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Nelson Fights for Florida

INSIDE THE RULES AND BYLAWS COMMITTEE MEETING -- Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) has his Irish up.

The senior senator from Florida, who has been tasked by the state party with representing its interests, was in the midst of delivering a somber and dispassionate appeal to the Rules and Bylaws Committee to recognize his state when committee member David MacDonald of Washington suggested that Florida Democrats were at least partly to blame for the situation in which the state currently finds itself.

Nelson, clearly perturbed, pushed back hard. "I came here in the spirit of unity designed to bring us together," he said. "I did not want to rehash the past." He then proceeded to rehash the past, making the case that Florida Democrats were trapped by state Republicans who control the state legislature and the governor's office.

Both men sought to downplay the obviously contentious nature of the exchange, insisting that the "adversial" tone would not in any way hamstring the attempts to bring the party together following the close of the Democratic nomination fight.

Um, ok.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 31, 2008; 11:30 AM ET
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WEXLER IS A TRAITOR TO VOTERS!

THIS IS ABOUT VOTERS RIGHTS!

I am a Florida voter who voted for Clinton. I demand my vote be counted in full. Like most FL voters, I was not able to attend the protest since like most FL voters I have a job and responsibilities which do not allow me to uproot and jump on a plane. Any way I wish all of us could have been there and I appreciate the efforts of others on my behalf.

Rules are meant to be broken if they serve to screw over voters. Every vote must be counted OR ELSE...imagine the repercussions. Obama has already damaged his image severely by thwarting the voters. I beleive Obama has already lost by his own actions.

Thank you Sen. Joyner and Sen. Bill Nelson for speaking up for us. We will not settle for anything but full recognition of our voters by the inept and bias DNC.

VOTERS ALWAYS COME FIRST IN A DEMOCRACY. Don't ever forget that.

BTW, let me make this clear.

The Florida Democratic Party has been fighting the DNC decision to strip us of our delegates SINCE THIS BEGAN. This has been going on for over 6 months with lawsuits and other actions. They do so on the voters behalf since we have assuaging them with angry phone calls and e-mails. Do NOT forget the elected officials SERVE THE VOTERS, NOT the other way around.

Posted by: Nexxus7 | May 31, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse


Obama made a MASSIVE MISTAKE THIS MORNING

He really did.

Obama should have shown up himself and DRAMATICALLY ENDORSED SEATING 100% of the DELEGATES FROM MICHIGAN AND FLORIDA.

That would have been good.


These are the Words of Wisdom.


.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 31, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Wexler was amazing! Chris--any chance that he's a dark horse candidate for VP? Would certainly move FL into play and help shore up the Jewish community's concerns about Obama?

Just a thought.

Posted by: Michael in Seattle | May 31, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Chris


Why is Wexler's face so red?


Is his breathing irregular

Someone help him...............

Posted by: Anonymous | May 31, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Is Wexler retiring or simply destroying his career ???


What is going on ???

Why would a Congressman ON NATIONAL TELEVISION SAY THAT THE VOTERS OF HIS DISTRICT SHOULD NOT COUNT ???


Some get Wexler a straight jacket.

Some get Wexler some help now...........


.

Posted by: 37th&OStreet | May 31, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Is Wexler retiring or simply destroying his career ???


What is going on ???

Why would a Congressman ON NATIONAL TELEVISION SAY THAT THE VOTERS OF HIS DISTRICT SHOULD NOT COUNT ???


Some get Wexler a straight jacket.

Some get Wexler some help now...........


.

Posted by: 37th&OStreet | May 31, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Need details on how legislature selected date...was it suggested from Democrats?....hmmmm...Why would Republicans want Democrats to get more attention by front loading their primary????

Posted by: Dan Sample | May 31, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

wait - "somber and dispassionate"? really?

nelson appeared to be trying to rouse the passions of the clinton people in the room from the start of his speech - his language and gestures were anything but somber and dispassionate. he was clearly playing to the crowd.

he also failed to answer the question regarding whether florida's democrats went along with the republican plan.

Posted by: kate | May 31, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Democratic party = circular firing squad

Posted by: WashingtonDame | May 31, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully Nelson and all the others who didn't stop this get thrown out of office.

Posted by: epthorn | May 31, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

I am sick of hearing about Florida suffering. The voters there in whatever number voted in an election like they do in Cuba or Russia, they didnt have the opportunity to see a real campaign. This whole meeting is ridiculous arguing about elections that were farcical because in Florida the candidates could not even show their face their. What the Clinton's are arguing for is to get the underdog to detrimentally rely on the rules and then give them the shaft. Obama voters should not be punished because Hillary wants to avoid the rules now after the election.

Posted by: Paul Nolan | May 31, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

As a voter in a state the FOLLOWED the rules, I think FL/MI should get ZERO.

When you break the rules, you get punished. FL & MI knew the punishment in advance and had plenty of time to change course.

The irony is, if they had just kept their primaries in place, they would have been the beneficiaries of hundreds of millions of dollars in campaign spending.

Posted by: GunnerGreg | May 31, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Sen. Nelson didn't need to get his Irish up, he gave all of us a refresher course in history as to how all of this came about. He had to divert from his talking points about how all of Floridians deserved to have their votes counted, yada yada yada. I personally wanted some background about how all of this came about, a refresher, if you will. So thanks Senator. Sorry you had to spend some of your valuable time educating these unwashed rabble out in Unwashed Rabbleville!

Posted by: FCWalker | May 31, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Hey Fix-

For those of us not following the details of what goes on day to day in Florida could you give us your take on Sen. Nelson's statements ..." making the case that Florida Democrats were trapped by state Republicans who control the state legislature and the governor's office."

Give us a fact check on these statements. How many dems voted for the amendment that Nelson referenced that would have changed the primary date?

Thanks
J

Posted by: Justin | May 31, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

The DNC sign in front of the chairpeople just half fell...perhaps a sign that 50% will be the choice today...

Posted by: jonathanR | May 31, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

I sincerely hope somebody asks the obvious questions...Where were all of these elected Florida Democrats back in August 2007? Why wasn't the Clinton machine objecting in August 2007 rather than agreeing and signing a mutual pledge to abide by the rules set down by the DNC?

Posted by: Joyce | May 31, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

I am sick of hearing about Florida suffering. The voters there in whatever number voted in an election like they do in Cuba or Russia, they didnt have the opportunity to see a real campaign. This whole meeting is ridiculous arguing about elections that were farcical because in Florida the candidates could not even show their face their. What the Clinton's are arguing for is to get the underdog to detrimentally rely on the rules and then give them the shaft. Obama voters should not be punished because Hillary wants to avoid the rules now after the election.

Posted by: Paul Nolan | May 31, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

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