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Greer: Don't sweat the RNC delegate cuts



100_0044_2 Like manna from Heaven, the Democratic presidential candidates' boycott of the Florida primary has GOP leaders giddy. "I cannot imagine any candidate for president ever signing (such a pledge), but they have,'' a smiling Greer told state party leaders at their board meeting Sunday. The party leader said Republicans are likely to hear about the RNC declaring Florida's GOP in violation of the rules, but not to worry much about it.


First of all, the state party is making a legal argument that because Florida's delegates aren't allocated for Jan. 29, the state isn't violating the rules. Secondly, the RPOF is making a compelling political argument: "Our party, because of what the Democrats have done, has an opportunity that it has never had before to step forward and say every vote will count (and) no state will have its delegates reduced. And it will benefit our party for 50 years to come...Rules are import to any organization, but no one should be a prisoner of the rules."

Greer said he asks every presidential candidate he speaks to to promise to seat all of Florida's 114 delegates to the convention, and "I can assure you those conversations have gone along very positively....When you read that the national party says Florida is penalized by 50 percent of its vote, tell your neighbors, say "Fellow Republicans, don't panic.'..At the end of the day, when the gavel comes down at that convention, I think we're going to have all of our delegates but if not, we're in a great place either way."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 11:22am]


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