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Campaigns to Sort Out Delegate Mess

March 18th, 2008 by Mike Vasilinda

The Florida Democratic Party has given up on seating the states delegates to the national convention. As Mike Vasilinda tells us, party leaders say they have done all they can do.

Hear it here: Democrats Relying on Campaigns to Sort Out

The Florida Democrats website says thousands of people responded when asked their opinion about a mail in re vote. Party leaders have so far refused to make the correspondence available. But from the writings, Party Chairwoman Karen Thurman says the mail-in was doomed to fail.

People we would count on to help us carry this out just think we should move on from this, Thurman said.

The Democrats have no alternative plan in the works.

What Florida Democrats are doing is throwing their hands up in the air and saying this is up to the national party and the candidates to work out.

Democratic national committeeman and Obama supporter Alan Katz says the only acceptable alternative is to split the delegates.

Senator Clinton and Senator Obama both agree that no delegates would be selected on the 29th of January, Katz said. This is nothing new.

But splitting delegates is being rejected by party leaders because it does not reflect the vote on January 29th. Another committeeman has filed an appeal, trying to seat half the delegates.

The rules and bylaws committee gave us the death penalty instead of actually applying their own rules the way that they were written, committeeman Jon Ausman said.

A decision in a federal lawsuit is also pending and could result in delegates being seated or not. But as the clock ticks, options for Democrats are dwindling.

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