RNC Chair: Fla GOPers will feel the penalty for early primary
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, in Tampa for the RNC's summer meeting, reiterated again today that any state that violates the party's sanctioned primary will be penalized. And, he expects, not semi-penalized as happened in 2008 when Florida violated the schedule, had half it's 114 convention delgates stripped away, but those delegates were still allowed on the convention floor as "honored guests."
"My sense of the committee is that they feel like this is their convention, we're going to enforce the rules, we spent two years putting these rules together and I think youre going to see an RNC that not only enforces the rules but makes sure the rules are followed - not only in letter but in spirit," Priebus said.
Florida has no primary date yet, though a not-yet-named committee is supposed to settle on one by Oct. 1. The RNC allows only Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada to hold nominating contests before March 6, and Florida GOP leaders had been looking at setting it for March 1.
But with states including Colorado, Arizona, Missouri and Michigan positioning themselves for February primaries, it looks more and more likely Florida will wind up in February or January.