DNC member okay with delegate split listen05/29/08 Mitch E. Perry
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In less than 48 hours, the Democratic National Committeeâ€™s Rules and Bylaws Committee meets to decide what to do with the delegates in Florida and Michigan.
Sen. Bill Nelson is scheduled to make a presentation shortly after 9:30 a.m., representing the Florida Democratic party. Heâ€™ll be followed by Florida DNC member Jon Ausman and Tampa Sen. Arthenia Joyner, representing the Clinton campaign. It is not known at this time who will represent the Obama campaign.
ABC News reports that many of the members on the panel say Hillary Clinton will not get what she wants, full restoration of the delegates.
Committee co-chair James Roosevelt says the Clinton camp would have to persuade the Rules and By-Laws Committee that there was no violation of the rules. "I havenâ€™t seen anything to support that," he says.
Clinton supporters are expected to pack the hotel room where Saturdayâ€™s meeting will take place, with demonstrators outside as well.
The Atlantic Magazineâ€™s Marc Ambinder blogs on the magazineâ€™s website that some Clinton campaign surrogates have been quietly encouraging vocal protests at the meeting. He writes that "this will almost certainly backfire and wind up steeling the committeeâ€™s spine."
Tallahassee DNC member Jon Ausman will be speaking Saturday. Speculation has surfaced in the past few days that splitting Floridaâ€™s 211 delegates in half will probably be the remedy. Ausman says heâ€™s okay with that remedy.
Ausman filed a delegate challenge with the Rules and Bylaws Committee months ago. Part of his challenge is that under its rules, the DNC should have reduced but not eliminated the delegation because that penalty is reserved for other violations.