Don’t send party faithful out to pasture for primary date

The RNC has the right to do whatever it wants regarding the management of its convention, which will be in Tampa in August. This includes everything from the seating of delegates, to assigning hotel rooms for state delegations, to designating seating for delegates on the convention floor, to how many stupid hats, pins and buttons a delegate should be required to wear before plopping themselves in front of a TV camera to make total fools of themselves on national television.

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

Published January 17, 2012

Ask any Republican — from the rank-and-file grassroots to party leadership — what their No. 1 goal for 2012 is and the answer is always, “Send Obama an eviction notice.”

Yet somehow the Republican National Committee, most of its members and its national chairman, Reince Priebus, are hellbent on airing the party’s dirty laundry by taking Florida to the woodshed for violating the RNC’s “rules” about election dates.

I have what I think is a great idea to solve this “problem.” But first, it’s important to understand the facts. They are:

The RNC has the right to do whatever it wants regarding the management of its convention, which will be in Tampa in August. This includes everything from the seating of delegates, to assigning hotel rooms for state delegations, to designating seating for delegates on the convention floor, to how many stupid hats, pins and buttons a delegate should be required to wear before plopping themselves in front of a TV camera to make total fools of themselves on national television.

Florida is a sovereign state with the legal right, power, will and authority to schedule its presidential primary election date whenever it chooses.

For years the RNC has recognized the Iowa/New Hampshire “first in the nation” election calendar is flawed and needs to be changed. The committee has failed to… (Click here to read the full column in The Tampa Tribune.)

Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of Irreverent View. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, and National Review online. He is the Republican political analyst for Bay News 9, the only 24 hour all news channel in Florida’s largest media market. The opinions expressed here are those of author and do not represent the views of Bay News 9. E-mail him at: Chris@IrreverentView.com.

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5 thoughts on “Don’t send party faithful out to pasture for primary date”

  1. Chris, Have heard from FL Representatives in my area that the decision was made by only “12” handpicked legislators who met in a closed door session to make the decision to vote early. And, that the FL House and Senate, as whole bodies, were not consulted on this issue. If this is true and valid then many of our state officials were not even allowed to participate and represent their constituencies. Is this true or not?

    Yes, I agree that no state elected government officials need to have passes nor be delegates to the convention floor. However, you are correct in that it will be the hardworking, phone calling, ground pounding walkers, bag stuffers, and sign waving folks who do not get the opportunity to even be considered as delegates. That is sad! L.K.

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  2. Reply to LK:

    Technically there was a committee that picked the date. That committee was set up by the full legislature. Members were picked by the legislative leadership and the governor. The mechanics of it was typical of the political games played in Tallahassee. It was a foregone conclusion re: what Fla. was going to do related to the date. Your question/point about full legislature not being “allowed” to participate is technically true, but the full legislature voted to set up the committee and abdicate its own authority. So the full legislature is to blame for the mess.

    Chris Ingram

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  3. Ever heard the expression, “what you sow, you reap”? RNC rules were clear; Florida violated them, so why the wailing and gnashing of teeth? I am VERY unimpressed with the early primary move. I believe the Legislature did this for purely their own power plays — to favor certain candidates, and give the “BigWig” influence makers more say in endorsements, etc. Doesn’t benefit the rank and file voter, to me– over the past 25 years or so I think the average person benefited from a later date; we got more in person visits from the candidates, chances to meet them; now we just get more canned TV ads.

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  4. I am always up to what is happening I could not believe that I saw a VOTE sign on cross creek blvd in front of the library, In my opinion it is a sad day to say the least, the supervisor of elections has not had any publicity about the primary election, lets get our act together. We do neet 4 more years of the group that is in charge of D C, We will be in big trouble if some of the canidates that are running decide to run as independents, we will be swept away with the tide.

    J C

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  5. No state senator or state representative should be a delegate to the convention or issued a pass to go on the floor of the convention. No VIP passes either! The state and county Republicans need to make sure they get the message about how badly this has cost us.

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