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Kendrick Meek's former campaign guru disenfranchised Fla Democrats



It's probably a good thing for Kendrick Meek that Steve Hildebrand is no longer on the campaign. Otherwise this revelation in David Plouffe's book, The Audacity to Win,  about what happened after the DNC stripped away Florida's delegates could be rather awkward:

I asked (Obama deputy campaign manager) Steve Hildebrand to go on a secret diplomatic mission to speak with the four early-state party chairs (Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada), encouraging them to ask all the candidates to sign a pledge stating they would not campaign in any states (Florida and Michigan) that had violated the rules and were threatening the approved early states’ primacy. Yes, this was in our self-interest. But it was also in theirs. If these two big states were penalized as severely as possible, and we all committed not to campaign in them, then the role of the early states was protected with no ambiguity.

From our perspective, this would be the final nail in the coffin. The pledge would make the first four states as sacrosanct, and by signing it the Clinton people would box themselves in; they could not claim at a later date that Michigan and Florida were somehow valid contests.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 1:05pm]


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