A special thanks to 2parse blog for this tip.
When all else fails extortion seems to be the coin of the realm for big money Clinton supporters. Time and time again the biggest headache for the Democrats has been the Florida Democratic leadership and its unwillingness to stick to agreements and play by the rules. This morning the NY Times is reporting:
… influential fund-raisers for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton have stepped up their behind-the-scenes pressure on national party leaders to resolve the matter, with some even threatening to withhold their donations to the Democratic National Committee unless it seats the delegates from the two states or holds new primaries there.
Apparently the Florida Demcoratic leadership and their money masters want to continue the charade of representing the voters of Florida. Please! I was born in the day; it just wasn’t yesterday. The full story of how the Florida delegates were stripped must be told to a much wider audience. It is time to stop the meme that Florida Democrats were the victims of those mean Republicans. They were not. While Florida Republicans were inside sticking up the bank, Florida Democrats were nervously chain-smoking out in the get away car hoping not to get caught. But Clinton’s Big Money supporters want their money back if their vote doesn’t count? Maybe they should talk to Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Karen Thurman, or maybe they already have? She seems to be part of the big money corporatist problem in Florida.
Jon Ausman, a Florida representative to the Democratic National Committee released an email last August 2007, here’s the money quote:
1.Florida Democratic Legislators sponsored the bill to move the primary to January 29th;
2.Florida House Democratic Legislators voted in committee three times for the bill to move the primary to January 29;
3.All but one Florida House Democratic Legislator vote on the floor to move the primary to January 29; and,
4.Florida House Democratic Leader Dan Gelber stated, after receiving a call from DNC Chair asking for help in opposing setting the primary date before February 5, “I don´t
represent Howard Dean.”
5.Florida House Democratic Leader Dan Gelber stated, after offering an amendment to move the primary to February 5th, that the only reason he offer it was “to show that there was an attempt to state within the Democratic Party rules.” The amendment
failed on a voice vote with no debate being offered.
6.Florida Senate Democratic Legislators voted in committee to move the primary to January;
7.Florida Senate Democratic Leader Steve Geller stated on the Senate floor that he was offering an amendment to move the primary to February 5 only because he was threatened by DNC Chair Howard Dean. Sen. Geller than mocked his own amendment which failed on a voice vote without any debate.
By this account it doesn’t appear that Florida Democrats were victimized by anyone. Florida Democrats are now in the bank threatening a stickup of their own.