Dean says Florida Dems will pay

06/12/07 Mitch E. Perry
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Yesterday, WMNF reported on how the Florida Democratic Party said that they were proudly going to keep their Presidential Primary on January 29th of next year, despite the fact that the Democratic National Committee in Washington has threatened to take away their delegates to the National Convention, and take delegates from any candidate who campaigns in Florida.

Attempts to reach the DNC in Washington were not successful.

But now video footage from an impromptu question and answer session taken from New Hampshire Sunday night may provide the answer.

Dean’s comments are taken from the website of Victory NH Primary Defenders, a group which is campaigning to maintain the state’s first in the nation Primary schedule. (roll tape#1 o.q.”ineligible for delegates”)

On Sunday afternoon, Florida Democrats voted to go ahead with the January 29th primary, knowing full well that such a move could come with sanctions.

Those sanctions have been created because DNC Chairman Howard Dean wanted to insure that not only would Iowa and New Hampshire maintain their first in the nation status when it comes to voting in caucuses and primaries, but that Nevada and South Carolina would also get their crack at going before anybody else in 2008.

But now every state in the country has seemingly moved their primaries immediately after those 4 states – and Florida has done one better, or worse, as the case maybe, going on January 29th.

The Republican National Committee has also threatened sanctions, but that does not seem to be an issue at the moment.

Frank Sanchez is working as Barack Obama’s Regional Campaign Finance Director in Florida. He says that Howard Dean and the DNC should recognize that the new state law mandating the January 29th Primary, was actually led by state Republicans, not Democrats – and should be treated accordingly (roll tape#2 o.q.”these factors”)

So far, none of the Democratic candidates for President have indicated that they will NOT continue to campaign in Florida. The St. Pete Times reports that John Edwards held a fundraiser in Miami last night, and will hold another fundraiser in the Tampa Bay Area on June 29th. To observe Howard Dean making those comments, you can go to the web at

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