Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Florida Dems: No Mail

Florida Democrats will have to find another way to get to Denver this summer.

Setting the stage for a contentious fight well into the summer, Florida Democrats gave up Monday on redoing their Jan. 29 presidential primary, leaving it to the national party or rivals Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama to hammer out a solution to make the state’s delegates count.

Florida Democrats, who had already closed the door on holding a full-scale conventional election or a caucus, scrapped the controversial vote-by-mail primary they had proposed less than a week ago as their best option, saying it just isn’t possible.

”While your reasons vary widely, the consensus is clear: Florida doesn’t want to vote again. So we won’t,” Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Karen Thurman said late Monday in a letter to Florida Democrats.

The move came as Michigan Democrats inched closer to resolving their outsider status by staging a privately funded, state-administered primary revote, leaving Florida as possibly the only state that will not weigh in on the most competitive campaign in decades.

Once again Florida backs itself into possibly screwing up another election for the Democrats.