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DNC stalling FL, hoping Clinton drops out?



STORY HERE: "There’s obviously a stall going on. .... They’re treating Florida worse than their own dog,’’ said Jon Ausman of Tallahassee, who five weeks ago filed two appeals with the Democratic National Committee’s rules and bylaws committee, arguing that the committee overstepped its authority in stripping away all of Florida’s delegates to the national convention.

For weeks, Ausman said he has been unable to get calls returned the prominent co-chairs of that committee, Alexis Herman and Jim Roosevelt, or any word on how the committee will proceed. Either they want to wait until a candidate drops out of the race or don’t want to admit they made a mistake in punishing Florida so severely for setting a primary earlier than the DNC allowed, Ausman said.

"They need to step up to the plate or they just need to admit what their going to do, which is nothing. Obviously the process and the rules don’t count,’’ said Ausman, a party rules maven whose appeals were seen as the fastest vehicle for getting Florida’s delegates controversy resolved.

Meanwhile, Florida Sen. Bill Nelson and U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Miramar, on Monday called on Dean to release the confidential staff recommendations issued three weeks ago on Ausman’s appeal.

"Under the process staff had two weeks to make their recommendation to the co-chairs, which they have done. The co-chairs are now reviewing the recommendation, when they decide how to proceed, it will be made public,’’ said DNC spokesman Luis Miranda.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 10:52am]


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