Judge tosses Fla. delegate suit

TAMPA, Fla., May 28 (UPI) -- A federal judge in Tampa, Fla., Wednesday ruled the Democratic National Committee has the right to make its own rules for party primaries and delegates.

Judge Richard Lazzara tossed a lawsuit challenging the party's decision not to seat delegates from Florida, CNN reported. The DNC stripped Florida and Michigan of their delegates at the party's convention because the two states moved their primaries to earlier dates.


Political consultant Victor DiMaio and his attorney said the decision could be compared to prohibitions against allowing African-Americans to vote.

It is the second Florida lawsuit protesting the party's decision to be disallowed, following a challenge by Rep. Alcee Hastings and Sen. Bill Nelson, both Florida Democrats.

DiMaio said he was considering a U.S. Supreme Court appeal.

Meanwhile, national Democratic leaders are likely to meet Florida and Michigan officials halfway in resolving the delegate issue, two rules committee members told CNN.

The DNC's Rules and Bylaws Committee meets Saturday in Washington to consider what to do with the delegates. Besides deciding whether to seat the delegates -- or if at all -- the panel must determine how to allocate delegates between Sens. Hillary Clinton of New York and Barack Obama of Illinois.


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