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No mercy for Fla delegates from RNC, predicts RNC vice chair

7

April

The Republican National Committee has cut Florida’s delegation from 100 to 50 and promises to limit the number of floor passes and other perks Florida receives as punishment for moving its primary to January in violation of the party’s rules.

Any chance for some last minute mercy in the name of keeping activists happy in America’s biggest battleground state. No way, predicts RNC vice chair Sharon Day of Broward County.

"Were a two-time offender, so I don’t see it see it happening," she said, referring to Florida breaking the same rules four years ago.

By moving the primary to January, Florida blew up the entire schedule and by some accounts contributed to the protracted primary that’s done little to help the GOP’s standing with the public. And contrary to what most Florida leaders predicted, the primary here did nothing to settle the nomination.

"The country is going through this awkward, pained process because we jumped so early - and we had no impact," Day said.

[Last modified: Saturday, April 7, 2012 1:16pm]

    

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