Nelson said Friday Florida Dems are prepared to pursue legal action against the DNC.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Florida, vowed Friday to consider legal action against the Democratic National Committee, if the national party imposes sanctions against the Florida Democratic Party for holding its presidential primary on Jan. 29, 2008.
“If the Democratic National Committee sanctions Florida then some of us [in] the Florida Congressional delegation may ask an appropriate legal venue to determine whether or not a political parties rules can supersede someone’s right to vote,” Nelson said in a conference call.
DNC rules prohibit any state other than Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina from holding a nominating contest before Feb. 5, 2008. One of the sanctions would be to limit the number of delegates Florida would be able to send to the Democratic National Convention next summer.
On Saturday, a DNC committee will consider the 2008 state delegate selection plans for 33 states including Florida.
- CNN Political Editor Mark Preston