Friday, April 25, 2008

A very specific action alert!

[April 26 - UPDATE: Yesterday, after this action alert was posted, the RCB released a memo announcing a meeting to address two complaints. It is not clear from the memo whether the Florida superdelegates' complaint is one of the two to be addressed. The RCB meeting is scheduled for May 31.]

For some reason, the Democratic National Committee seems unwilling to act on its own rules.

Yesterday, at a strategy session I attended in Washington, DC, Clinton campaign director Terry McAuliffe alerted those present that two superdelegates from Florida had filed a formal complaint with Party's rules committee board, which is refusing to count them. Regardless of the status of the seating of the Florida delegation, it is a violation of DNC rules to refuse to seat the Florida's superdelegates (superdelegates are not chosen by primary). Guess what Howard Dean is doing? Refusing to refer the complaint to the rules committee. Terry urged everybody in the room and everybody we know to contact the DNC and specifically ask that the RCB address the complaint filed by the two Florida delegates. The telephone number for the D.N.C. is 202-863-8000. Call and simply say that you want to make sure that the Party's rules committee addresses the Florida superdelegates' recently filed complaint immediately.

Please call today and if you cannot do so today, the D.N.C. is open tomorrow, Saturday!

Phone calls
are the preferred method of contact because they get the most attention, but I did post a comment with Howard Dean's email address.

7 Comments:

Anonymous TriciaNC said...

I just called. I didn't even have to wait. Someone answered right away and said that she was sure it would be and thanked me for calling. You know, the canned answer but got to do it. Please call!!

Does anyone have the email address, as well?

April 25, 2008 at 11:44 AM  
Anonymous ClassyChic said...

This is outrageous. Dean should resign.

April 25, 2008 at 11:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

H.Dean's emial address:

howarddean@dnc.org

April 25, 2008 at 12:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Dean, as each day passes I get more upset with myself for supporting and donating to your candidacy in 04'. Your leadership skills have got to be questioned in regards to what's going on in my state, Florida. I thought the DNC was supposed to be the leader of ALL Democrats. But because of a political pissing match between the DNC and the Florida politicians, you have decided to punish the voters. Not the politicians, but the VOTERS. We have done no wrong and now you won't even allow the petition by Florida Supers D's to be seen be the rules committee????? Why? The bottom line is ALL of this is as a result from your poor leadership and failure to look at what future problems may occur because of the stripping of all delegates from Florida and Michigan. You never thought it would matter. What upsets me the most is that the Republicans actually handled it properly. They punished Florida but they didn't take away the peoples voices and votes. Why didn't you do the same thing??? YOu could have easily have stripped half the delegates but you wanted to act as though you were taking a strong stance to punish politicians. But in fact, you have punished voters, the backbone of this party and in two very important states. Now we are where we are now, in a debacle of situation. I have already received my change of party affiliation in the mail, and I will switch my party affiliation to independent if something isn't done about this. I'm sick of my party taking me for granted, the Republicans don't do that with their base and that's why they end up winning more. Now you seem to be worried about what's fair to the candidates??? What about the people in my state and in Michigan? Our votes don't count and a re-vote cannot be done because it may help or hurt one candidate? What kind of BS is that? Are we not the party of Thomas Jefferson? Do all votes count only if they bow down to some arbitrary rules that a bunch of big wig DNC politicians came up with? Granted this is not entirely your fault, but your job is to look out for the party and all the Democrats from EVERY state and not punish every Dem. Voter in a state, because of a bunch of politicians decide to cross your line in the sand. A majority of Republicans, I might add. I hope you stop snubbing your nose at us and do something about it. We already have 1,000's of people who will sit out this election in protest. You can't expect us to be loyal, when you don't show your loyalty to help and protect our rights. Thank you.

April 25, 2008 at 1:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just called and was referred to voice mail but left a message stating that the Florida superdelegates' complaint needs to be forwarded to the rules committee, and that if Dean is so concerned about the rules, he needs to follow them ALL the time. I also said, that "many of us are watching."

His behavior has become more and more unethical. Did anyone ever find out if he was involved in cancelling the NC debate? I agree with Lanny Davis, it's time for him to step down. I think we need to start some kind of organized action (a petition?) to pressure him. He is a loose cannon with no accountability. Well, he is accountable, and we need to remind him again. (fif)

April 25, 2008 at 4:24 PM  
Blogger eddie89 said...

I sent an e-mail to Howard Dean at the address above.
I asked him if he considered himself the caliber of a man that Mao Tse Tung was.
There is no moving him.
This has to be the first time ever Americans votes have been taken away, except of course in 2000 when Jeb Bush purged the rolls of many afro-americans.
This is the dirtiest political trick ever and what rules do exist he now chooses to ignore.
I would have done everything I could to bend the rules to allow people votes to count and let the delegates be seated but I BELIEVE HE DID THIS FOR OBAMA KNOWING CLINTON WOULD BE STRONG IN FLORIDA.
Just like President NIXON he will DENY IT.
Who didn't know we had trick Dicks here on the Left?

April 25, 2008 at 10:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello, The voters of Florida were not able to stop our primary from being moved up and we want our votes counted.

By the way, Florida and Michigan weren't the only states that broke party rules. Five states did. Please take the time to read this article: http://www.democracyfornewhampshire.com/node/view/5465

I don't think the DNC will ever get away with what it has been trying to pull.

April 26, 2008 at 8:11 PM  

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