Vic DiMaio speaks at Tampa Tiger Bay
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04/18/08 Arielle Stevenson
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After a failed lawsuit in August 2007 against the Democratic National Committee, Attorney Mike Steinberg and political consultant Victor DiMaio filed an appeal to get Florida delegates seated at the DNC convention in August. They spoke today at the Hillsborough Tiger Bay Club in Tampa.

Steinberg says he and DiMaio have filed an amended complaint as part of their appeal.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 states that no federally funded organization can discriminate based on race. What Steinberg and DiMaio discovered was that Democratic primaries in Nevada and South Carolina were allowed to occur before the window of other primaries because of their racial demographics.

If they lose the appeal, Steinberg has a backup plan to use Rule 11, which would take the case out of circuit courts and move immediately up to the Supreme Court.

Tom Greer, a member of Tiger Bay who identified himself as a card-carrying Republican, asked DiMaio to what extent was Howard Dean involved in the decision not to seat Florida delegates.

Adult entertainment entrepreneur and perpetual candidate Joe Redner told WMNF that he thinks with or without DiMaio, Florida’s delegates will get seated in August.

Anne Drake, who is the finance chair for the Pinellas county DEC, says that seating of Florida’s delegates will make a definite impact.

DiMaio said after the meeting the real reason he and Michael Steinberg filed this suit was not a partisan one.

Steinberg and Dimaio refilled their appeal several weeks ago are currently waiting for the DNC to respond.

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