GOP chairman pledges no ‘kumbaya’ for Florida 2012 delegates
The 2012 nomination calendar appears to have once again survived various states jockeying for position, but the drama isn’t quite over.
Speaking with ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus indicated there would be no forgiveness for Florida’s 2012 leap-frog that tossed the calendar set by the national political parties into chaos.
“There is no discretion. There is no coming back. There is no kumbaya that’s going to happen in two months. The nominee isn’t going to be able to do a thing about it,” Priebus said.
“They’re going to lose half of their delegates and that’s a pretty serious penalty.”
The Orlando Sentinel reports that the loss of delegates is something state officials have already taken into consideration, noting that 50 of the state’s 99 delegates will be allotted as a part of a winner-take-all contest.
As Iowans involved in previous calendar squabbles can well attest, the intention of the national political party might be to penalize the states who violate calendar rules, but the final decision has typically been left in the hands of the presidential nominee — a person that doesn’t typically want to alienate any delegates from any state. In an effort to remove that conflict for the nominee — and to prevent state’s from circumventing the consequences of their actions — Preibus said that Florida will only have 50 delegates; that’s all that will be elected.
“They are not going to be able to recreate their delegate strength,” he added.
Similar penalties will also be applied to the other primary states that moved their dates forward.
“The penalty is there. The penalty is going to stick. That’s all there is to it,” he concluded.