This is too good to ignore. In a hot off the press AP release Howard Dean said that he will punish Florida (my part year residency state) if they move their primary up. I guess this is going to be the opportunity for Dean to demonstrate his prestige and influence by threatening to keep Democratic candidates out of Florida and presumably other sanctions. Being that Florida is most definitely an “iffy” state for the Democrats and they can’t likely win without it all I can say to Howard is if you want a war with Florida then I have 3 words for you………”Bring it On”
Not only will Florida be punished if it moves up its presidential primary, but Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said any Democratic candidate who steps foot in the state will be too. Dean acknowledges that Florida is the state most likely to jump ahead of states like California and New York, which are moving up to the Feb. 5 primary, but it, and any other state, will do so at a cost. He said he supports a Jan. 19 caucus in Nevada and a Jan. 29 primary in South Carolina because it adds more diversity to the process. Florida lawmakers make a similar argument. The state has a mix of cultures, ethnicity and race; urban and rural areas; and Southerners and transplants from the north that make it look much like the country as a whole. That, and its size they say, should give it more say in deciding the presidency.” © 2007 Associated Press.