Editor's note: Jason Rae is a Democratic superdelegate from Wisconsin and has pledged his support to Sen. Barack Obama. He agreed to blog for 360° about his experiences.
I was glad to see the joint statement today by the DNC and the Florida Democratic Party over the seating of the Florida delegation to the Democratic National Convention. Governor Dean deserves to be applauded for his continuing efforts to make sure that the voters of Florida are heard and represented.
However, I want to urge caution to Governor Dean and the rest of the Florida delegation. The statement says: “We are all committed to doing everything we can to ensure that a Florida delegation is seated in Denver.” The only thing that can be done though is to allow for a revote of some sort, be it through a primary or a party-run caucus. Anything short of that, such as seating the delegations as is, and we open the floodgates for an even messier nomination process in 2012...
The DNC clearly established rules regarding when states could begin holding their nominating contests. That date was February 5. Florida submitted a plan to hold an event on January 29, several days before the window opens. The Florida Democratic Party was given an opportunity to change their event, but refused to do so back in January. They knew the consequences of their actions and I believe it is imperative that we stick by those consequences. Anything short of redoing the vote gives every other state the opportunity to break the DNC rules in 2012 and make the claim, “Well Florida got away with it, so why can’t we?”
Again, I want to thank Governor Dean for his continuing work on this effort. Florida is a crucial state, and we should continue working on this issue. But, at the same time, we need to remember that they did knowingly violate the rules and regulations that were laid out to them. I hope we continue working on this effort, but to me, the only acceptable solution is holding a new nominating contest in Florida.
– Jason Rae, Democratic Superdelegate
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