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Time for FL Democrats to caucus?



Flbutton Now that Florida's rogue Democratic primary is over, maybe it's time for Florida Democrats to  start talking once again (as Gene Smith does here) about holding caucuses to divvy up Florida's Democratic delegates and ensure Florida actually winds up with a voice at the national convention. So far we've failed to get calls returned from Karen Thurman, but the Buzz is that Florida Democrats are talking about that very idea or at least leaving it on the table as an option.

But then we caught up with Bill Nelson today: "Absolutely not," he said when asked if caucuses might be a good idea. "It's a huge cost."

Nelson, a Clinton backer, remains confident Florida's delegates will be seated, though he said Howard Dean keeps insisting he's powerless to make it happen. "It hasn't sunk into their their thick heads, the chairman and the DNC, the train wreck that's about to come if we don't get those delegations seated."

In the unlikely scenario where the Florida and Michigan delegations would hand the nomination to Hillary Clinton, why in the world would Barack Obama support seating those delegations, we wondered. "Are you going to strong arm Florida and Michigan in order to get the nomination, knowing you'd have very little chance of winning those states on Nov. 4?," Nelson said.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:09pm]


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