Politics | WCTV Eyewitness News: Tallahassee, Thomasville, Valdosta

Delegates Still Up in the Air

By: Mike Vasilinda
By: Mike Vasilinda

Hundreds of mobility disadvantaged Floridians were in Tallahassee to
draw attention to the obstacles they confront. Not having their Primary
vote count isn’t something they want to face.
“A lot of times we struggle to get in to vote when you’re disadvantaged.
And to go to the trouble to do it and not have it mean anything,” says veteran David Lowe.
Conversations are now taking place about whether or not the legislature
should get involved when sorting out who won the primary. One idea has lawmakers playing a very high stakes game.
“It would say that any national party that did not seat the delegates
from the State of Florida would not be able to have their nominee on the
ballot,” says Sen. Nan Rich (D-Miami, FL).
Similarities to the contested election in2000 are building. House Democratic Leader Dan Gelber says the pressure isn’t going away.
“If we don’t do a complied event that the DNC has blessed, whether you
like it or not that’s where we are, then we’re not going to have the
chance to have our delegates counted,” Rep. Gelber (D-Miami Beach, FL).
A Tampa activist who is already in federal court wanting to make sure
the January 29th vote stands and says he will do everything he can to
block a redo.
“I’m sure the New England Patriots would love a do-over Super Bowl, if
they had another 15 minutes or maybe another chance at it. But it’s
over, it’s done with,” says Victor DiMaio.
The Federal Appeals Court hearing is Monday the 17th. Activist DiMaio
says if he loses there, he will go to the US Supreme Court. If Florida’s delegates were seated based on the January 29th results, Hillary Clinton would pick up about 50 delegates against Barack Obama.


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