In the 2000 election, just a handful of votes changed the outcome.
Florida Democrats now say if the state’s delegates are not seated and counted at the party convention this summer, the national party might as well give up on winning Florida in November.
“I don’t think that the DNC understands the growing anger here in the State of Florida,” says Sen. Steve Geller (D-Broward County, FL).
Since a proposal for a mail in ballot was released on Friday, the national party, both presidential hopefuls, and all of Florida’s congressional Democrats have said it is a lousy idea.
By mid-afternoon Monday, Democrats were close, but still not ready to pull the plug on the mail-in vote. Around the Capitol, there is concern that fewer democrats going to the polls could hurt the party’s chances of picking up a half dozen legislative seats.
frustration is the word that best describes Senate Democratic Leader Steve Geller’s mood.
“One of the things I think we’re very close to doing, that I’’m very close to doing, is to call upon all donors to the DNC to completely cut off all their donations, to redirect it to the state party instead,” Sen. Geller says.
While Democrats worry, Republicans continue to push the idea of seating all of the delegates, knowing full well the turmoil helps their party in the end.