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Tuesday, October 21, 2003


What's the deal with Florida?

posted by annatopia at Tuesday, October 21, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Shenanigans! I call shenanigans on the DNC! It seems that our good buddies at the DNC have been messing with Dean and Clark. Florida is having a democratic convention in my hometown of Orlando in early December, in which the state's first straw poll will be conducted. Approximately 3000 party activists are expected to attend, and the informal straw poll could give a boost to whomever wins. John Kerry's deputy campaign manager, Marcus Jadotte, has accused Dean of attempting to "stack the deck" in Dean's favor. *sigh* Marcus, honey, give it up.
Now the reason I'm calling shenanigans has nothing to do with Marky-Mark and everything to do with the information being given to Dean and Clark by the DNC:
It appears increasingly inevitable that the straw poll would happen despite the DNC's protests.
Maddox said Saturday that he expects the state party's central committee to vote next month to conduct the poll.
Among the campaigns, confusion reigns over what to make of the DNC's boycott threat.
Aides to Edwards said last week that the North Carolina senator would definitely participate in the straw poll.
Jadotte said Saturday that the Kerry campaign ''has no position'' on the poll and had not seen the DNC's letter.
Trippi, Dean's campaign manager, said he was told by DNC officials that every campaign had agreed to sign on to the boycott threat except Dean's. Matt Bennett, a spokesman for Clark, said the Clark campaign was given the same pitch by the DNC -- that only Clark remained uncommitted to the boycott.
''This puts all of the campaigns in an awkward position,'' Bennett said, adding that the campaign revoked its signature from the letter Saturday after learning it was misled by a DNC operative.
A DNC spokesman could not be reached.

Come on, guys! You'd think we were discussing From and Reed here, not ol' Terry-Mac! Why in the world would the DNC advocate a boycott of the straw poll? Are they scared of an outsider winning the poll? Sheesh, you'd think Terry and the DNC has gotten a brain transplant from our longtime allies (ha!) at the DLC. I mean really, for all the issues I have with the Clark campaign, you've gotta give them props for reinvigorating the base, just like we've done. Listen DNC, why not just kick back and let the chips (or straws) fall where they may. The party may end up benefitting from it.


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