Via TPM Election Central:
In a statement, Florida Dem party chair Karen Thurman has just made it official: Florida state officials have nixed the possibility of a revote altogether:
“Last week, the Florida Democratic Party laid out the only existing way that we can comply with DNC Rules – a statewide revote run by the Party – and asked for input.
Thousands of people responded. We spent the weekend reviewing your messages, and while your reasons vary widely, the consensus is clear: Florida doesn’t want to vote again.
So we won’t.
A party-run primary or caucus has been ruled out, and it’s simply not possible for the state to hold another election, even if the Party were to pay for it. Republican Speaker of the Florida House Marco Rubio refuses to even consider that option. Florida is finally moving to paper ballots, which is a good thing, but it means that at least 15 counties do not have the capacity to handle a major election before the June 10th DNC primary deadline.
This doesn’t mean that Democrats are giving up on Florida voters. It means that a solution will have to come from the DNC Rules & Bylaws Committee, which is scheduled to meet again in April.”
The full letter is at the TPM link. Of course, the Florida Dem Chair is blaming all of this on FL Republicans.
I’m confused as to what will happen at this point. Barack Obama and his supporters will raise an absolute stink – and rightly so – if the DNC decides, contrary to their original rules, to seat the delegates from the original primary after all. But at the same time, if there’s no re-vote, how do you seat the delegates?