Clinton Dealt a Setback in Florida
INSIDE THE RULES AND BYLAWS COMMITTEE -- The Rules and Bylaws Committee soundly rejected a proposal to seat the entire Florida delegation, a serious blow to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's (N.Y.) call to adopt fully the results of the Sunshine State's primary.
The motion, which failed on a 15 to 12 vote was introduced by Alice Huffman, a California-based member of the Rules and Bylaws Committee who has endorsed Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.).
In doing so, Huffman said the proposal would "fully seat the Florida delegation", an announcement that drew huge and sustained applause from the assembled audience. (RBC co-chair Alexis Herman brought an end to that show of support; no fun allowed, apparently.)
"Given that [Florida Democrats] were not willing partners in this whole problem...we should not penalize them for something they did not really cause and could not prevent," concluded Huffman.
David McDonald, an uncommitte committee member, stood in opposition to the motion. "Essentially this motion would ask us to go back and redo a decision that we made when it wasn't complicated by campaign interests," said McDonald.
With Clinton's desire for full recognition of the Florida now off the table, the best the New York Senator's campaign can hope for is a 50 percent inclusion of pledged delegates and a full seating of the state's 23 superdelegates.
Once the motion to seat the full Florida delegation was defeated, the chant of "Denver" was taken up by some within the crowd.
May 31, 2008; 6:48 PM ET
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