Hello? I wonder why no one else has caught on to this and made the point that “refusing to seat the states’ delegations could remind voters of the ‘sordid history of racially discriminatory primaries.'”
On Feb 8, NAACP chairman Julian Bond sent DNC Chairman Howard Dean a letter expressing “great concern at the prospect that million of voters in Michigan and Florida could ultimately have their votes completely discounted.”
Refusing to seat the states’ delegations could remind voters of the “sordid history of racially discriminatory primaries,” he said.
The DNC penalized Michigan and Florida for moving their primaries to earlier dates in violation of party rules. Both states were stripped of their delegates, and the party’s presidential candidates signed a pledge not to campaign in either state. Florida lost 185 delegates; Michigan, 128. […]
In an interview, Bond said the NAACP had taken no position in the race between Clinton and Obama and would not endorse either candidate. He sent the letter on behalf of the voters in Michigan and especially Florida, where the Republican-controlled legislature and governor changed the state’s primary date.
“It struck me as making the voters, including minority voters in Florida particularly, victims of the Republican legislature in Florida. I wanted to get Chairman Dean to find some way to rectify the situation,” Bond said.