By Chris Ingram
The Tampa Tribune
Published April 14, 2012
With Rick Santorum now out of the race for the Republican nomination for president, Mitt Romney has no serious challengers remaining and can begin to focus on beating Barack Obama.
With all the speculation about a hotly contested floor fight now nothing but a dream in the minds of political prognosticators and the media, there are likely benefits to Florida Republicans headed to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, now that Romney is the apparent nominee.
Florida delegates are currently facing a number of sanctions imposed by the Republican National Committee. The Florida delegation is facing these disciplinary actions because the Florida Legislature moved the state’s presidential primary date ahead of the schedule preferred by the RNC. The sanctions include cutting the state’s delegation in half.
Additionally, the RNC has said it will assign the Florida delegation less-than-preferred hotel and venue locations, revoke additional passes to the convention, and assign convention seating in the nosebleed section of the convention hall.
Florida Republican National Committeewoman Sharon Day (who is also the secretary of the Republican National Committee) recently told a reporter, “The country is going through this awkward, pained process because we jumped so early, and we had no impact.” She also said she doesn’t see the penalties being lifted.
I called Day and challenged her assertion that Florida had no impact. In fact, Florida began the righting of the listing of the S.S. Mitt Romney and had a tremendous impact on the selection of Romney as the eventual nominee. His victory here proved he had broad mainstream appeal in a state with a diverse population that more accurately reflects the demographics of the United States than any other.
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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