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Geller on C-SPAN: DNC turning Fla. 'bright red'



Senate Democratic Leader Steve Geller brightened up C-SPAN's droll proceedings with a Sunday morning appearance on Washington Journal, where he reviewed the prospects for a "do-over" primary and again blasted Howard Dean and the Democratic National Committee for punishing Florida Democrats. Geller said the drop-dead deadline for instituting a party-run mail election is Monday.

"I hate the idea of a do-over," Geller said, but if it's the recourse left to get Florida's delegates seated at the party convention in Denver in August, it should be explored. He added: "I fail to understand why the Democratic National Committee and the credentials committee ... are doing their best to turn this purple state bright red." Like Joe Namath in Super Bowl III, Geller virtually guaranteed a Republican victory in Florida in November if the delegate mess isn't fixed in Florida's favor.

The last phone caller, from  Ohio, incorrectly accused Geller of being part of a "Democratic Senate" and when Geller displayed his disagreement, the caller said: "Don't sit there and shake your head at me." Said Geller: "The facts you have given me are just incorrect."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:18pm]


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