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Shocker: Dean Wants A FL And MI ‘Do-Over’

From the DNC’s Associated Press:

Joanne Fsadni casts her ballot at a polling station during the US presidential Florida primary election in January 2008 in Holopaw, Florida.

Dean Urges Do-Over Voting in Fla., Mich.

By JOAN LOWY, Associated Press Writer

(03-06) WASHINGTON, (AP) — Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean urged Florida and Michigan party officials to come up with plans to repeat their presidential nominating contests so that their delegates can be counted.

“All they have to do is come before us with rules that fit into what they agreed to a year and a half ago, and then they’ll be seated,” Dean said during a round of interviews Thursday on network and cable TV news programs.

The two state parties will have to find the funds to pay for new contests without help from the national party, Dean said.

“We can’t afford to do that. That’s not our problem. We need our money to win the presidential race,” he said. The DNC offered to pay for an alternative contest in Florida last summer but was turned down, officials at the party say.

Officials in Michigan and Florida are showing renewed interest in holding repeat presidential nominating contests so that their votes will count in the epic Democratic campaign.

The Michigan governor, top officials in Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign, and Florida’s state party chair all are now saying they would consider holding a sort of do-over contest by June. That’s a change from the previous insistence from officials in both states that the primaries they held in January should determine how their delegates are allocated.

Clinton campaign communications director Howard Wolfson said in a conference call with reporters Thursday that it’s hard to envision a scenario where the Florida and Michigan delegations are not seated at the conventions.

That would send a “very unsettling signal to the people of those states,” Wolfson said…

Clinton won both contests, but the results were meaningless because the elections violated national party rules.

“We believe that vote ought to count,” Wolfson said…

“The rules were set a year and a half ago,” Dean said. “Florida and Michigan voted for them, then decided that they didn’t need to abide by the rules. Well, when you are in a contest you do need to abide by the rules. Everybody has to play by the rules out of respect for both campaigns and the other 48 states.”

Notice that the Democrats can’t even run a simple primary. (No mere mortal can even figure out the delegate count at the moment, for just one example of their preposterous system.)

And yet they insist that they should be running the country?

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, March 6th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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