May 28th, 2008
10:45 AM ET
12 years ago

Florida court throws out DNC suit

A Florida court threw out a lawsuit Wednesday challenging the Democratic Party's decision not to seat delegates from Florida.

A Florida court threw out a lawsuit Wednesday challenging the Democratic Party's decision not to seat delegates from Florida.

(CNN) - A Florida court threw out a lawsuit Wednesday challenging the Democratic Party's decision not to seat delegates from Florida - as litigants prepared to appeal the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Political consultant Victor DiMaio and his lawyer Michael Steinberg had compared the party's decision to earlier prohibitions against allowing African-Americans to vote and invoked the trauma of the Florida recount in the 2000 contest between Al Gore and George W. Bush, both arguments also used by Hillary Clinton to support the seating of the state’s delegates.

"This is nuts. This is not right. How can they remove Florida after all the things that Florida has suffered through– hanging chads, through Bush v Gore, and they're sticking it to us again," DiMaio said before the hearing.

Democratic Party chairman Howard Dean says the situations are not comparable.

"You cannot violate the rules of the process and then expect to get forgiven for it," he said.

Judge Richard Lazarra sided with the party, saying political parties have the right to make their own rules.

DiMaio's is the second Florida lawsuit protesting the Democratic Party's decision to be thrown out of court. An earlier one filed by Sen. Bill Nelson and Rep. Alcee Hastings, both Florida Democrats, was also dismissed.

soundoff (267 Responses)
  1. wolfsbane

    Come on, she needs the states to win!

    Don't you people understand the needs of this great woman?

    Needs she's putting before party and country, honesty and integrity?

    Why can't you bend the rules for her needs?

    She needs to win!

    May 28, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  2. Joe

    Waaahh! The Florida Supreme court won't let us hijack the Democratic party and change the rules that suits our political purpose. Let's cry together now! Waaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh!!!

    May 28, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  3. jc

    And let me guess – Judge Richard Lazarra is an Obama supporter. What else is new. I heard he walked on water last week.

    May 28, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  4. Independent

    For the last 20 years the WHITE HOUSE has become a house filled with one scandal after another. Every is aware of Billary track record and now the Bush aministration. She want to go back to the White House to continue her sandalious skeems. America, you have an opportunity to clean up[ this House this year so make the right choice
    OBAMA O8!!

    May 28, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  5. Flip Flop Clinton

    Didn't Clinton herself agree to "disenfranchise" the voters of MI and FL in the fall of 2007? Funny, now that she needs the votes, she is a champion of their cause. She never spoke up however 6 months ago.

    She is a liar and a flip flopper, and I hope she is not on the ticket with Obama. She will drag him down...

    May 28, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  6. Pat in Cali

    Who had the power to change the Florida election date? Republicans.

    Protest against the real culprits, the one who stole the election in 2004.

    Democrats will be united. The Republicans are not getting the last laugh this time.

    The Republicans have proven that they will do anything to win. They are just that devious.

    May 28, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  7. Scott - Florida

    As of today, we have Barack Obama winning Pledged Delegates, Superdelegates, States Won, Popular Vote......and the Clintonites still say they are winning.......truly delusional, and as Obama clinches the nomination within the next 7 days, either the Clinton's unite around his candidacy or they and their supporters will be truly hurting the Democratic Party. Delusional and selfish.

    May 28, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  8. Three more for our guy

    Come on CNN report that Obama got three more super delegates a while ago from Oregon, Guam and Colorado. Only 46 more to go....GO home Hillary and quit causing a rift in the party...

    May 28, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  9. 16,000.00 Floridians for Obama

    If we had a re-vote, Hillary would lose! They said our votes would not count and now they should'nt.

    May 28, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  10. A Latte Lover, Seattle, WA

    "You cannot violate the rules of the process and then expect to get forgiven for it," he said.

    Judge Richard Lazarra sided with the party, saying political parties have the right to make their own rules.

    That tells the entire story right there!!! Enough said!!!

    Older Women for Obama, 08

    May 28, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  11. Hillary Clinton Liar from Day 1

    Hillary, pack your trash because NYS no longer want you or your IMPEACHED husband here.

    Start looking for your next gimmick home-state where you can use your new demographic for your next big gimmack adventure

    New Yorkers will NOT allow you to play the race or gender card and tear our state apart for her personal greed.

    Hillary, WE WANT YOU OUT!

    May 28, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  12. John

    I just can't believe Floridians get screwed every time! Is this a Jeb thing? What's going on?? COUNT EVERY VOTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 28, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  13. Nita

    Hi Roland!!! is that really you??? Sounds like it!! Love to watch you on CNN. Thanks for keeping it real!

    May 28, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  14. Debby

    Figures that slime Dean would say this. Well without the votes being counted the Dumbs can kiss Florida goodbye and maybe Michigan to.

    May 28, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  15. Xavier, St. Louis, MO

    Good! Hillary and her faithful Clintonites started this fiasco because they lost and I hope the DNC stick to the rules agreed upon by everyone before this race started!

    GO HOME Hillary, GAME OVER!

    May 28, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  16. It's all about Love

    Yes, it's all about love. Can't you see the evil, corrupt system? It doesn't matter whether you choose Barack Obama, Hillary R. Clinton or John McCain they are all politicians which represent corruptions.

    May 28, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  17. lzh - VA

    Hillary – Has torn the Democratic party up in her selfish stake at the white house. The whole idea of having a woman and a minority running for office at the same time was just a bad idea from the begining. The majority has once again successfully slowed the minority from making a good country better. I have seen reports about the Clinton v Paul case even though people try to down play the legitmacy of the case you have to wonder what will happen to her if she does not take office. Will she be convicted? (because she does not have to stand trial if she is elected.)

    What a sad case another four years of Bush.
    When will we learn.

    May 28, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  18. DB

    Why are Hillary supporters so willing to critically wound their frontrunner? Is it that hard to see how skilled, fir and just Barack Obama would be as a leader. Just look at the way he has run his campaign. He has always respected his opponents even in the dirty game of politics. He has always says what he believes and most importantly he takes good advice and constructively criticizes his campaign aides (from reading about the innner workings of his campaign).

    Then again if you're only listening to the half truths and less than half truths from the Clintons, it's understandable that you could persuaded to dislike even the greatest of leaders.

    May 28, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  19. Mike

    The law suit was a joke just like the rest of the desperate, pathetic Clinton ploys to salvage her poorly run and lost campaign.

    May 28, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  20. Jennifer from Atlanta

    What a waste of taxpayers money all for the greed of a woman who doesn't care about the voters, the Dem party or anybody/anything but her own selfish desires. The voters will get their say but not at the brute force of a campaign that puts "Clinton first."

    May 28, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  21. J. Sully, New York

    The Clintons have got to stop!! This is in no way like the voting prohibitions against blacks. Those states broke the rules and they should be punished. Clinton and her supporters have no case. They have to stop ruining Obama's chances and ruining it for the Dem party.

    May 28, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  22. Eminem in GA

    Roland, I agree with you wholeheartedly. What I cannot understand for the life of me is why more of the mainstream media aren't reporting the truth of this story as you've stated above. This has nothing to do with being for or against Obama but has everything to do with the rules which were agreed upon by Clinton herself. Why isn't the video of her saying Michigan's primaries won't count being constantly looped over and over on a 24-hour cycle??

    This is absolutely ridiculous and if the nomination is UNFAIRLY handed to Clinton to "appease" her and her supporters, then it will be a total slap in the face to TRUE Democrats in this country. She lost fair and square. Her true COLORS are showing now and this really tells what she really thinks about the party – ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!! It's all about her and what she wants – downright sickening!!

    May 28, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  23. asor

    Democratic people of florida will not forget and will never forgive the socalled " leaders " who brought sue aginst their party. Is there any difference bewteen these people and renegade liberman. The answer is NO.

    May 28, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  24. Rebecca

    Roland Martin...you said it all. No other posts necessary!

    May 28, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  25. Marie

    Hillary knew the rules and she understood them, but she still insists that because she is losing that the rules must be changed. There are no second places in this game you either lose or win and she is losing!

    I am certain if the tables were turned she would not be invoking slavery and voters rights as a premise for this. The party can set the rules if you break them then you lose end of story. It's called natural consequences!

    May 28, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
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