s the day the national party certifies delegates around the nation. As Mike Vasilinda tells us, one Florida based Democratic National Committeeman says the party is violating its own rules.

Hear it here: Deadline near in Democrat’s Delegate Debacle

Hillary Clinton wants Florida’s Democratic delegates seated. Barack Obama Doesn’t. In the middle, 1.72 million democrats who cast a ballot on January 29th.

One National Committeeman is now saying that the national party is violating its own rules and bylaws by not seating all 22 Florida super delegates and at least half of the pledged delegates. Jon Ausman will file paperwork to begin a challenge this week.

“The reality is that if the national party follows its own rules, then we should have 22 super delegates and 91 pledged delegates as well,” said Jon Ausman, Democratic National Committeeman.

The documents seem clear. Party bylaws call for seating the super delegates, like US Senator Bill Nelson and nine democratic members of congress. The documents also spell out that the state should have lost, at best, only half its delegates.

“Obama is up by roughly 100 delegates and if we counted the Florida delegates, Hillary Clinton would cut that down by 37,” said Ausman.

The top democrat in the state house calls the showdown a mess that threatens November.

“The planets always seem to align and the bounces always seem to bounce in a way that puts us in the center of something that’s all weird and screwed up and that’s almost where we are right now,” Ausman said.

Whatever happens will make some democrats unhappy. The outcome of the election in November may depend on just how angry they become. If the challenge being filed is successful and Florida does get all its Super delegates and half of its elected delegates, Democrats would be in the same strait as Florida Republicans, who lost half of their national delegates for holding and early primary.

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