Tampa, Florida (CNN) - Anxieties about the fate of the presidential nominating process broke out into the open Thursday during a meeting of the Republican National Committee, but party officials declined to take formal action against states that might disrupt the primary calendar in 2012.
The issue is hardly dead, however, and figures to be high on the agenda when the RNC meets again this winter, just before the Republican primary voters begin casting ballots in the presidential race.
Multiple states, including Arizona, Florida and Michigan, are threatening to hold early primaries in violation of party rules that protect Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina as the first four nominating states. No state other than the first four is allowed to have a caucus or primary contest prior to March 6, 2012.
RNC members at the committee's summer meeting in Tampa were debating whether to issue a formal warning to states wanting to move ahead in the process.
According to a motion approved by the RNC's presidential calendar committee, states pondering a move were to be put on notice that their delegations to the Republican National Convention in Tampa next August would not only be cut in half, but also stripped of their VIP passes and guest privileges.
In addition, delegations from offending states would be banished to inferior seating locations in the convention hall and the worst hotels in the Tampa Bay area.
But after a brief debate inside the RNC Rules Committee meeting, the motion was tabled.
Party officials planned to revisit the controversy at their winter meeting next January.
Michigan Committeeman Saul Anuzis said the RNC will have a better sense of which states deserve the stricter penalties by then, because primary dates will be largely set by Oct. 1 of this year.
"In January, we will actually be passing out penalties," Anuzis said.
Is this kind of leadership they have been screaming for – "WAIT AND SEE". Great job GOP show the country how your party leads by example. Get off your butts an purge those fiscal terrorists from the ranks.
You repugs need to stop fighting consumer confidence, you guys have created a all out war on consumers by constantly waning them that your going to take their spending money. They are pulling money from their banks, stocks, IRAs, you name it. They see now that Obama won't beable to stand up to your austerity meddling with the economy so they're heading for the hills.
Y'all must be relieved for now. But watch your backs, because you know your hierarchy is locked and loaded, and
the safety switch can be unlocked in a nano-second.
Very simple problem to solve: set a national primary date! First Tuesday in May every state has their primary election.
Wait and see if we can do redistricting in favor of Rethugs.