Tuesday, October 09, 2007

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on the Fla. Primary

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the honorary chairman of the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, said the real decision about whether to seat Florida's delegates will be made by the presidential nominee.
Pelosi, at a round-table discussion with reporters in Washington, said the Democratic National Committee can try to enforce its rules, but the party's authority essentially ends when the convention begins.

"The reality is if you want to know if Florida is going to be seated, ask the Democratic nominee when one emerges," she said.

The DNC stripped Florida of its 210 delegates after the state Legislature voted to move the state's primary to Jan. 29, a week earlier than permitted under party rules.
Then, at the behest of the four authorized early states -- South Carolina, New Hampshire, Iowa and Nevada - the leading Democratic candidates pledged not to campaign in Florida until after the primary. Even their spouses won't come to the Florida Democratic Convention later this month.

Pelosi, of California, seemed sympathetic to Florida's plight: She noted that not only did the GOP-led Legislature change but it put a property tax issue on the ballot "that the Democrats just could not walk away from."

Pelosi, a veteran DNC member, she said she played the role of the "enforcer" of party rules in 1984, as chairman of the host committee for the 1984 convention in San Francisco. "I did what I had to do and they did what they had to do," she said. "The ultimate authority is ... the nominee."

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