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DNC rules maestro: No regrets on FL



Rbc_3  Jim Roosevelt, co-chairman of the DNC's rules and bylaws committee, tells us there's no date in mind yet for the next Rules and Bylaws Committee and that if he and co-chair Alexis Herman agree the RBC should hear Jon Ausman's challenge to get Fl delegates reinstated, it could be weeks before a meeting is set.

So are they stalling for time so that the  Clinton and Obama campaign can come up with a mutually agreed upon solution that complies with the rules? "I'd love it if that happened, but I am not planning to wait around for that to happen,''  said Roosevelt, who has not yet reviewed the staff recommendation thoroughly on Ausman's challenges.

We couldn't resist asking if, knowing what he knows now - namely that it's taken waaay longer than Super Tuesday to get a nominee picked and FL and Michigan resolved- he regrets the RBC stripping away all of Florida's delegates, instead of just half.

"No second thoughts, no second-guessing. Obviously I think everybody in politics had a different set of assumptions at that time. But it's also true that if the rules aren't followed .... we'll have primaries and caucuses on Halloween next (cycle),'' responded Roosevelt, noting that he was taken aback recently to see Sen. Bill Nelson on TV talking about this issue and stressing that rules must be followed.

Buzz also wondered if he thought Florida Democrats damaged their case before the committee by insisting they were helpless victims of the meanie Republicans in the legislature. Roosevelt just noted that the committee was unconvinced that Florida Democrats tried their darndest to comply with the rules.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 10:49am]


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