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Fla Democrats want to change 2012 primary date



flbutton.jpgIt's Republicans who will decide whether and how to reschedule Florida's statutorily set January 2012 presidential primary date, and there's little consensus among top GOPers about whether to comply with the schedule called for by the national Republican and Democratic primaries. But after Florida's Democratic presidential primary fiasco of 2008, Democratic chairman Rod Smith is eager to follow the rules. He sent this out today:

Chairman David Bitner
Republican Party of Florida
420 E. Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Dear Chairman Bitner,
Congratulations on your election as Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida.
On behalf of the Florida Democratic Party, I write today asking for your support to change the date of Florida’s 2012 presidential preference primary. This move is critically important to ensure full representation of our state at our respective national conventions since Florida law currently sets the date of the presidential primary as the last Tuesday in January, which is out of compliance with the rules of both parties.
As you may know, for the first time ever the Republican National Committee has adopted the same timing rules as the Democratic National Committee, which came about through bi-partisan cooperation between the two parties.
It is my sincere hope that we, in the same spirit of cooperation, can work together on selecting a date that complies with the rules set by both national parties. While changing the date of the primary would require action by the Republican Legislature and Governor, I am confident that we can make this happen. 
I look forward to working with you on this issue.
Rod Smith
Chairman, Florida Democratic Party

[Last modified: Friday, January 21, 2011 1:55pm]


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