Another Democrat sues over delegates

11/20/07 Mitch E. Perry
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A Mason Dixon poll released Monday revealed that a fifth of all of those surveyed said they were less likely to vote for a Democrat who pledged not to campaign in Florida because of the state’s early primary date.

Pollster Brad Coker said those numbers indicate that the decision by most of the Democratic candidates not to campaign before the Jan. 29 presidential primary "could come back to hurt the party in the general election."

Controversy over the Democratic National Committee’s decision to strip Florida’s delegates because of its early primary date continues to be an issue for Florida Democrats.

Today, a Florida member of the Democratic National Committee filed a lawsuit against the state today, challenging the ability of the DNC to strip Florida of its 210 national convention delegates for violating a party rule requiring the state to hold its primary after Feb. 5.

Jon Ausman filed the lawsuit in Leon County, along with Alma Gonzalez, special counsel to the American Federation of State, County and Muncipal Elections. It’s target is different than two previous lawsuits regarding the controversy - one was filed by U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, the other by Tampa Democratic consultant Vic DiMaio.

Ausman is suing Florida, not the DNC or the state Democratic Party.

The Republican National Committee has already announced that the Florida GOP will lose half its delegates to the Republican National Committee because of the early primary voting date. But it has not barred the candidates from campaigning in Florida.

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