Democrats urge candidates to campaign here

01/23/08 Mitch E. Perry
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A group of elected Democrats held a news conference today to formally ask the Democratic Party chairs in the early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina, to release the candidates for president from their no-campaign pledge in Florida.

The major candidates all signed such a pledge after the Democratic National Committee declared that no delegates would be awarded in the Jan. 29 primary because the state went against DNC rules in pushing the primary up to January.

With an important primary this Saturday in South Carolina, there would only be about three days for candidates to come to Florida.

Toni Molinaro is the chair of the Pinellas County Democratic Executive Committee. She thinks it would be great if the candidates could have face time before next week’s primary.

Meanwhile, although no delegates will be awarded to the Democrats on Tuesday, the state party still believes those delegates will be seated at the Democratic Convention in Denver in late summer.

On March 1st, district level delegates will be chosen at 25 locations across the state, including in Tampa and Largo.

State Party rules allocate delegates on a proportional basis. Therefore, the delegate allocation will break down based on the popular vote.

Pinellas County Democrats will be hosting a primary election viewing party Tuesday night at Kizmet nightclub, 1101 1st Ave. N. in St Pete.

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