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Sen. Bill Nelson All Kissy Face Now With DNC

Looks like Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) wants to kiss and make up with the Democratic National Committee. Then again, vice presidential ambitions do warm a man's heart.

After slapping the party with a lawsuit for stripping Florida of its convention delegates but then getting smacked down by a judge last week who ruled in favor of the DNC, Nelson now wants to party with his party. He has had such a change of heart that he wants to co-host next week's "Battleground 2008" fundraiser in Miami with DNC Chairman Howard Dean, who just last week was Nelson's bitter enemy.

National party officials were surprised when Nelson expressed an interest in co-hosting and attending the Miami event given that Nelson and Dean were duking it out in court just days ago. Some speculate it could have something to do with recent news reports suggesting Nelson could be a longshot pick for the veep slot on the Democratic ticket.

In ruling against Nelson and Co., a federal judge last week said the DNC has the power to enforce the primary voting calendar (and the right to punish states that disobey the party's wish that Florida and most other states hold their primaries or caucuses on or after Feb. 5.).

Asked if Nelson's interest in lending his name to next week's Miami fundraiser means he's ready to park it on Lover's Lane with Dean, Nelson spokesman Dan McLaughlin said, "It means he lent his name to the event because it's raising money for the federal account of the state party." And no, Nelson won't actually be at the event with his new best bud Dean since the Senate is scheduled to be in session.

Asked whether the DNC was ready to kiss Nelson back, DNC spokeswoman Karen Finney told us, "At the end of the day we are unified as a party in our desire to win in 2008, so we're all focused on working together to elect a Democratic president."

By Mary Ann Akers  |  December 13, 2007; 12:15 PM ET
 
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Nelson is such an opportunist.

This is too much.

Posted by: cab91 | December 13, 2007 3:36 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: algore | December 14, 2007 8:43 AM | Report abuse

What's wrong with being a good loser and accepting the judgement and moving on, in good faith and co-operation? We are all adults here, right?

Posted by: Kathleen Grasso Andersen | December 14, 2007 4:40 PM | Report abuse

speak for yourself

Posted by: Anonymous | December 17, 2007 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Whatever it takes to get the FL Dem's in play! This state is already IN hell (in the handbasket) with no one in Tallahassee except the crooks who got us here!

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Posted by: votenic | December 19, 2007 3:37 PM | Report abuse

florida should be paved over and just used for nascar and bill nelson can do whatever unspeakable things he wants to the dnc

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