A member of the DNC's Rules And Bylaws Committee--the committee that stripped
Florida and Michigan of its delegates for moving their primaries before February
5th--told me that Michigan plans to get out of its uncounted delegate problem by
announcing a new caucus in the next few days.
"They want to play. They know
how to do caucuses," the DNC source said. "That was their plan all along, before
they got cute with the primary."
It's somewhat frustrating, though it would be nice if Michigan got an extra say in this Democratic race. Also, look at this:
Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) warned the Democratic National Committee (DNC)
Thursday that it is facing the “biggest train wreck you’ve ever seen” if a
standoff is not resolved over his state’s pledged delegates to the party’s
presidential nominating convention.
Nelson sent a letter to DNC Chairman
Howard Dean Thursday asking the committee to either accept the Jan. 29 results
of the primary election or pay for a redo of the elections, which could cost in
the range of $20 million. He sent the letter after Dean did not return his
telephone call Wednesday.
“If they go to the Democratic Convention and
stiff-arm the Florida delegations, how in the world do you think Floridians are
going to support the Democratic nominee on Nov. 4?” Nelson told reporters
Thursday. “It’s in everybody’s interest to find a solution to this
However, earlier in the day, Dean said the party would not pay for
“We can’t afford to do that,” Dean stated on CBS’s “Early
Show.” “That’s not our problem. We need our money to win the presidential race.”
What does Dean mean it's "not his problem"? He's the chairman of the DNC, fixing this mess is exactly his problem. It also appears the state won't pay for this (which is pretty galling, because it was their Republican controlled legislature that moved the date up in the first place).