Geller on why he's suing the DNC listen05/22/08 Mitch E. Perry
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Senate Democratic Leader Steve Geller today announced that he has filed suit in federal court to force the national Democratic Party to recognize the votes cast by 1.75 million Floridians during the Jan. 29 presidential primary and seat the stateâ€™s delegation with full voting authority.
Geller is an uncommitted â€œsuper delegate.â€ There are two other plaintiffs, a Barack Obama delegate and a Hillary Clinton delegate.
The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. The litigation outlines the rules which the DNC is obliged to follow but did not, along with certain U.S. Constitutional rights the veteran state lawmaker and party super delegate contends are being violated.
Geller says the DNC stripped the state of its entire delegation without first conducting a meaningful probe and without ever contacting the key Democratic lawmakers. He also argues that other states that moved up primaries were not sanctioned. And he finds fault with the DNCâ€™s argument that the party should have held a post-primary caucus to make up for the primary.
â€œThe caucus the DNC tried to force upon Florida would hardly provide a representative sample of the millions who voted or the rich diversity of the state and would, as the DNC designed it, have been illegal,â€œ Geller says.
There have been two previous lawsuits against the DNC over the delegate situation. Sen. Bill Nelsonâ€™s suit was thrown out. Tampa political consultant Vic DiMaioâ€™s is still alive, and he has announced a news conference tomorrow to update the situation.