Democrats mostly indifferent to re-vote by mail
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03/11/08 Mitch E. Perry
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Top Florida Democrats are looking into hiring a private accounting firm and a direct mail house to send ballots to four million Democratic voters so they can choose between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama as their presidential nominee, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

The campaign is being pushed by Florida’s senior Democrat, Sen. Bill Nelson, a superdelegate who supports Hillary Clinton.

But another Clinton superdelegate from Florida, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, doesn’t want another vote.

Today in Tampa, there was little public enthusiasm for such a do-over by mail. At a gathering of the Democratic Professionals Council at Mise en Place restaurant, Obama supporter Al Fox said Florida’s delegates should not be counted.

Farouk Meeta, also an Obama supporter, agrees that "the rules are the rules." He agrees with one proposal previously floated by advocates of the frontrunner, which is to ignore the results in January, in which Clinton ran up a 38-delegate advantage, and make it a 50/50 split of delegates for both candidates.

Kristin Prezlamic said she’s conflicted about what to do.

Some Democrats questioned by WMNF said the debate about the delegates was not at the forefront of what they’re trying to accomplish.

Obama supporter Sharon Semek says she was ambivalent about the vote by mail proposal, but she thinks it could be a great organizing tool for Democrats.

The editor and publisher of the tri-lingual weekly newspaper La Gateca, Patrick Mantiega, is a Clinton supporter. He’s firmly of the opinion that the results of the Jan. 29 primary should count.

Former Tampa City Councilman Bob Buckhorn also supports Clinton. He applauds Sen. Nelson’s efforts, but doesn’t think it will happen.

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