Michigan revote dies another death

Stating that another vote "is not practical," Michigan Democrats formally end discussion of a primary do-over.

By Vincent Rossmeier

Published April 4, 2008 9:33PM (EDT)

Friday, the Michigan Democratic Party's executive committee officially ended the chances for a privately funded do-over of the state's Democratic presidential primary. In a statement, party leaders said such a move "is not practical." The Michigan Legislature had already killed a measure for a June 3 revote.

A statement released to the media reads:

The Michigan Democratic Party has carefully reviewed several proposals for a party-run primary or caucus as a means of resolving the dispute over the seating of the Michigan delegation to the 2008 Democratic National Convention. We have concluded that it is not practical to conduct such a primary or caucus. We will continue to work with the Working Group, the D.N.C. and the candidates to resolve this matter in a manner which is respectful of the views of Democrats in Michigan, and which is fair to those who voted in the January 15th Democratic primary.

Both Democratic campaigns have responded to the news in statements of their own. Hillary Clinton's deputy communications director, Phil Singer, said:

The issues and voters of Michigan are too important to be dismissed. Close to 600,000 Michiganians cast ballots in January and these votes cannot be ignored. We urge the DNC's Rules and Bylaws Committee to take all necessary steps to ensure the voices of the people of Michigan are heard and its delegates are seated at the Democratic convention this summer. Already, over 100,000 people have signed our petition calling on the DNC to seat the delegates from Michigan and Florida. We urge Senator Obama to join our efforts to ensure that the votes of the people of Michigan and Florida are counted.

And Barack Obama's campaign manager, David Plouffe, said in a statement of his own:

Senator Obama firmly believes that the Michigan delegation should be seated in Denver. A 50/50 split of the delegates is an eminently fair solution, especially since originally Senator Clinton herself said the Michigan primary wouldn't 'count for anything.' It's now up to the Clinton campaign: they can agree to a fair resolution or they can continue trying to score political points and change the rules. It's time to move forward. Senator Clinton should accept an equitable solution that allows Michigan to participate fully in the convention.

Vincent Rossmeier

Vincent Rossmeier is an editorial assistant at Salon.

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